Sunday, March 9, 2014
From staff reports
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"Other than (against) Falmouth, these are definitely the most challenging matches," McCarthy said of the competition within his own team to earn one of the three available slots for the singles tournament. "I think we're going to have a few more challenge matches before the (team) playoffs."
Gilman, Higgins and McCarthy are seeded three through five in Region 5, where 17 players will advance to the statewide Round of 48 scheduled for May 25 at Lewiston High. The top two boys in Region I are Falmouth senior Brendan McCarthy and former state champion Patrick Ordway, a Waynflete senior.
Seventy boys and 64 girls are entered in the Region 5 draw, headquartered at Waynflete for boys and Deering High for girls. Lewiston High will host Region 4, which will send eight players to the Round of 48. Mt. Ararat (girls) and Cony (boys) are the sites for Region 3, which also will send eight.
Region 2, held at the University of Maine in Orono, must whittle fields of 59 girls and 67 boys to 11 of each. Caribou High will host Region 1, which contributes four players to each draw.
Each region is seeded for qualifying, then the whole deck gets reshuffled with new seeds for the Round of 48. Falmouth snagged the top three seeds in the Region 5 girls draw: Olivia Leavitt, Julia Brogan and Libby Voccola. Devri Ramsey of McAuley is fourth and Lena Rich of NYA is fifth.
The defending state champions, Maisie Silverman of Brunswick and Jordan Friedland of Lincoln Academy, are the top seeds in Region 3.
"I'm really excited for the singles tournament," said Cape Elizabeth's McCarthy. "It's going to be very interesting this year."
-- Staff Writers Tom Chard, Steve Craig and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.