May 14, 2013

High School Tennis Notebook: Windham coach finds spots for good athletes

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Margot Andreasen

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Brendan McCarthy

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

GIRLS

Margot Andreasen, Portland sophomore: In a battle of unbeaten SMAA teams, Andreasen earned the clinching point of a 3-2 victory over Scarborough with a 6-3, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles. In seven other singles matches entering the week, her combined games score was 84-5.

HONORABLE MENTION

Olivia Leavitt, Falmouth sophomore: Won four matches without dropping a game at No. 1 singles for unbeaten Falmouth and earned the top seed in Region 5 qualifying for the state singles tournament.

Devri Ramsey, McAuley sophomore: Remained unbeaten at No. 1 singles with victories against Windham, Cheverus and Deering without dropping a set. Also earned the top non-Falmouth seed (fourth overall) in Region 5 for singles qualifying.

Maisie Silverman, Brunswick junior: The defending state singles champion won her fifth and sixth straight 6-0, 6-0 matches of the season at No. 1 singles to lead the Dragons to a perfect 7-0 record, with every victory a shutout.

BOYS

Brendan McCarthy, Falmouth junior: Remained unbeaten by defeating 2011 singles state champion Patrick Ordway of Waynflete 6-3, 6-1 to give Falmouth a 3-2 victory over the Flyers in a match between the defending Class B and Class C state champions.

HONORABLE MENTION

Josh Behrens, Kennebunk senior: Won three matches at No. 1 singles without dropping a game as the Rams entered the week with an unbeaten record. Earned the eighth seed in Region 5 singles tournament qualifying.

Ryan Gilbert, Gorham senior: Remained unbeaten at No. 2 singles as the Rams took a 9-0 record into the week. Unseeded in the Region 5 singles qualifying, Gilbert has won every match in straight sets.

Peter Higgins, Cape Elizabeth junior: Remained unbeaten in team singles play as the Capers ran their record to 9-0, tops in Class B West. Also joined teammates Matt Gilman and Satchel McCarthy among the top five singles seeds in Region 5.

Classmates Maisie Silverman and Alik Stankiewicz round out a potent singles lineup, but it was two doubles victories that gave the Dragons a 3-2 victory over McAuley in the Class A state finals last spring.

The rise of freshman Elizabeth Day on the doubles ladder gives Manter hope for solidifying that area of the team.

Day "is a very good athlete and is now, with the experience of practices, beginning to understand doubles," Manter said. "She may be an important part of the mix."

KENNEBUNK SENIOR Josh Behrens entered the week with a three-year unbeaten streak in team play. At No. 3 singles as a sophomore, No. 2 as a junior and No. 1 as a senior, Behrens took a 37-match winning streak into Monday's match against Windham.

THE SMAA and WMC doubles tournaments will be held Saturday. There was some talk of delaying the singles qualifying until the weekend instead of Tuesday, and Portland High Coach Bonnie Moran is glad nothing came of it.

"There's too many kids who play doubles," she said.

Last year's SMAA girls final was an all-Portland affair, between Moran's second and third teams. Her top team lost in the quarters.

 

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