Jocelyn Bolt, Gorham sophomore: As the 12th seed in the MPA singles state tournament, Bolt knocked off No. 5 Meredith Kelley in three sets and No. 4 Gabrielle Marquis in two sets before finally succumbing in the semifinals to three-time finalist Rosemary Campanella. In team play, Bolt went 11-2 to lead the Rams to an 11-1 regular season and No. 2 regional seed before being upset 3-2 by No. 7 Thornton Academy.

Grace Campanella, Kennebunk sophomore: Seeded second in the singles tournament, the left-handed Campanella breezed through her first three matches with only one game lost. She won her semifinal, 6-1, 6-1, then defeated her older sister, Rosemary, 6-2, 6-4 for the title. She was also unbeaten in team play for Kennebunk/Wells, which lost 3-2 to Scarborough in the Class A South quarterfinals.

Rosemary Campanella, Wells senior: For the third straight year, Campanella advanced to the final of the singles tournament. Seeded first, she lost only one game in her first four matches before a 6-2, 6-4 loss to her younger sister, Grace. In team competition, Campanella led Kennebunk/Wells to a 9-4 record. She plans to continue her career at Merrimack College.

Caitlin Cass, Lincoln Academy freshman: Seeded sixth in the singles tournament, Cass advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory over No. 3 Izzy Evans before losing 6-1, 6-1 to eventual champion Grace Campanella. In team play, Cass led Lincoln to its first Class B title, providing the decisive victory in a 3-2 win over Caribou.

Izzy Evans, Greely senior: As the third seed in the singles tournament, Evans reached the quarterfinals for a third year but lost a tight three-set match to No. 6 Caitlin Cass. Evans was undefeated in team competition, leading the Rangers (13-1) to the No. 2 seed in Class B South before they fell 3-2 to Cape Elizabeth in the Class B South semifinals. She plans to continue her career at the University of British Columbia.

Anastasia Kapothanasis, Cheverus junior: Seeded 10th in the singles tournament, Kapothanasis rallied to a 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 7 Blair Hollyday of Cape Elizabeth to reach the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champ Grace Campanella. Kapothanasis also had a victory early in the season against singles semifinalist Jocelyn Bolt and helped Cheverus (10-3) to the No. 3 seed in Class A South.

Meredith Kelley, Falmouth sophomore: After a disappointing singles tournament in which the fifth-seeded Kelley lost in three sets to No. 12 Jocelyn Bolt, she rallied at the Class A state finals to extend Falmouth’s title reign to 11 years and match streak to 173 in a row. With the championship match tied at 2 and Kelley down a set to Lewiston’s Abby Svor, Kelley came back to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Gabrielle Marquis, Caribou senior: Seeded fourth in singles, Marquis advanced to the quarterfinals before losing 6-3, 6-1 to No. 12 Jocelyn Bolt. In team competition, Marquis led the Vikings to a 15-1 record and a second straight berth in the Class B state final, where Caribou fell 3-2 to Lincoln Academy. She leaves high school with a 58-3 overall mark and two regional titles. She will attend the University of Maine.


Aaron Ward, Mattanawcook Academy: Since the Maine Principals’ Association expanded the classifications for tennis prior to the 1995 season, every Class C team champion had come from Western or Southern Maine – until this spring. A four-time runner-up, Northern Maine champ Mattanawcook finally broke through with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Maranacook to cap a 16-0 season. “We beefed up our schedule this year,” said Ward, in his ninth season leading the program, noting the addition of Orono and George Stevens Academy. “That was huge for us.” Ward also conducts twice-weekly summer sessions with about 30 kids, many of whom pick up a racket for the first time as freshmen.

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