(From left) Ellsworth’s Norman Jodrey and Miriam Nelson, Mount Desert Island’s Regitze Jacobsen and George Stevens Academy’s Courtney Bianco will play in the state singles tennis tournament’s last 48 after qualifying May 11 at Bangor High School. FILE PHOTOS; JACOBSEN PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS POPPER/WDEA

Local tennis players reach last 48 in state singles tournament

ELLSWORTH — Four local high school tennis players will be participating in the state singles tournament’s last 48 after qualifying Saturday at Bangor High School.

Ellsworth’s Norman Jodrey began his day with an 8-4 victory over George Stevens Academy’s Connary Williamson in the preliminary round. Entering the qualifying round as the No. 8 boys’ player in Region 2, the senior defeated J.D. Turner of Calais 6-2, 6-0 to clinch his berth in the last 48.

On the girls’ side, Miriam Nelson claimed wins in both of her matches to make it two Ellsworth seniors in the round of 48. Nelson defeated Belfast’s Emily Woods 8-0 in her prelim match to secure the No. 5 seed in the qualifying round, where she defeated Brewer senior Riley Curtis 6-4, 6-3 to advance.

Mount Desert Island’s Regitze Jacobsen delivered one of the day’s most dominant performances with easy victories in both rounds of girls’ play. Jacobsen began the day with an 8-1 over Brewer’s Emilie Ireland in the prelims before qualifying with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Calais junior Kelly Carter as Region 2’s second-ranked player. Jacobsen, an exchange student from Kolding, Denmark, has yet to lose a match this season.

GSA’s Courtney Bianco reached the girls’ qualifying round with an 8-0 prelim win over Old Town’s Haidee Hodson. Although Bianco lost the first set of her qualifying match to Hampden Academy’s Mikiko Frey, the GSA senior battled back to claim a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win and reach the last 48.

Qualified players will go to Lewiston High School on May 24 for the next two rounds of tournament play. Winners will return to the school the following day for the round of 16 and quarterfinals. The semifinals and championships will be held May 27 at Bates College.

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