Hugh Bowden

MDI Girls Fall in Tennis Final

Hugh Bowden
Julia Christie of the Mount Desert Island Trojans lines up a return in her marathon four-hour match on Wednesday.

WATERVILLE — For nearly four hours on Wednesday, junior Julia Christie of the Mount Desert Island Trojans and freshman Olivia Lopes of the Waterville Purple Panthers battled in the deciding match of the Eastern Maine Class B Girls’ Tennis Championships at Colby College.

The first two sets were about as close as they could be with Christie taking the opener 7-5, and Lopes rallying from behind late in the second set to win 7-6 in a 7-5 tiebreaker.

But Lopes had just enough left in the tank to outlast Christie in the third set of the second singles matchup, winning 6-1 to give her fourth-ranked Purple Panthers the EM title by a 3-2 score.

Senior Grace Robbins had given the Trojans the early lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jayme Saulter at third singles.

The Trojans went up 2-0 when the second doubles duo of Mia Musetti and Caroline Brown survived a second-set 7-2 tiebreaker to win in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 oiver Waterville’s Lauren Hallenbeck and Emily Dufour.

But then the match slowly began to turn Waterville’s way.

Freshman Colleen O’Donnell gave the Purple Panthers their first win with a 6-2, 6-2 first singles victory over MDI freshman Mea Clark, who was playing despite a hamstring pull.

Waterville’s first doubles duo of Lexi Russo and Brittany Saulter than knotted the match at 2-2, winning in three sets — 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 — over Megan Phelps and Hannah Worcester of the Trojans.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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