BAR HARBOR — In the Class B Eastern Maine semifinals, the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans fell to the Caribou Vikings at home by a score of 4-1 on Saturday.
The first to finish was the second doubles match in which the Vikings’ Ashley Richards and Katie Keaton prevailed over Trojans Mia Musetti and Caroline Brown 6-3, 6-3.
The Trojans first doubles team of Hannah Worcester and Annika Sampson closed out next with a loss to Caribou’s Missy Nadeau and Liz Barbosa, going 7-5 in the first set and 6-4 in the second.
MDI’s lone senior, Jessica Swanson, faced Viking Laura Collins and took two successive losses 7-5, 7-5.
“It is too bad we are losing Jess because she is finally starting to come into her own,” said Trojans head coach Ben Rowell. “She is hitting the ball confidently and moving her opponents all over the court.”
Third singles wrapped up next as MDI’s Julia Christie nabbed the only Trojan win for the day with her extended battle against Caribou’s Carlee Pinette losing 4-6 in the first set, winning 7-6 in the second set with a 7-5 tiebreaker, and winning the final set easily 6-1 for the match victory.
“She never gives up. She goes after everything if it looks like she is done. In rallies it looked like she was done two or three volleys before the point was over and she would end up winning the point,” Coach Rowell said. “It just goes to show you that you don’t ever want top give up. If you can get the ball back over the net you never know what is going to happen.”
MDI’s first singles player, Grace Robbins, was handed two set losses by a score of 6-0, 6-0 by Caribou’s Jenna Sealander.
“It just wasn’t our day but we will have more chances,” Coach Rowell said. “What we really needed was our first doubles team to get in there and win a decisive match. That might have given us a little push.”
Class B Semifinal – Saturday
Caribou 4, MDI 1
Jenna Selander (C) over Robbins 6-0, 6-0
Laura Collins (C) over Swanson 7-5, 7-5
Christie (MDI) over Carlee Pinette 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
Missy Nadeau and Liz Barbosa (C) over Worcester and Sampson 7-5, 6-4
Ashley Richards and Katie Keaton (C) over Musetti and Brown 6-3, 6-3