MBHS tennis team wins fourth consecutive team match

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BRUISING FOREHAND: Mt. Blue’s Nick Wilkins blisters a forehand, Monday afternoon in a home tennis match with Skowhegan. Wilkins earned a 10-7 win, helping the Cougars to a 4-1 decision over the Indians. (Arin McLaughlin photo)

Monday at Hippach Field the Mt. Blue High School Men’s Tennis team won its fourth consecutive team match, winning four out of five against a talented Skowhegan team. Highlighting the Monday afternoon event was Mt. Blue’s Matt St. John’s 10-0 win over Skowhegan’s Ivan Ilinsky. St. John’s service and ground strokes were unmatched this season. The most hotly contested match of the day was a grueling dogfight between Alvaro Vian and Alex Downing, with Mt. Blue’s Vian outlasting the talented Skowhegan player,10-8.

Scores were as follows:

Greg Melcer and Jon Iams (Mt. Blue) v. Derek Withee and D.Quirion (Skowhegan) 10-8
Nate Howard and Seth Wegner (Mt. Blue) v. Hank Davis and Rafe Sargent (Skowhegan), 4-10

Arvaro Vian (Mt. Blue) v. Alex Downing (Skowhegan), 10-8
Matt St. John (Mt. Blue) v. Ivan Ilinsky (Skowhegan), 10-0
Nick Wilkens (Mt. Blue) v. Jordan Clarke (Skowhegan), 10-7

A doubles exhibition match was also played, with Mt. Blue’s Dylan Toothaker and Sean Paul narrowly losing to Skowhegan’s Artie Perkins and Will Qualey, 6-7.

Mt. Blue’s next contest is Thursday, May 7th, against Brewer High School at Brewer.

[Editor’s note: while Arin McLaughlin provided the photos and captions, the summery is courtesy of the MBHS tennis program.]

STEALTH BACKHAND: Mt. Blue’s Alvaro Vian pushes a backhand down the line, Monday afternoon at Hippach Field, to defeat Skowhegan’s Alex Downing 10-8. Mt. Blue defeated Skowhegan 4-1 for its fourth straight victory. (Arin McLaughlin photo)

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