The Bridgton Academy tennis team traveled to Gould Academy to take on the Huskies on Wednesday, April 9th. Facing the preseason MAISAD favorites outside on a cold April afternoon, the team played well, but lost 4-1. Despite the score, several of the matches were quite close, and left both coaches with a sense that this year’s squad can enjoy a successful campaign. At first singles, Matt Hill played very well in a loss to last season’s MAISAD singles finalist, Dachuan Zhu, while Dave Martin, at #2 singles and playing his first team match, dropped a hard-fought two-setter to Gould’s patient Sam Allen. Filling in for traveling ruggers, Zach Johnson showed off a dogged style in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Husky third singles player, Derek Nagy.
In doubles, first team Nick Osgood and Nick Thieme played a strong match before falling to their Gould counterparts in the third set (2-6, 6-2, 5-7). And in a high point, the second doubles team of Sam Davis and Julian McClain, in their first formal match play, handled the Gould teamof Cohan and Bai, 6-2, 7-5.
The tennis team plays next on Friday at Hyde School.