ORONO- For the first time in fourteen years, the Orono boys tennis will go down as the best of northern Maine in Class C.
“It was all about getting kids here and competing for championships and in the five years I think we’ve been able to do that so I think about a lot of those kids that helped establish that culture and these kids are reaping the rewards of that,” said head coach Matt Murray.
On Tuesday the Red Riots took down George Stevens in a match that was won before their ones took the court but it was also a match that could serve them well going in to the state championship on Saturday.
“I’m glad GSA pushed us the way that they did because Waynflete is going to push us in a way that we haven’t been pushed all year, so it was good and we’re having a good tuneup today…” said Murray.
Murray and his team have the tall task of unseating eleven-time reigning state champion Waynflete, a team that has won 15 titles in the past nineteen years.
“I mean obviously we want to win but it’s a good opportunity to play people we wouldn’t normally play in the regular season and improve our games as well,” said junior Itai Boss.
Boss says the fun the team has at practice is a part of what brings the team together and will hopefully bring the team success at states, “I think you need a bit of both to improve and stay focused but now we’re really locking down and trying to play our best.”