Falmouth tennis teams on verge of more hardware

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Here we go again.

The Falmouth tennis teams are closing in on another state championship.

The four-time defending Class B champion girls improved to 14-0 and advanced to the Western B Final last week with 5-0 wins over No. 8 York and No. 4 Lincoln Academy in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Wednesday, the Yachtsmen battled No. 2 Yarmouth (12-2) in the regional final. Falmouth beat the Clippers, 5-0, in the regular season. The last playoff meeting between the rivals resulted in a 5-0 Falmouth victory in the 2010 semifinals.

If the Yachtsmen move on to Saturday’s Class B state final at Colby College in Waterville (which begins at 10 a.m.), they will face either Waterville or Caribou.

Yarmouth got to the regional final by virtue of a 3-2 victory over No. 7 Fryeburg in the quarterfinals and a 5-0 win over third-ranked Greely in Monday’s semifinals.

The Rangers, who had defeated No. 6 Cape Elizabeth, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, wound up 10-4, their best record since 2007.

Freeport (2-10) and North Yarmouth Academy (4-8) both fell short of the playoffs this year.

On the boys’ side, reigning Class B champion Falmouth battled rival third-ranked Cape Elizabeth (12-2) in Wednesday’s regional final. The Yachtsmen improved to 14-0 with a 5-0 quarterfinal round victory over No. 8 Yarmouth and a 5-0 semifinal win over No. 4 Maranacook. Falmouth beat Cape Elizabeth twice in the regular season, 3-2 and 5-0. Last spring, the Yachtsmen defeated the Capers in the regional final, 3-2. The teams have met in nine of the past 10 postseasons with Falmouth holding a 5-4 edge.

If the Yachtsmen make it to the state meet (also 10 a.m. Saturday in Waterville), they will meet Ellsworth or Mt. Desert Island.

Freeport’s first postseason appearance since 2006 ended with a 3-2 quarterfinal round loss at No. 2 Lincoln. The seventh-ranked Falcons wound up 4-9.

Prior to losing to Falmouth, Yarmouth was a 5-0 preliminary round victor over No. 9 Mountain Valley. The Clippers finished the year 5-9.

Greely missed the playoffs with a 1-11 mark.

In Western C, NYA made the postseason for the first time in five years and as the No. 9 seed. The Panthers won a preliminary round match at No. 8 Madison, 5-0, then upset top-ranked St. Dom’s, 3-2, before falling at No. 5 Waynflete, 5-0, to finish 9-6.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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