On Saturday afternoon, the 2nd seeded Madawaska Boys defeated the 3rd seeded Van Buren Boys in the semi-final round of playoffs to earn a trip to the Eastern Maine Finals. This is the 3rd time in 5 years that the boys have made it to the Eastern Maine finals, winning it in 2009.
Earning victories for the owls were first singles Ian Lee who broke a 2 match losing streak vs. first singles Eric Laplante of Van Buren. Although Ian lost the first set 4-6, he came back to grind out a 7-6 (7-5) tie break win in the second set, then cruised to a 6-2 victory in the third. Third singles Matt DECHENES also dug deep in his first ever matchup against senior Mark Lavesseur of VB. Matt won the first and third sets of his match 6-3 and 6-1. Finally, the always dependable doubles team of Greg Faucher and Aaron Thibeault earned their 3rd straight victory over Van Buren's first doubles team of Bouchard and Banks. Their 6-3, 6-4 straight set victory was enough for Madawaska to go to Waterville this Wednesday, where they will face defending EM champions George Stevens academy.
Note: The Madawaska girls also played a semi-final match on this day. Unfortunately, the Lady Owls lost 4-1 to the George Stevens Academy girls. This was a fantastic season for the girls, making it to the final 4 of Eastern Maine. Great job girls!