The Western Class C girls tennis final is a rematch of a 2011 quarterfinal. Last year, Waynflete knocked off top-seeded Hall-Dale 4-1 in the quarters on the way to the state championship. Hall-Dale (14-0) is again the undefeated top seed, and coach Guy Cousins said his team is ready for the Flyers (9-5).

“I think my girls are up to the task,” Cousins said. “There are a lot of different kids. I only have three from last year’s team.”

Hall-Dale and Waynflete will play at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Bates College in Lewiston.

Waynflete advanced with a pair of 5-0 wins, beating Winthrop in the quarterfinals and Dirigo in the semis. The Flyers’ record is deceptive. Waynflete’s schedule included just two matches against Class C competition. Waynflete’s five losses include a pair of matches with Class B powerhouse Falmouth.

“They’re always a skilled team, athletic and well-coached,” Cousins said of Waynflete.

Hall-Dale is led by No. 1 singles player Wendy Goldman, who reached the Round of 16 in the singles tournament.

“The singles tournament provided her with the opportunity to really see some high-quality players. It improved her tennis,” Cousins said.

Clio Barr and Shelby McGibney also play singles for the Bulldogs, while the teams of Jana Parsons and Nicole Pelletier, and Anna Truman and Maura Stottler play doubles.

Waynflete’s top singles player is Emily White.

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When the Waterville Senior High School girls tennis team faces Caribou in the Eastern Class B final, the Purple Panthers will face an unknown opponent.

“I know nothing about them,” Waterville coach Jill Cristan said of Caribou. “I saw them a little at the singles tournament.”

Both Waterville, the defending Eastern Maine champion, and Caribou are 14-0. They’ll meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Colby College.

Waterville is coming off a 5-0 win over Mt. Desert Island in the regional semifinals Saturday. Cristan said she was a little nervous heading into that match, because MDI knocked off a strong Camden Hills team in the quarterfinals.

“We were just on our game. Our team just rose to the occasion. The girls played to their strengths,” Cristan said of the win over MDI.

Colleen O’Donnell, Waterville’s top singles player, is coming off a trip to the final eight in the state singles tournament. Olivia Lopes rallied after losing the first set to Julia Christie on Saturday to win the next two sets and the match at No. 2 singles. Jayme Saulter is No. 3 singles for the Panthers.

“I feel like we’re in a good place, singles-wise,” Cristan said. “Doubles is the unknown.”

Lauren Hallenbeck and Emily Dufour are the No. 1 doubles team for Waterville, with Brittany Saulter and Melanie Bureau the other.

Caribou advanced with a 3-2 win over Ellsworth. The Vikings won all three singles matches and lost both doubles. Carlee Pinette played No. 1 singles for Caribou, with Ashley Richards and Katie Keaton at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Richards reached the Round of 16 in the state singles tournament, losing to top seed and eventual state champion Maisie Silverman of Brunswick.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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