RUMFORD — Gardiner’s Calvin Dacus and Nick Flowers outlasted the team of Elijah Weston and Levon Mickeriz in a three-set marathon at No. 2 doubles, securing the third and final point as the No. 7 Tigers upset No. 2 Mountain Valley in the Class B South boys tennis quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Gardiner (7-6) will meet the winner between Yarmouth and Spruce Mountain in the regional semifinals on Saturday. Dacus and Flowers dropped the first set before rallying back for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory in the pivotal match.
Arthur Taylor won in three sets at No. 3 singles for the Tigers, and the team of Evan Wells and George Swenson were straight-set winners at No. 1 doubles.
Gardiner 3, Mountain Valley 2
Singles—Alexei Rodriguez (MTNV) def. Dustin Allard, 6-0, 6-1; Gabe Ladd (MTNV) def. Jed Malinowski, 7-5, 6-4; Arthur Taylor (GAR) def. Cam Gallant, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Doubles—Evan Wells/George Swenson (GAR) def. Joshua Hodsdon/Kaleb Noyes, 6-2, 6-2; Calvin Dacus/Nicholas Flowers (GAR) def. Elijah Weston/Levon Mickeriz, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Exhibition matches—No. 2 doubles clinched it. Mtn Valley up 1-0 (1S), then G 1 Doubles (1-1),then won 3S, then Gardiner up 3-1 with the second doubles win, and Mtn Valley won 2 singles. Winner of Spruce Mtn./Yarmouth, TBD. Records—Gardiner, ; Mountain Valley, .