CARIBOU, Me (WAGM) - The Caribou girls tennis team is back in the State Championship for the first time since 2010. The Vikings picked up a 4-1 win over Camden Hills in the Northern Regional Championship match and will be facing Greely in the state championship this Saturday at Colby College. Rene Cloukey has the story.
The Caribou Vikings are showing off the hardware. The Vikings avenged last year's semifinal loss to Camden Hills with a victory on Tuesday. Head coach John Habeeb says his team was ready to hold the plaque again.
(John Habeeb): "I wasn't surprised by the win. I think our girls team was ready for the moment and the girls played really well.
(Gabrielle Marquis): "We had everyone returning from last year plus a few. I think our whole team was hungry for the win."
The Vikings didn't find out until Monday afternoon that their match was moved inside in Brunswick on Tuesday.
Habeeb: "They moved us to Tuesday in Brunswick and that made an overnight trip for us. It put as a little bit of a disadvantage, but we treated it as bonding time and we really did a good job."
The Caribou girls rolled to victory in most of their matches this year. Senior Conner Spencer to happy to finally have a Northern Maine title under her belt.
(Conner Spencer): "It's a relief I have been doing this for four years and every year we were so close. This year we did it and accomplished it.
Junior Gabrielle Marquis has faced the pressure of playing at the number one spot for majority of her career. Marquis and Spencer agree this group of girls has been very hungry
Marquis: "I think our mental focus and our friendship kept our spirits high and our motivation strong.
Spencer: "I have only done a couple of sports. Tennis has always been my favorite because everyone is so personable and we all respect each other's boundaries. It is my favorite."
Looking to the future the Vikings lose just Spencer and third singles player Kelly Nicklaus from this year's team . The future looks strong for the Vikings.
Habeeb: "We have girls sitting on the bench so to speak who will be ready to step up and we have some good eighth graders that are coming."
The Vikings are looking to add more hardware to the trophy case.