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Fuller in state tennis singles
DIXFIELD -- In order to succeed in life, it's important to have the right demeanor and Addy Fuller certainly has utilized her mild-mannered approach to situations on the tennis court and it is paying off.
Fuller might be small in stature, however, the Dirigo junior has proven that she doesn't have any problems returning serves or volleys. Fuller has qualified for the state singles tournament at Colby College in Waterville. The Rounds of 48 and 32 will be contested this Friday with Rounds of 16 and 8 on Saturday.
In Region four, Fuller won a first-round pro-set match and in the qualifying round, Fuller dispatched Lynsay Allen of Spruce Mountain, 6-2, 6-2.
Fuller is the first female from Dirigo to have qualified to for the event. Former Cougars Nicole Mullins and Jenn Kelly each compete in the state tournament in the 80's.
"Her strength is her consistency," said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlin. "Her ability to adjust her game to her opponents, and her calm approach are a big factor in her success."
Other competitors included Alex Durfee and Devin Hamel of Mountain Valley and Dirigo players Jeremy Grignon, Thomas Barnett, Betsy Noyes and Ryanne Daily.
Fuller entered this week with a solid 9-1 record.
"She doesn't get rattled very often," said Chamberlin. "She does an excellent job keeping within herself and not letting her emotions control her game.
The Cougars' team had a busy final week of the regular season, which included wins against Boothbay and Carrabec on Saturday, to finish 10-2 and will host a Class C quarterfinal playoff meet. Noyes and Daily each play singles, along with Fuller. Grace Hebert and Coral Howe moved up first doubles and enjoyed another successful spring.
Howe partnered with exchange student Pin Jintasatapoin last Saturday. Michelle Morrison and Summer McCollough had a solid season at No. 2 doubles.