Undefeated MCI tennis player will finally get to compete for a state title

Lidia Gomez Carrera went undefeated during her first year of high school tennis as a junior at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield but never got the chance to prove where her game stood compared with her statewide competition.

The native of Caceres, Spain, a city of just under 100,000 residents in the west central part of the country near its border with Portugal, was unable to participate in the 2021 state singles tournament due to COVID-related travel and quarantine mandates in the aftermath of a trip back home.

A year later, Gomez remains undefeated in high school competition while leading the MCI girls tennis team to the top spot in Class C North with a 9-1 record. This weekend she’ll get the chance to test her individual skills further as the No. 1 girls seed for the 2022 state singles tournament at Lewiston High School.