BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School JV volleyball team finished out the season 4-10. But the benchmark of success was not determined solely by the scoreboard.
“There was improvement from day one until the end. The improvement was outstanding,” said second-year Head Coach Michael Curry. “It doesn’t reflect in our record, but our improvement was tenfold.”
Of the 13 players on the team, nine were freshmen.
“We had a very young team, most of whom had never played the sport before,” said Curry.
Elementary and middle schools on the island do not offer volleyball as a sport, so many girls are testing new waters when they join the team as freshmen.
“Serving and passing are the main skills we focus on at the JV level,” said the coach. “Those are two of the most fundamental skills we need to learn. When our serving was good, that’s when we were winning.”
Curry said practicing with the varsity team benefitted the underclassmen.
“We had some joint practices,” he said. “It really elevated the younger players, playing with varsity. The best way to get better is to play above your level to help improve yourself.”
Hannah Hanscom led the team stats with 26 aces and three kills and an 81.7-percent serves-in percentage. Lucy Wray had 16 aces, four kills and a 72.5 percentage rate, and Julia Link had seven aces, seven kills and 86.7 percent of her serves in.
Ruby Brown came in with 19 aces and nine kills, while Emily York had 30 aces and three kills. Gillian Carroll had 16 aces and five kills; Lexi Rich had 15 aces and 19 kills; Ella Davis had eight aces and four kills; Delaney Shields had 27 aces and seven kills; Rachel Carignan had six aces and five kills; Kate Hoff had 33 aces and nine kills; Bella Walke had three aces and five kills, and Maggie Strong came in with five aces and seven kills.