MDI’s Bailey Goodell serves during a high school volleyball match against Hampden on Sept. 23 in Bar Harbor. With a record of 4-3, MDI is now in fourth place in the Class B standings at the midway point of the 2021 season. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

MDI volleyball falls to Hampden, sweeps Nokomis

MDI’s Soren Hopkins-Goff plays the ball during a high school volleyball match against Hampden Academy on Sept. 23 in Bar Harbor. MDI fell to Hampden in four sets but rebounded Saturday with a three-set victory over Nokomis.

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island volleyball team fell to a Senior Night loss last week but rebounded over the weekend with a dominant win. 

MDI suffered a tough defeat in last Thursday’s match against Hampden Academy. The Trojans, though, emerged from the defeat stronger and posted a bounce-back win over Nokomis on Saturday. 

Last Thursday, MDI fell to a four-set defeat against Hampden in a match that marked Senior Night for Maddy Ford, Bailey Goodell and Delaney Sweeney. The Trojans were competitive in all five sets as the visiting Broncos claimed a 27-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20 win. 

All three seniors contributed to the win with Ford providing one ace, 10 kills, one assist and three digs, Goodell adding four aces, six kills, one block and two kills and Sweeney scoring a pair of aces. Addy Boyce added seven aces, four kills, 20 assists and seven digs for MDI in the loss. 

MDI, though, got back over .500 with a three-set win over Nokomis on Saturday. The Trojans defeated the Warriors in straight sets (25-14, 25-13, 25-19) to improve to 4-3 and avenge a four-set loss to Nokomis on Sept. 9 in Newport. 

MDI’s Bailey Goodell spikes the ball during a high school volleyball match against Hampden on Sept. 23 in Bar Harbor. MDI, which was set to host Ellsworth (5-4) on Wednesday, has upcoming road games at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, against Brewer and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, against Washington Academy.

Boyce had another strong game for MDI as she provided three aces, seven kills, 16 assists and two digs. The Trojans also got five aces, three kills and an assist from Goodell, five aces, one kill, one assist and seven digs from Meredith Cook and one ace, three kills and four digs from Emma Giustini. 

Although MDI kept the Hampden match close, head coach Corey Papadopoli felt his team failed to establish a rhythm throughout the contest. With that in mind, the Trojans put extra emphasis on focus and finishing when the team returned to the gym for practice the following day. 

“The girls came out against Nokomis with determination and played hard from start to finish,” Papadopoli said. “We were able to keep momentum on our side throughout the match, and it was a full team effort.” 

MDI was scheduled to host Ellsworth (5-4) on Wednesday night. The Trojans will return to action for a pair of challenging road matches next week as they face Brewer at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Brewer High School and unbeaten Washington Academy at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in East Machias. 

Those matches will be crucial for MDI, which is currently in fourth place in the Class B standings. Although the regular season is only halfway complete, October’s arrival means that playoff time isn’t too far away. 

“We’re working to maintain that focus every day and hope that we can keep building on it,” Papadopoli said. “The danger is when we think we’ve gotten there and relax.” 

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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