The win boosted the Eagles’ record to 9-2 and into first place in the state Class A volleyball standings.
Ellsworth won the first set 25-17, lost the second 25-21, then won the last two 25-23 and 25-17.
The evenly matched rivals exercised their defensive skills in the first set, sprinting and diving to keep the ball in play. Ellsworth came out on top 25-17.
In the second set, the Eagles trailed the Trojans 17-11 when Ellsworth’s Sarah Shelton began to serve. The Eagles went on a six-point run to tie the score 17-17.
But momentum shifted once again, allowing the Trojans a 25-21 win to keep the match even at 1-1.
“As opposed to the first match, we served a lot better,” Ellsworth coach Mike Kelley said. “That made all the difference.”
Ellsworth eked out the next 25-23 win. With the score tied 23-23, the Trojans spiked the ball out of bounds, then into the net to end the set down 2-1.
“I thought our passing was pretty good,” said MDI coach Corey Papadopoli. “We were able to create plays for ourselves. We just weren’t always able to finish them.”
MDI never fully regained control in the last set, trailing at one point 22-12. The Trojans lost 25-17 and fell to 6-3 for the season.
“They had some lapses, but they played really hard, good defense,” Kelley said of the Trojans.
MDI’s Sarah Phelps finished with 11 kills, 10 assists and seven digs. Deandra Kanu had five kills and three aces. Madeline Cook had six kills, nine assists and seven digs. Camilla Tai totaled one kill, five aces, two assists and 12 digs.
Ellsworth’s Shelton finished with three aces, nine kills and six digs. Sydne Smith had nine kills and six digs, Katherine Jordan had four kills and five assists and Morgan Barkhouse totaled three aces and 10 assists.
The Eagles will play Cheverus next at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday at Ellsworth.