BAR HARBOR – The Mount Desert Island High School varsity volleyball team fell to the visiting Falmouth Clippers 3-1 in the semifinal playoff game Wednesday at home.
Game scores were 25-23, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-18.
The first game of the match was the closest, with the teams tied 7-7, then 11-11, then 21-21. With a high skill level on both teams, rallies went on longer for each point as players pulled off some long-shot saves.
MDI pulled ahead 22-21 on a kill by Sarah Phelps. The Clipper defense at the net tried to block the shot, but the ball bounced sideways off their hands and landed back in their court. Falmouth regained the advantage to win 25-23.
The Clippers had a lead for most of the second game. Teamwork on the MDI defense resulted in a few great saves. Digs from Cassidy Parady and kills from Camilla Thomassen-Tai following an early time out brought MDI partway out of the hole, but Falmouth zoomed ahead to win 25-16.
The Trojans regained some confidence for the third game. Aubrie Boyce and Thomassen-Tai had timely aces, which were rare on both sides in the match. MDI was up 21-19, then the game was tied at 22-22. Grace Higgins served another ace, and MDI won the next three points for a 25-22 win.
In Game 4 the teams fought to an 11-11 tie. Despite a few more great points, the Trojans fell behind and lost the game 25-18.
Seniors Phelps and Thomassen Tai led in hitting stats in their final MDI volleyball game. Phelps had 18 kills and 18 service receptions. Thomassen-Tai had 21 service receptions and 6 digs.
“We had opportunities to beat Falmouth tonight, which is hard to swallow sometimes. But they played hard and were in it the whole way,” coach Corey Papadopoli. “I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished and do not believe the loss tonight in any way diminishes that.
“I think the season was immensely successful. We had a group of girls come together so cohesively that it was such a pleasure to coach them. They were motivated, collaborative, supportive, and selfless. You couldn’t ask for a better group. And they took that teamwork and turned it into a 14-2 record.”
The varsity team for 2014 includes seniors Helena Munson, Sarah Phelps, Kayla Ray, Elise Robertson and Camilla Thomassen-Tai; juniors Aubrie Boyce, Brittany Corson, Riley Mooers, Cassidy Parady and Rebecca Walls; sophomores Alaina Duley, Emma Forthofer and Grace Higgins and freshman Mackenzie Hanna.