ELLSWORTH — Mount Desert Island High School varsity volleyball team Coach Corey Papadopoli liked what he saw Saturday when his squad took on Ellsworth and Yarmouth in preseason scrimmages.
“It was a strong showing from all our players,” Papadopoli said. “As the Yarmouth coach remarked, it was hard to tell the difference between our number one player and number 12.”
Papadopoli used the opportunity to try out combinations of players in various positions, much like what they do in practice. “What I did was split the team in half and have one half play the first set against Ellsworth, and the other half play the second,” he said.
“I was most happy with the effort against Ellsworth. The girls played really well, especially in the second set. We were down 24-14, and came back to win 28-26, which is hard to do with rally scoring.
“Ellsworth only needed one point and had 10 opportunities to convert. The girls showed real mental toughness and a desire not to give up, which is commendable.”
This summer, the MDI volleyball program earned an award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The 2013 varsity team received the AVCA Academic Excellence award, one of only 225 high school teams in the country, for maintaining a team average grade point average (GPA) of 3.30.
The Lady Trojans host rival Cony to open the season Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m.