BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity volleyball team fell to Falmouth High School 1-3 on Saturday in the quarterfinals, ending the girls’ Class A playoff run.
Last Thursday, the Trojans beat Cape Elizabeth High School 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinal round.
It was a hard-fought battle for both the Trojans (10-5) and the Capers (8-7).
MDI had momentum on its side in the first two sets, winning 25-19 and 27-25, but the power shifted to the Capers in the third and fourth sets, which they won 25-18 and 25-14.
During the three-minute break ahead of the fifth set, the MDI girls decided then and there that they weren’t going to let the playoffs slip away.
The Trojans came into the final set full of energy, agility and power, besting Cape Elizabeth 15-7.
Grace Higgins had four aces, 11 rotation points, seven kills and three digs.
Mackenzie Hannah had three aces, one kill, one block, 19 assists, three digs and 12 rotation points.
Hannah Chamberlain was 15-for-15 on serving and had eight rotation points and three digs.
Alexis Clarito was 10-for-10 serving, had one kill, 10 receptions and six digs.
MDI headed to Falmouth to face the 13-3 Yachtsmen in the quarterfinal match Saturday.
Falmouth took the first set 23-25, with the Trojans taking the second set 25-19.
But the Trojans couldn’t hold on to the momentum of that second set. Falmouth finished the final two sets 25-13 and 25-19.
Alaina Duley had one ace, seven kills and 11 digs. Hannah had five aces, two kills, 16 assists and 11 digs.
Emma Forthofer had two assists, 25 digs and 41 service receptions, and Higgins had five kills and two digs.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Corey Papadopoli said the girls finished off the season strong.
“I think it was a successful season,” he said. The team improved a lot from the start of the season to the end, and I think that showed even in the playoffs.”
The Trojans will lose seven seniors, but the seven underclassmen will have this successful season as a starting point next fall.
“Sometimes it comes down to focus, and they worked hard together and focus,” said Papadopoli. “It’s a shame to end the season, but I am proud of them.”