Trojans remain undefeated



Junior Mackenzie Hanna bends over backwards to set the ball Saturday during the MDI High School varsity volleyball victory over the Calais High School Blue Devils. ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Junior Mackenzie Hanna bends over backwards to set the ball Saturday during the MDI High School varsity volleyball victory over the Calais High School Blue Devils. ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

BUCKSPORT — The Mount Desert Island High School volleyball team remains undefeated after beating out Bucksport High School Tuesday night.

The Trojan girls crushed the Bucks in three games, 25-9, 25-19, 25-22.

The team is 4-0 in matches and undefeated in sets this season.

Head Coach Corey Papadopoli said Wednesday that the team let its guard down after going strong in the first set but rallied in the second and third sets for the 3-0 win.

Alaina Duley had 10 aces, six kills, five assists, one dig and 23 rotation points. Mackenzie Hanna had six aces, three kills, 10 assists and 11 rotation points. Emma Watras had five kills and Julia Watras had four assists.

MDI vs. Calais

The MDI girls shut out Calais High School Saturday at home with a quick sweep of the first three games.

The Trojans hosted the Blue Devils at home and won, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23.

Head Coach Corey Papadopoli said the players are improving with every match.

“The team served tough and passed really well, getting good hits out of transition. When we transition well, we’re taking good swings, and when we don’t, we’re not capitalizing on the good passes we’ve created,” Papadopoli said by email. “There’s been improvement every match, but it’s still early, and we have a long way toward the finish line.”

The Trojans handily won the first two games, but the Blue Devils started out with a lead in the third and proved to be a tough opponent until the end. The Trojans ultimately won by just two points.

For MDI, Mackenzie Hanna led with six aces, one block, nine assists, two digs and 11 rotation points. Alaina Duley had four aces, four kills and six rotation points.

Maddy Candage had five kills and one dig, while Emma Forthofer had one ace, one assist, three digs and 16 service receptions.

The Trojans have not lost a match so far this season.

In the first game of the season at Sumner Memorial High School last Tuesday, the team defeated the Tigers 25-21, 25-11, 25-11. They then swept Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School Thursday in its home opener 25-9, 25-9, 25-19.

Beyond the stats of any individual player, Papadopoli said one of the team’s greatest assets is the unity of all of the players.

“I think the entire team has done a great job of really coming together and working as one, allowing us to put any six out there and feel comfortable that they can play together and do so well,” said the coach.

The Trojans next host Washington Academy at home this Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

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