Red Storm goes 1-1 in volleyball tourney

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The Scarborough High volleyball team saw its season end on Saturday at Biddeford. The third-seeded Red Storm fell to the second-seeded Tigers by a 3-1 score (25-16, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22) in what was a well-contested regional semifinal match.

“Biddeford played a tremendous match. They put us on our heels right away with hard serves,” said Scarborough coach Jody King. “The entire first game, we never really got into any offense. The second game, we came close as our passing improved and we reduced our errors. In the third game, we got off to a great start and were able to hold on with good serving of our own.”

“Nerves were a big factor in the first two games, and that was true in game four as well,” King said, describing the tense play of her team. “We had many hitting errors and serving errors. In warm-ups we seemed loose and ready to go, but as the match got underway our nerves handicapped us.”

“The effort throughout the entire match was great. We are proud to have a season record of 11-5,” King concluded.

That 11-5 overall record also includes a regional quarterfinal win over Yarmouth on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Storm took three straight games from the sixth-seeded Clippers in rather convincing fashion (25-8, 25-12 and 25-15).

“We served the ball very well – we had a total of 18 aces,” said King. “Even when it wasn’t an ace, Yarmouth had a difficult time getting a pass that would allow them to get into an offensive play.”

The win over Yarmouth was the Red Storm’s first volleyball playoff victory in school history.

“Our back row was excellent, receiving serves and passing to the perfect spot for the setters,” added King.

The Scarborough seniors who played their last varsity volleyball game at Biddeford are Natalie Cahoon, Amanda Bilodeau, Rachel Waugh, Elise Pierce, Amanda Davis, Kate Thomas, Leah Paris, Karen King, Alex Grotton, and Grace Ledoux.

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