Ellsworth falls to MDI in volleyball quarterfinal

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img Coach Mike Kelley of the Ellsworth Eagles watches assenior Sarah Shelton gets low for a dig in last week’s3-1 Ellsworth volleyball win over Kennebunk in astate Class A preliminary playoff . Th e Eagles fell tothe Mount Desert Island Trojans 3-1 in Saturday’squarterfinal. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH— The Ellsworth Eagles downed the Kennebunk Rams in a state Class A volleyball playoff on Thursday, but fell to the Mount Desert Island Trojans in Saturday’s quarterfinal play.With senior Sarah Shelton turning in a 19-kill performance, the seventh-ranked Eagles rolled to a 3-1 win over the number 10 Kennebunk Rams in Thursday’s preliminary playoff.The Eagles got off to a strong start in the first game, opening with seven consecutive points off serves by sophomore Samantha Mason. The Eagles extended the lead the rest of the way, with a tip by Shelton proving the winning point of the 25-15 game.Kennebunk also fell behind early in the second game, then rallied to take a 13-12 lead. But the Eagles knotted the score at 13-all and junior Delaney Sargent then served three winners, with a kill be Shelton putting the Eagles up 16-13. Ellsworth went on the claim a 25-17 win in the second game. For more photos from the Ellsworth, Kennebunk game, click here.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut the Rams came alive in the third game and took the lead for good midway through the contest. With Kennebunk leading 23-20, the Eagles cut the lead to a single point on another kill by Shelton, but the Rams held on for a 25-22 victory.In the decisive fourth game, the Rams kept things close in the early going, but a looping ace by senior Paxton Colley put the Eagles in front to stay 9-8. Ellsworth continued to extend the lead, but the Rams rallied from a 20-12 deficit to trail by just four points, 24-20, before a block at the net by Sargent gave the Eagles the final point — and the match.Shelton had 18 digs and three assists to go with her big offensive output. Mason contributed five assists and eight digs, senior Jenna Haslam had eight digs and 13 serve receptions and Colley had 11 digs and 12 serve receptions.“I thought they played great,” said coach Mike Kelley of his Eagles. “There was a little letdown a couple of times, but it was for a short period instead of for a half a game or a whole game. They kept themselves up and their defense was great. There weren’t many mistakes. That’s the best they’ve played all year.”MDI 3, Ellsworth 1As they did twice in the regular season, MDI’s Trojans dispatched the Eagles in Saturday’s quarterfinal in Bar Harbor, winning the match 3-1 to advance to the Class A semifinals.The Trojans eked out a 26-24 win in the first game and downed the Eagles 25-16 in the second.But Ellsworth responded with a 25-21 win in game three before falling in the decisive contest 25-16.For the Eagles, who finished with a record of 8-7, Shelton had another big match with 14 kills, 17 service receptions and nine digs.Colley contributed 12 service receptions, three blocks and seven digs; Mason had six kills, seven assists, 10 digs and four aces; and Haslam had 12 service receptions and 10 digs.For the 14-1 Trojans, Sarah Phelps had 14 kills, nine digs and an ace; Camilla Thomassen-Tai had eight kills, three assists, 13 digs and five aces; Aubrie Boyce had five kills, two digs and six aces; and Riley Mooers had a match-high 25 assists, six digs and four aces.MDI was slated to host third-ranked 12-3 Falmouth in semifinal action yesterday (Wednesday) with the winner advancing to Saturday’s state championship at 1 p.m. at Biddeford High School.In Class B quarterfinal action, the fifth-seeded Bucksport Golden Bucks fell 3-0 to the fourth-seeded Woodland Dragons on Friday in Baileyville.The Dragons won decisively by game scores of 25-7, 25-16 and 25-14.For the Golden Bucks, who finished their season with a record of 6-9, Holly Judkins had two aces and eight digs, Joy Fitzgerald had three aces and two digs, Natalie Gray had four digs and Chloe Stubbs had 10 digs. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Postslast_img read more