Ellsworth wins volleyball playoff

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts 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. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Bio ELLSWORTH — With senior Sarah Shelton turning in a 19-kill performance, the seventh-ranked Ellsworth Eagles rolled to a 3-1 win over the number 10 Kennebunk Rams in a state Class A volleyball preliminary playoff on Thursday.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.But 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.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn 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.”The 8-6 Eagles now will face the second-seeded Mount Desert Island Trojans in quarterfinal action on Saturday.center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img

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