ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks moved into second place in the state Class B volleyball standings on Tuesday with a close 3-2 win over the Class A Ellsworth Eagles.
Ellsworth got off to a strong start, besting Bucksport 25-15 in the first game of the match.
The Golden Bucks rebounded to win the next two games, 25-18 and 25-17, before Ellsworth got the equalizer with a lopsided 25-8 fourth game win.
But the Bucks rallied in the decisive final contest to eke out a 17-15 win.
For Bucksport, Holly Judkins led the team with six aces and four digs. Joy Fitzgerald had five aces and two digs, Chloe Stubbs had two aces and eight digs and Whitney Gaudet had three aces and two digs.
Sarah Shelton led Ellsworth with 17 kills, four aces and two digs. Delaney Sargent had nine aces, three kills and three digs; Sammy Mason had five kills and three digs; Rachel Bunker had six kills and five aces; Alexa Grant had six aces; and Liz Perry had five aces.
With wins this week over Bucksport, Washington Academy and Calais the 7-0 Mount Desert Island Trojans maintained their tenuous hold on the top spot in the state Class A standings.
The Trojans lead 6-0 Greely by just one point.
The 4-4 Ellsworth Eagles currently are ranked fourth in the Class A standings, and in Class B, the 2-3 Sumner Tigers are sixth.
In earlier action:
Washington Academy 3, Ellsworth 1
The Raiders of Washington Academy rallied from a first game loss to win the next three in a 3-1 victory over the Eagles on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Ellsworth.
Ellsworth took the first game 25-14, but the Raiders went on to post game scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23.
For the Eagles, Sarah Shelton had eight aces and 15 kills, Maddie Dow had two assists and four blocks and Alexa Grant had five assists.
Calais 3, Sumner 2
The Tigers won the first two games only to see the Calais Blue Devils rally for a 3-2 win on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Calais.
For the Tigers, Amie O’Hara had three aces and two digs; Kiandra Barnes had three aces and a dig; Tianah Johnson had one aces, seven digs and three tips; Julia Tardy had two aces, 10 digs and a kill; and Emily Martin had three aces, two digs, a kill and two tips.
MDI 3, Bucksport 0
The Trojans continued their winning ways on Wednesday, Sept. 18, downing the Bucksport Golden Bucks by lopsided game scores of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-6.
MDI 3, Washington Academy 1
Sarah Phelps led the way as the Trojans remained undefeated with a 3-1 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Friday.
Phelps had 12 aces, 6 kills, one assist and six digs. Camilla Thomassen-Tai had three aces, a kill and six digs; Riley Mooers had four aces, a kill and 18 assists; and Kayla Ray had five aces, four kills and a dig.
Sumner 3, Narraguagus 1
The Tigers notched their second win, downing the Narraguagus Knights 3-1 on Friday in Sullivan by game scores of 25-20, 16-25, 25-18 and 25-22.
For Sumner, O’Hara had three aces, three digs and two blocks; Tardy had seven aces, two kills and 12 digs; Barnes had five aces, two kills and a dig; Johnson had six aces, nine digs and three tips; and Martin had four aces, eight digs and three tips.
Bucksport 3, Calais 1
The Golden Bucks dropped the first game 15-25, then reeled of wins of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20 over the Calais Blue Devils on Friday in Calais.
For Bucksport, Holly Judkins had three aces, 11 digs, an assist and a kill; Joy Fitzgerald had five aces and two kills; Natalie Gray had four kills and an assist; Chloe Stubbs had five aces, two digs and a kill; and Whitney Gaudet had three aces, five assists and two digs.
MDI 3, Calais 0
The Trojans claimed their seventh win, downing the Calais Blue Devils by game scores of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-14 on Saturday in Calais.
For the Trojans, Phelps had nine aces, four kills and a dig; Elise Robertson had four kills; Ray had 13 aces and two kills; and Mooers had five aces, a kill and 11 assists.