BAR HARBOR — The seven seniors on the Mount Desert Island volleyball team left the final home game of their high school careers on a high note.
The Trojans beat the Ellsworth Eagles in four sets Friday. The Eagles took the first set 25-23, but MDI came back to win the match 25-11, 25-10 and 25-14.
The Trojans improved to 9-4 for the season with just one regular season match remaining.
Before the game seniors Valerie Del Cid, Alaina Duley, Grace Higgins, Emma Forthofer, Maddy Shields, Mariah Hamor and Emma Watras were recognized along with their parents for years of dedication and hard work. Head coach Corey Papadopoli played each senior in every set.
The Trojans took a timeout in the final minute of the fourth set for the seniors to swap positions with the underclassmen — a symbolic passing of the baton to next year’s returning players.
Each girl on the team sported pink socks, and many of them also wore pink ribbons or headbands in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
MDI and Ellsworth (7-4) were neck-and-neck throughout the first set as the two teams were no more than two points ahead at any given time. The Eagles would win the set, but they wouldn’t stay on top for long; the Trojans came out strong in the second set and recorded a 14-point victory and continued their momentum throughout the final two sets to seal the season sweep of Ellsworth.
For MDI, Higgins had nine aces, 10 kills and three digs; Forthofer had six aces, three kills, three digs and one assist; Hamor had three aces and three kills, and Shields had two aces and four kills.
“While our seniors started off slow [on Friday] dropping the first set to Ellsworth, they caught fire at the start of the second set with tough serving and solid hitting performances,” Papadopoli said. “Ellsworth showed some grit, but our seniors did a great job of keeping the momentum on our side. We will miss [the seniors] next year, but for now, we want to work hard to get good positioning in the playoffs and keep them around for as long as possible.”
MDI’s final game will be on the road against the Calais Blue Devils (12-1) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Ellsworth will be at home against the the Woodland Dragons (7-3) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11