Top-seeded Washington Academy of East Machias went into Saturday’s Class B state championship match in Harrington looking for some redemption, and the Raiders got it.
The Raiders defeated the defending champion and second-ranked Calais Blue Devils in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-22, to earn their first state title under coach Christine Davis.
Calais beat WA last year 3-2 to earn the Class B title.
In Class A, No. 1 Biddeford swept past No. 3 Falmouth, 25-11, 25-22 and 25-17, to earn the state championship.
In Class B, senior outside hitter Taylor Davis returned to the Raiders Oct. 1 after being sidelined by a dislocated kneecap for three months and was a key contributor in leading WA to victory.
“She had a nine-point run in the first set that really boosted the team at that point,” said coach Davis, who is in her fourth year coaching varsity. “Her defensive play was key.”
Davis finished with seven kills, 18 digs, six aces, 16 serve receives and was 15-of-16 serving.
Fellow senior outside hitter Felicia Pepin went 17-for-18 serving with five aces and six kills. Senior Taylor Seeley was 12-for-13 in serve receiving and was 10-for-12 serving. Kayleigh Bridges had nine digs and Kira Arnold chipped in with 12 assists, five digs, four aces and was 16-for-17 serving.
Calais coach Steve McGinley was pleased with his team’s effort.
“It only went three games, but I don’t think that was indicative of what kind of match it was,” said McGinley. “The kids put in a great effort, but (Washington Academy) did a good job and they beat us.”
Rebecca Redding led the Blue Devils with 10 assists and five kills. Shannon Brown had six kills and five digs. Emily Ginn was 15-for-16 serving and Kat Clement was 12-for-13 serving with six digs and three aces.