ELLSWORTH — Yarmouth High School put its experience against high-caliber opponents to good use, earning the Class B state volleyball championship with a 3-0 victory over Bucksport Saturday at Ellsworth High School..
The Clippers beat the Golden Bucks 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 to earn the program’s first state volleyball title in their first year of Class B competition.
Top-seeded Greely of Cumberland Center (16-0) captured the Class A crown with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Scarborough (14-3) at Windham High School. The Rangers won 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19 to claim Greely’s eighth state championship in the last nine years.
In Class B, Yarmouth (13-4) went into the postseason as the No. 3 seed, but its four regular-season losses came at the hands of Biddeford, Greely, Falmouth and Scarborough, all of which are Class A programs.
Top-seeded Bucksport (12-4) also had not previously lost to a Class B opponent, having dropped two meetings against Class A Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor and another to Ellsworth.
Morgan Cahill led Yarmouth with 12 kills and three blocks.
Bucksport coach Ron Gross said his club ran up against a strong team.
“We played well, but we played a better team,” he said. “They had too much firepower. I was completely satisfied with our team.”
Gross said his team advanced to the state final by showing consistent progress.
“We were pleased we got as far as we got,” he said. “We saw improvement throughout the year. Our bigger players showed improvement over the year, our smaller players played well.”
He added that defense was pivotal throughout the season for the Bucks.
“We covered the court really well. Our defense was the key. The girls refused to give up,” he said.