WINDHAM — In volleyball, momentum changes can come unexpectedly and alter the outcome of a match.
That is exactly what happened during Saturday’s Maine Principals’ Association high school volleyball state championships held at Windham High School.
Top-seeded Yarmouth rallied from two sets down, turning the tables in its favor to edge No. 2 Washington Academy of East Machias and prevail in a fifth-set tiebreaker. The Clippers won 20-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 15-9 to win their second championship in three years.
“In volleyball, you never know. Momentum is a game-changer,” said Washington Academy coach Christine Davis.
“It’s a heart-breaker, that’s for sure,” she added. “They worked hard, but they just couldn’t keep the energy level or the confidence — or a combination of both.”
Davis pointed to the Class A match as an example of fleeting momentum. Second-seeded Falmouth (15-2) avenged a pair of regular-season losses to upend No. 1 Scarborough (16-1).
The Yachtsmen claimed the school’s first state title by overcoming the Red Storm, also in five sets, 26-24, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16.
In the Class B match, the WA Raiders (12-5) built a two-set advantage but could not sustain their play.
“They came out really strong and played exceptionally,” Davis said.
She explained that Yarmouth was able to cut down on unforced errors, which helped them regain its collective confidence. In the meantime, Washington Academy began to have some problems.
“We got a lot of calls on double-hits and I think that really affected the team,” Davis said. “It’s something that hasn’t been called a lot, so the setter can lose confidence, and they run the floor.”
Davis said she was proud of her team, which overcame its share of adversity during the course of the season.
The WA roster included seniors Keirstin Barker, Kassidy Seeley, Kaitlyn Carl, Daisy Zhang, Chelsea Holmes and Whitney Porter, along with juniors Britnie Holmes, Lauren Raye and Delaney Gardner and sophomores Emily Lobley and Kalyn Otto.
“We fought hard, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” she said.