Yarmouth came home with its first state title in just its first year in Class B, defeating Bucksport 3-0.

And while the Clippers played a schedule filled with talented Class A schools this season, Bucksport made it a close game as the Clippers had to come from behind in two games to win 25-19, 25-21, and 25-17.

“We’re proud of doing it the first year in Class B. The kids saw the opportunity and we’ve bonded as a team. They set that goal and accomplished it,” said Clippers Coach Jim Senecal.

Yarmouth got behind 8-3 in the second game and struggled to find the holes in a solid Bucksport defense, but rallied to take the game by four points.

In game three, Yarmouth trailed 7-2 before six straight service points from junior defensive specialist Lindsay Tyler gave the Clippers a boost.

“She was fantastic in the back row, too. Her position requires her to make that first pass, and she came through beautifully,” Senecal said.

Gina Robertson closed the third game with six straight service points. Senior captain Suzanne Driscoll said Bucksport forced the Clippers into the longest rallies of the season, and proved the toughest Class B team Yarmouth faced. But a challenging regular-season schedule had its rewards.

“We came out with our heads up. Their defense is really good, but we didn’t give up,” she said.

Senior middle hitter Morgan Cahill had 12 kills and three key blocks. Outside hitter Lydia Ruetty had four key kills.

“We’ve relied a lot on our strength in the middle, but today we showed more balance on the outside attack than we have in a while,” Senecal said.

Deirdre Fleming can be reached at 791-6452 and

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