Megan Tamarro stepped up to help the team, and Falmouth went on to win its first Class A state title.
Player of the year could have gone to a number of players on Falmouth’s Class A state championship volleyball team, which was the school’s first.
This year proved to be a dogfight in Class A, and Falmouth won the title with a convincing upset of unbeaten Scarborough.
And the most compelling among Falmouth’s top performers was junior setter Megan Tamarro.
Tamarro not only led Falmouth with iron-clad sets and key serving, she walked into the position with little to no experience in September when her team needed her. That’s the mark of a special player.
Tamarro’s statistics suggest a player who learned the position in clinics and on travel teams, not during a historic season. Yet she helped lead Falmouth past Scarborough for the state title with dependable serving and perfect sets.
She boasted an 88 percent serving rate with 39 aces, adding 17 kills, 115 digs and 11 blocks with her 665 sets and 311 assists.
In the state final, Tamarro’s exceptional serving earned eight straight points in the second set as Falmouth pulled ahead.
“Megan has been steady all through the season. Without Megan, I don’t think we’d be where we are,” said Coach Gary Powers.
Tamarro made the varsity as a freshman, not easy on a perennial contender. She then improved as a hitter her sophomore year and was looking forward to playing the back row and outside hitter position this year as a starter.
But when the team’s setter decided to go abroad this fall, Powers and the senior-laden team had a problem.
Powers approached Tamarro in July and asked her to set.
“We sat down to figure the best candidate to take the position. Megan has really good hands. She has great court sense. She knew where to get to and where to be. Once she started the regular season, she was our setter,” Powers said.
Tamarro initially wasn’t interested. But she was interested in a state title and helping her teammates win the school’s first, so she listened.
“Our setter told me she was going to be away for the fall season so I knew he would ask. I didn’t want to do it at first. I was scared and it intimidated me,” Tamarro said.
“I wanted to pass and hit. That’s what I was working on for two years. Last winter I really got to be good at hitting. Junior year, I wanted to star at that. Setting obviously doesn’t let me do that. It didn’t make me too excited, but this team means everything to me and I wanted us to win.
“I knew if I said no, there wouldn’t be many other options. I couldn’t let my selfish reasons come between the team winning states or having a chance at it.”
Powers said Tamarro’s athletic ability helped her adapted to the position. Halfway through the season, he said she started to own it.
“I told her it’s the most difficult position. You get a bad pass, you’re expected to make a good set out of it,” he said. “She was good at it from the start, but I would say when we hit that stretch of really hard games, that’s when it kicked in. She was diving on the floor.”
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