October 2, 2013

Volleyball Notebook: Falmouth poised to take that final step to a state title

By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maddy Maierhofer

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Maddy Maierhofer, Yarmouth senior libero: Had 32 digs and four aces in the 3-1 win over Machias on Sept. 28 to help put the Clippers atop the Class B rankings with a 6-1 record, giving them hope for their second state title in three years.

HONORABLE MENTION

Lauren Piper, Scarborough senior setter: Came up big in a Sept. 18 win against Biddeford with key kills and serves to help Scarborough to the 3-0 win.

Mary Cleary, Scarborough senior outside hitter: Helped Scarborough top defending state champion Greely on Sept. 12, the Red Storm's first-ever victory against the Rangers. She led the team with 17 kills, two solo blocks and six digs. She also had five kills playing limited minutes in the Red Storm's 3-0 win over South Portland on Sept. 27.

Riley Burfeind, Falmouth senior hitter: Had 16 service points, two aces and 12 kills in Falmouth's 3-1 win over Biddeford on Sept. 17.

Greely Coach Kelvin Hasch said he's not certain who will take their place in the backcourt against Scarborough, but isn't worried about the rest of the season.

The fact there are three other teams that are undefeated or have just one loss is a sign of good things to come in Hasch's estimation.

"It's what we've been working for now for 10 years, to get top-level competition across the board. This year there are four to five teams right there. Cape (Elizabeth) has one loss; Falmouth hasn't been beaten; Scarborough has not. That's good competition walking in the door. That's fun," Hasch said.

AFTER JUMPING to a 6-1 start this season, Yarmouth has a second Class B state title in its sights.

The Clippers recorded a big 3-0 win over the league's No. 1 seed and the defending Class B state champion, Washington Academy. Then they beat the team that knocked them out of the quarterfinals last year: Machias.

"We were able to win two very hard-fought matches by identical scores of 3-1, which pushed us ahead of (Washington Academy) for now and into first place in the Heal point standings," Yarmouth Coach Jim Senecal said.

The Clippers' setter Grace Mallett has a 96 percent serving percentage, Senecal said, and leads the team in aces and service points.

"She's not just getting her serves over but also is serving aggressively," he said.

And defensive specialist Maddy Maierhofer has become known for "getting to everything," Senecal said.

"She covers the floor, and can pass and dig better than anyone I've seen in Class B. She's also our emotional leader who plays the game with a fire and intensity level that's contagious."

Deirdre Fleming can be contacted at 791-6452 or at:

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