Coming off a win over third-ranked Mount Desert Island last week, the sixth-ranked Scarborough girls volleyball team looked to pull another upset in their semifinal match at Greely on Monday night. The second ranked Rangers proved to be too much though, beating the Red Storm 3-0 to advance to the finals.

In the first game, the Red Storm kept it close early on, with blocks at the net by middle hitters Caroline Baker and Brittany Bona. After Greely pulled away to a 21-12 lead, Scarborough closed the gap, complete with a kill by Bona and a couple of out of bounds hits by Greely to make it 24-18. Greely added the final point though, and won the game 25-18.

Bona came up big in the second game as well, with three blocks, a spike and an ace, to keep her team close. But once again, Greely pulled away and finished the game 25-15. The Red Storm couldn’t seem to find an answer for Greely’s quick and well-placed hits.

“They have more of a kill-shot style and they are able to score easily because of that,” said Scarborough coach Jody King.

The Red Storm came back strong in the final game though, jumping out to an early 10-8 lead. Even as Greely climbed back into the lead and eventually pulled away, the faces of the Scarborough players were all smiles. King attributed it to her team’s experience and their appreciation of being in the semifinals.

“We’ve been there before, where we’ve been down and had to fight our way back,” said King regarding her team’s calm demeanor.

Scarborough ended up losing the final game 25-18, but King was more than happy with her team’s performance against a the powerhouse Rangers.

“I don’t think my team has ever played that well against Greely,” said King. “They stepped up big tonight.

Seven of Scarborough’s 12 players were seniors this year, and King said she is sad to see them leave, but glad that they had the chance to play in the semifinals for their last match. This is the furthest Scarborough has ever made it in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to see them go after watching them develop as players over the last four years. It’s just been a phenomenal run,” said King. “I’m just glad they got to go out on a good note, playing in the semifinals.”

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