Red Stormers Emily Hanson, Chloe Gorey Jordyn Cowan, Taylor Marinko and Kacey Foerster put up impressive numbers in the final game of a marathon match with visiting Biddeford on Thursday night, Oct. 22, to usher Scarborough to victory, 3-2.

“I think we played very well in games one and two,” said Scarborough head coach Jon Roberts. The Storm took those sets 25-20 and 25-17, respectively. “We played confident and aggressive and let mistakes roll off our backs.”

The Tigers clawed back in sets three (which they won 25-17) and four (a nailbiter they finally took 27-25).

“Biddeford played well,” Roberts said. “They played great team defense and they have some of the best hitters in the state. We knew that Biddeford’s Kendra Cote and Jocelyn Moody would get their points.”

Roberts explained where his team went wrong in the middle sets. “In game three we started worrying about our mistakes and their big hitters and we weren’t focusing on the next play,” he said. “That mindset continued into game four.”

The Storm bounced back, of course, in game five. “Even though we lost game four, we felt great about how we were playing at the end. We felt confident even after giving up a few quick points at the beginning of game five.”

Outside hitter Jillian Harvie suffered an injury at the end of the fourth set, so it was up to her teammates to take up the slack of her absence, which they did admirably. Hanson served six of 15 points, Gorey had “three huge digs” and Cowan posted three kills, including the game winner. Marinko had three kills as well – not to mention a big block – and Foerster tallied four kills and an ace.

“Those are really good stats in a game to 15,” Roberts said.

The No. 5 Storm jumped to 10-5 on the prelims result; they also earned the chance to face off at No. 4 TA in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday the 24th. Scarborough took that battle as well, 3-1, thus reaching 11-5 and advancing to Wednesday the 28th’s third round, where they’ll face No. 1 Cape Elizabeth.

No. 12 Biddeford retires for the year at 5-10.

The Storm line up for the national anthem before their match with Biddeford.Scarborough’s Haley Nelson goes to the net and pounds a ball back at the Tigers.Scarborough’s Haley Nelson, left, and Jordyn Cowan, right, wall off their territory against an incoming ball.Scarborough’s Natalie Simonton, left, and Taylor Marinko, right, their flowing hair dyed Red Storm red, defend as Biddeford looks to send the ball onto their side of the net.

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