Biddeford’s Grace Martin returns a shot on Thursday. TAMMY BELANGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Biddeford’s Grace Martin returns a shot on Thursday. TAMMY BELANGER PHOTOGRAPHY

BIDDEFORD — After dropping the first set, the Scarborough volleyball team would win the next three to push past Biddeford 3-1 on Thursday.

It was a battle of two Class A heavyweights, as Biddeford and Scarborough entered Thursday’s game as No. 2 and No. 3 in the conference respectively.

Despite falling behind early, Scarborough would get hot and pressure the Tigers the remainder of the way.

“We struggled to pass — some of our bread and butter passers struggled a little bit and it kind of hurt our confidence as a team,” said Biddeford coach Chantel Tourigny. “(Scarborough) had a couple of really strong hitters and they earned a lot of points. The other side is going to score points, we just need to realize that the other team is going to earn them and it’s O.K. if you don’t make every pass.”

Biddeford came out strong in the first, opening the set on a 7-0 run and would eventually mount an 18-5 lead. The Tigers would finish off Scarborough to win the first set 25-17.

The Red Storm opened up the second half with a big run of their own, and would jump out to a 17-7 lead. The two teams would battle, but Scarborough won the second set 25-20.

 The third set would be pivotal, as Scarborough took a 23-12 lead. Biddeford would regroup however, and string together an 8-0 run to pull within three points. The Red Storm would hold on and close out the set 25-20 and to take the 2-1 lead. Scarborough would use the momentum to oust Biddeford 25-16 in the fourth and final set.

Biddeford drops to 10-3 on the year while Scarborough improves to 11-2. The Tigers faced the No. 1 seed Deering and came out victorious early in the week, and competed with another powerhouse in Scarborough.

“This has been a great week. Ending 1-1 is not what we wanted but it’s been a great week, it’s been some really nice volleyball,” said Tourigny.

Biddeford will play Marshwood in its season finale, and will likely enter the playoffs as a top-3 seed in Class A. Tourigny is confident in her team, and hopes to see it rebound after the loss.

“We’ve got a couple things to work on, we were a little banged up. I look forward to playing them again,” said Tourigny. “Confidence, they’re playing with the weight of the world on their shoulders but it’s high school volleyball, it should be fun.”

 Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at [email protected] or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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