CAPE ELIZABETH — Cape Elizabeth uncharacteristically bowed out in the preliminary round of the Class A volleyball tournament last year.

This time? With most of the team returning and a move to Class B, it’s a whole lot different.

The top-ranked Capers continued their undefeated run and reached the Class B state championship match by dominating fifth-seeded Greely in a three-set sweep Wednesday night, 25-21, 25-12, 25-19.

Cape will face Falmouth, a 3-2 winner over Yarmouth, in the final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cape Elizabeth.

“It feels great to make the final,” said Cape Coach Sarah Boeckel. “I knew we were better (this year) than we were last year (when) we lost the tight matches. This year, we are winning the tight matches.

“We only lost two players and had a huge returning class. Nice things are going to happen when you have your core back.”

Cape Elizabeth (16-0) relied on the Rangers’ mistakes in the first set, which saw runs by both teams before Megan Connelly served five consecutive points to give the Capers control with a 23-18 lead. Greely committed three unforced errors for Cape’s final points of the set.

Maggie Dadmun came up big in the final two sets for the Capers, allowing outside hitters Connelly, Jessie Robichauw and Anna Torre and middle hitters Madison Sarka and Brooke Harvey to help lead the way.

After only one kill in the first set, the Capers finished with 28. Dadmun had all of her 16 assists in the second and third sets.

“It definitely helped that all of my hitters were on fire,” said Dadmun. “I had lots of options. And all of our hitters are always very reliable.”

Robichauw (seven), Connelly (seven), Torre (five), Harvey (five) and Sarka (four) recorded all of the kills for Cape.

“You don’t want to be the team that pumps it outside, pumps it outside, pumps it outside and kills your outside hitters,” Boeckel said. “If you’ve got a middle (hitter), an opposite (hitter) and an outside (hitter) … you have options. It’s a hard thing to defend.”

Dadmun had two of her six assists in the second set on kills by Connelly and Robichauw during a 6-1 run that turned an 11-7 lead into a 17-8 advantage. The Capers had six kills in their final eight points of the set.

Cape’s riches were what Greely was lacking.

The result was an 8-8 season for a program that captured nine Class A state championships in Coach Kelvin Hasch’s previous 16 seasons.

“(This season) was tough for us. We really didn’t have a genuine hitter,” Hasch said. “You have to be able to hit the ball and put it on the ground. (Cape) can. And that’s why they were successful.”

Greely grabbed a 7-3 lead in the third set – the first time it led by more than one point – behind Lily Adams’ three service points and kills by Steffi Johnson (two), Olivia Murley and Jane Grandchamp.

The Capers caught the Rangers at 15-15 on a kill by Sarka. Two kills by Harvey and one by Torre closed out the match.

“I’m proud of our team,” Dadmun said.

“We definitely played as a team. We were excited for this game and we definitely showed up.”

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