2017-11-03 / Front Page

Cape Elizabeth volleyball team snags state title

By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Members of the top-ranked Cape Elizabeth High School volleyball team pose with the Class B state championship trophy after beating third-ranked Falmouth High School Saturday, Oct. 28 at home. It was the program’s second title in the last four years. (Michael Kelley photos) Members of the top-ranked Cape Elizabeth High School volleyball team pose with the Class B state championship trophy after beating third-ranked Falmouth High School Saturday, Oct. 28 at home. It was the program’s second title in the last four years. (Michael Kelley photos) CAPE ELIZABETH – What a difference a year makes. Last season Cape Elizabeth volleyball team lost in three sets to Mt. Desert High School in the preliminary round of the Class A playoffs and ended their season with an 8-7 record. This season the team, made up of mostly the same players, finish 17-0, sweeping third-seed Falmouth High School Saturday, Oct. 28 to earn the school’s first Class B state championship.

“I didn’t really think we would win. Last year was pretty rough. We lost a lot of games,” sophomore Isabella Nedwell said after celebrating the victory with teammates.

“At the beginning of the season we thought, ‘We are here to have fun and play,’ but halfway through the season, we saw we had a chance to win (a championship). We just had to put in the time to win it,” Nedwell continued.


Cape Elizabeth captains junior Megan Connelly, senior Maggie Dadmum and senior Anna Torre helped to led the Capers volleyball team to an undefeated season this fall, one year after being bounced in the preliminary round of the playoffs. Cape Elizabeth captains junior Megan Connelly, senior Maggie Dadmum and senior Anna Torre helped to led the Capers volleyball team to an undefeated season this fall, one year after being bounced in the preliminary round of the playoffs. “Last year we lost those tight matches. We talked about how we needed to win those tight matches and be mentally tough this year,” said head coach Sarah Boeckel.

Cape Elizabeth got the scoring started early in the first set, taking the lead with the first point and never gave it up on the way to a 25-13 win.

Boeckel said after the match she told players to know there was still plenty of tough volleyball to be played.

“I said ‘Be psyched, but be prepared because you still have to work your butt off,”’ Boeckel said.

The second set, however, was mush closer, with Falmouth getting up to a 18-12 lead before Cape Elizabeth battled back to tie the set at 20. From there it went back and forth – with the two teams tied at 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 points – until Cape Elizabeth score the final two points of the set to earn the 29-27 set victory.

While the third set went Cape Elizabeth’s way and the team led by as many as seven points, Falmouth made it a nail-biter clawing its way back to pull within one point (21-20) before Cape Elizabeth regrouped and got the five points needed to seal the state title victory.

“It’s really satisfying to win. It’s what we have been working on since August,” said senior Caroline Murphy, a middle blocker on the team.

Nedwell, an outside hitter, said Cape Elizabeth’s relationship on the court made a difference in the game, the Capers’ second state final win in the last four years.

“We communicate really well because we are all best friends. There are no hard feelings on the court. On and off the court, we are one team there for each other,” she said.

The team, which put up a strong performance this year and won 42 of the 54 sets played during the regular season, knew it had a formidable opponent in Falmouth, the 2013 Class A state champion. Saturday’s game was the rematch of the 2014 Class A final when Cape Elizabeth bested Falmouth in five sets and the third time the two teams met up this season. Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth were bumped down to Class B after a reclassification of volleyball schools.

Boeckel said she was proud of the way her players played all the way through this season.

“We know how to battle. We may have been undefeated, but not all of our wins were easy,” Boeckel said. “Whether they play a lot or not, everyone gives it their all.”

Senior tri-captain Anna Torre said Cape Elizabeth was well prepared for what Falmouth would bring. Cape Elizabeth watched film of Falmouth’s play, but were still caught off guard a bit by the level of Falmouth’s play.

“We looked for specific things people tend to do. They moved the ball around a lot so, I didn’t know where to be on defense,” said Torre, an outside hitter.

“They are just a really good team. We knew we had to be ready for anything,” Murphy said.

“We do a great job doing adjustments on the fly and seeing what’s going on on the court. Blocking has been our weakness all season, but today was the best blocking we’ve had all season,” Boeckel said after the win.

Torre said the win was an “amazing end to my senior year (season). I am really proud of this team.”

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