Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy volleyball team may still be looking for its first win but their improvement from last year’s squad was on display during a 0-3 loss to Jonesport-Beals at home on September 13.
Coach Bonnie Marckoon, who is co-coaching both the JV and varsity teams with new coach Aleta Johnson, said she is feeling confident about the future of the program, which is only in its second season competing at the varsity level.
“The quality of the athletes wanting to join the program is improving,” she said.
After dropping the first set 18-25 to Jonesport, the Eagles allowed an early lead in the second set before a rally that cut the lead to four. Jonesport would extend its lead on the way to a 25-15 second-set win, which led to a nail-biter of a third and final set.
George Stevens Academy took its first lead of the contest early in the final set at 4-2, but Jonesport came back to tie things up at 4-4. That tie resulted in a back-and-forth battle that saw lead changes and ties in the double digits, as the Eagles found their groove and scored points in a handful of extended rallies.
The defensive efforts of junior Lillian Maier and freshman Sophie Peasley in the back court, along with a collective effort at the net, kept the Eagles in the running for much of the last set, but eventually Jonesport was able to pull ahead for the 25-19 third-set win.
George Stevens Academy was playing without junior Mackenzie Tapley, one of five returning players from last year’s team. Tapley is recovering from a knee injury, but Marckoon said that the junior will slowly start to return to the court as the injury allows.