On Saturday, October 5th, Yarmouth girls volleyball defeated one of the top teams in the state. Junior and captain Maggie Murray calls the game against Scarborough “a big win for us” and says that the team is “hoping to make another run for states this year.”
The Clippers’ volleyball team beat Cape Elizabeth in the 2018 championship game, becoming the Class B state champs. Winning states, Murray says, was an “amazing experience.”
“We all worked really, really hard for it,” she explains. “We were all there for every single practice of the season, every single conditioning after practice - all the conditioning we didn’t want to do. We were all there and we just had a really special bond last year, and it was just really special for all of us.”
Yarmouth is again hoping to secure the state title and, similar to last year, their top competitors are Cape and York. An unexpected obstacle, however, in the form of Washington Academy, has made itself known this season.
“They surprised us a bunch,” Murray reflected. “They’ve never, ever been strong - they’re a new program.” Despite this new competition, Murray remains confident that Yarmouth has a “really good shot” at another state championship.
“I think we should plan on going but I don’t think we should assume we’re going,” she explains. “We still need to work hard and put in as much and more effort than every other team out there… We can’t be lazy.”
The Yarmouth volleyball team is large this year, with 21 players and “a lot of talent.” Murray enjoys the large team and the chemistry that allows them to “come together as one” during big games. 2019 state championship or not, Murray believes that “having fun is one of our greatest strengths.”
-Mary Psyhogeos, Junior