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Scarborough volleyball earns Greely rematch; Cape falls

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Scarborough volleyball earns Greely rematch; Cape falls

The Scarborough volleyball team earned its long awaited state final rematch with Greely, one round earlier this year, Wednesday evening.

The Red Storm earned the No. 6 seed in Class A with a 10-4 record and had to get up bright and early Saturday for a long trip to third-ranked Ellsworth for the quarterfinals. The teams didn't play in the regular season.

Scarborough made sure the trip was worth it as it prevailed in three sets, 25-11, 25-21, 25-21.

That punched the Red Storm's ticket to defending champion Greely (13-2) Wednesday for the semifinals. Last fall, Scarborough gave the Rangers a scare in the state final, but lost in four close sets. This season, Scarborough lost the lone matchup in three games (14-25, 13-25, 17-25), Oct. 3.

If the Red Storm managed to spring the upset, it would play in the Class A state match for the second year in a row Saturday at 7 p.m. at Husson College in Bangor against either top-ranked Biddeford (15-0) or No. 5 Gorham (12-3).

Scarborough lost twice to the Tigers this year, 3-0 (13-25, 23-25, 13-25) at Biddeford Sept. 6 and 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 11-25, 20-25) at home to the Tigers Sept. 24. The Red Storm split five-set meetings with the Rams, winning in Gorham Sept. 19 (21-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12) and losing at home (22-25, 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 10-15) in the regular season finale, Oct. 12.

Cape Elizabeth went 5-9 in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history. Last Thursday, the eighth-ranked Capers welcomed No. 9 Windham and won their first ever postseason match, 3-1 (25-13, 11-25, 25-20, 25-5). Cape Elizabeth's run ended Saturday with a 3-0  (14-25, 11-25, 18-25) setback at top-ranked Biddeford. The Capers finished the season 6-10.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.