2012-10-19 / Sports Spotlight

Volleyball captain displays perseverance

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Meghan Lynch, a senior at Scarborough High School, has been working hard to get her volleyball team ready for the playoffs. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the team, which finished 9-4, is facing Ellsworth High School (12-2) in the first round of the playoffs. Last year’s season ended with a defeat to Greely in the state championship game. (Michael Kelley photos) Meghan Lynch, a senior at Scarborough High School, has been working hard to get her volleyball team ready for the playoffs. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the team, which finished 9-4, is facing Ellsworth High School (12-2) in the first round of the playoffs. Last year’s season ended with a defeat to Greely in the state championship game. (Michael Kelley photos) Senior Meghan Lynch has only been playing volleyball for three years, but it didn’t take her long to find a passion for the sport.

“I love everything about it,” said Lynch, one of the team captains. “I love the teamwork. Everyone has their own role to play and we all have to come together to make it work. I like the self-improvement too. There is always something you can learn to improve your game.”

For the past three years Lynch has been the team’s starting middle hitter, a position responsible for covering and blocking the entirety of net on defense and hitting to create offensive opportunities for the setter. That opportunity almost never happened. Lynch was cut from the team her freshman year, but chose not to give up on the desire to play volleyball.

“I’ve always been interested in volleyball, but it was pretty discouraging getting cut freshman year,” Lynch said. “It was a fresh start when I found out (coach Jon Roberts) was starting here.”

She tried out again her sophomore year and has been an important part of the team since then.

Roberts, who is in his third year coaching the team, said Lynch, who overcame an ankle injury this season, always comes to practices and games with a positive attitude.

“She shows up to practice and, no matter how much I’ve yelled or upset other people get, she’s always bubbly and energetic and enjoying everything that is going on around her,” Roberts said. “It rubs off on the other kids. She has been a good influence as a captain on the team.”

Lynch also always comes to the volleyball court ready to give it her all.

“She has been the starting middle hitter on the varsity team the last three years. She wants the ball. She wants to be the person to have it when it matters the most. That is not something you can really teach,” Roberts said.

Lynch and the rest of her teammates wrapped up the regular season on Friday, Oct. 12 with a 3-2 loss to Gorham High School (11-3). The loss dropped the team’s record to 9-4, good for sixth in the league.

Last year the team lost to Greely High School in the Class A state title game. Roberts said the team also lost Brittney Bona, the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year, to graduation.

“It was tough coming into the season,” said Lynch, who is also a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams and president of the Interact Club. “We lost a bunch of good players from last season, but we’ve found our new identity now. Every single player has been working hard and showing they possess the skills to make us progress.”

So far, Roberts said, the team has not disappointed.

“I didn’t know what to expect this year, but the kids really stepped up. I am excited about where we are right now,” Roberts said.

The team begins its postseason play on Saturday, Oct. 20 against third-ranked Ellsworth High School, which finished with a 12-2 record.

Lynch said volleyball will be a sport she will continue to play after she graduates from Scarborough High School this spring.

“I am so hooked on volleyball,” she said. “Whether it is a college team or intramurals, I’ll keep playing. I definitely can’t stop playing. I have had such a great experience here.”

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