2016-09-09 / Sports Spotlight

Foerster, volleyball family reunite for another run

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough High School senior Kacey Foerster is looking forward to what this volleyball season has in store for her and her teammates, many she has been playing with since she took up the sport freshman year. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School senior Kacey Foerster is looking forward to what this volleyball season has in store for her and her teammates, many she has been playing with since she took up the sport freshman year. (Michael Kelley photo) When Scarborough senior Kacey Foerster reported to the first day of volleyball practice Aug. 15, it was much more than an opportunity to get back on the high school volleyball court, it was a family reunion of sorts.

“It’s really exciting to have everyone back in the gym. We are all excited to be back with our volleyball family,” Foerster said Sept. 1, the day before Scarborough’s first match of the season – a loss against Greely High School, which Scarborough beat last Halloween to capture its first Class A title in program history.

Head Coach Jon Roberts said 10 players who played in that game are back this season, giving Scarborough (1-1) the experience needed for a repeat run.


Kacey Foerster practices her serves last week before a season-opening loss to Greely High School, the team Scarborough beat last season for its first Class A title in program history. Scarborough enters a Sept. 8 match up with Thornton Academy with a 1-1 record. (Michael Kelley photo) Kacey Foerster practices her serves last week before a season-opening loss to Greely High School, the team Scarborough beat last season for its first Class A title in program history. Scarborough enters a Sept. 8 match up with Thornton Academy with a 1-1 record. (Michael Kelley photo) “We wouldn’t be honest if we said we weren’t thinking about (another state championship) and the pressure that comes with it, but I think the girls are handling it really well,” Roberts said.

The last time a team from Scarborough, a perennial playoff contender, won backto back titles was the boys’ cross country team, which has won the last two titles.

“We are all still really hungry to be the best we can be. States is on everyone’s mind, but we have set our sights on tangible goals that we can reach, so even if we don’t make it back, our season is still a success,” Foerster said.

One of the advantages Scarborough had last year, and has again this year, is a deep and versatile team.

“We have a deep bench. We can put people anywhere. It is nice to have that depth. I think that is what led us last year because we have some many people who can play so many different positions,” Foerster said.

Roberts said his players also understand that it takes the entire team, not just one individual, to succeed. No one gets that more than Foerster, who Roberts said has both the talent and the team-first attitude that makes a team like Scarborough’s gel.

“She cares more about everyone else than herself. It’s rare to find someone as talented, yet unselfish as she is at the same time,” Roberts said. “I truly believe she would want others to succeed and give something up of herself than get any sort of credit.”

“We have so many kids and they have a lot of experience and a lot of talent. If we had someone rule to roost, it wouldn’t led to harmony on the team,” he added.

Foerster was first introduced to volleyball when she and a friend attended an open gym at the high school the summer before her freshman year. She decided to join the team and after one season, she was hooked.

She began playing club volleyball with BOOM. Her team, which featured former Scarborough teammate Emily Hanson and current teammate Libby Chadbourne, was the first from Maine to qualify for the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship.

Foerster, said she is unsure of whether she is going to play volleyball in college. Right now she is just focused on this season.

“Everyone is in here to work really hard and be the best they can be for the team,” Foerster said as her teammates worked on drills.

Foerster has been playing with the other 13 seniors on the team since they all started with the volleyball program freshman year. She has grown with the group both on, and off, the volleyball court. She doesn’t consider them just teammates, she considers them like family.

“We all came in together as freshmen. We were all unsure what to expect going into high school, but we were all there to support each other. Coach Roberts, Coach (Kim) Stoddard, and Coach (Heather) Brown have been there to help us not just with volleyball, but with school work, life problems. It was so helpful,” she said.

Roberts has grown close to them as well over the last few years and will be sad to see his seniors graduate out of the program.

“Having this many kids for so long is bittersweet, so I am soaking in every minute in the gym and appreciate them because they will be gone fast,” he said.

If Scarborough does make it to another state final, they will have to best a number of strong volleyball teams, including Biddeford (Oct. 13) and Falmouth (Sept. 29) two teams Roberts said, “looked strong” in preseason scrimmages with Scarborough.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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