The sport of volleyball is growing at a rapid rate in high schools around the state. 42 schools will compete at the varsity level this fall. A handful of others will compete as startup programs.

Four teams took at in a preseason play-day at Brewer High School Tuesday morning.

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The Witches begin their second season as a varsity sport and welcomed 46 players to tryout day. Veteran coach Rich Nutter kept all players and formed two sub-varsity teams to add to the mix.

The Witches play their regular season opener against Washington Academy on September 7th.

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The Hampden Academy Broncos are in their second year of playing volleyball and will join as a Class A varsity program next fall.

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And in Newport, the Nokomis Warriors have completed two years of play and join the Class B ranks this fall. Coach Julie Moulton and her Warriors open next Tuesday against Messalonskee.

NOTE: A just released annual report on athletics participation from the National Federation of State High School Associations shows girls volleyball added the most participants among high school girls sports with 6,225 new players.