Barnstable is No. 1 in battle of unbeatens
The top-ranked Barnstable Red Raiders volleyball team rolled in their undefeated march with a 3-1 victory over Case in a battle of 11-0 teams yesterday at Hyannis.
Host Barnstable took the first (25-20), third (25-8), and fourth (25-19) sets, after losing a back-and-forth battle to the No. 3 Cardinals in the second set, 26-24.
Barnstable coach Tom Turco believed costly errors and lack of energy allowed Case to close the gap too many times.
“What was lacking in Game 2 and Game 4 was energy,’’ Turco said. “They were flat out there. They beat them, 25-8, in the third game and instead of wanting to put them away, they start making mistakes. You need to up the focus and up the energy level.’’
Barnstable raced to a 12-4 lead in the opening set before the Cardinals rebounded to make it close before dropping a 5-point decision.
The switch in momentum allowed Case to keep pace with the defending Division 1 champion. The teams tied 15 times in the second set, which ended with a picture-perfect hit by Case senior outside hitter Jenn Cabral (13 digs) for the win.
Barnstable took revenge in the third set, going on a 16-4 run to close it, anchored by 6-foot senior middle hitter Kaylee Deluga, who had 18 kills, 11 digs, and 3 blocks.
The final set was reminiscent of the second, but Barnstable was able to capitalize on Lynne Hibbard’s spike to tie it at 14-14, paving the way for an 11-5 run that sealed the victory.
Case senior setter Megan Armburg recorded 23 assists.
Brockton 3, North Quincy 2 - Alicia Mace notched 17 kills and 48 digs, Fabiola Garcon dished 39 assists, and the Boxers (9-2) upended the No. 11 Red Raiders.
Lynnfield 3, Saugus 0 - Amanda McQueen (10 assists) and Caroline Shannon (6 aces, 4 kills) led the Pioneers (12-0).
Boys’ soccer Georgetown 1, Hamilton-Wenham 0 - Senior captain Andrew Savage got his first career goal as the Royals (7-0-2) remained undefeated.
Masconomet 4, Amesbury 0 - Charlie Behrens scored twice to lead the No. 14 Chieftains.
North Andover 3, North Reading 1 - The Scarlet Knights gave coach Bill Tarbox his 400th career win.
Girls’ soccer Brockton 3, Cardinal Spellman 1 - Junior forward Felicia Mulholland had a hat trick for the Boxers.
Dartmouth 2, Falmouth 1 - Ally Pontes and Arleigha Cook took care of the scoring for the No. 14 Indians (10-0-0).