The last regular season match for the Barnstable's boys volleyball team was all about the seniors — and it wasn’t just because it was senior night.
Erik Hibbard, Barnstable's senior middle hitter, polished a win 3-0 over BC High (5-9) Monday with a dominating kill assisted by Christian Caldwell, the junior setter who had 28 assists for the day.
The Raiders finish the season 18-0 and are likely to gain the No. 1 seed in the state tournament, which will be announced Tuesday.
Head coach Tom Turco said that the boys knew they had to “step-up if they wanted to do well at the state level.” In the past two years, Barnstable has lost in the first round of the playoffs to Brookline.
Shawn Kennedy, senior co-captain, provided a stellar performance for the Raiders with 9 kills, 4 digs and 5 aces. The 5-foot, 11-inch outside hitter used his 34-inch vertical at the net to show why he will be playing volleyball next spring at Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island.
“Shawn is the first player to go on to play at a collegiate level from this boys’ program,” Turco said. “And we hope that it will be contagious in the future.”
Kennedy has only been playing volleyball for the past two years.
Tulio Pereira, a 6-4 senior and co-captain, contributed to the win with 11 kills and 8 digs.
“We actually have a great chance to do well in the playoffs and this season proved that,” Pereira said.
BC High struggled to keep up in the first game, dropping it 25-12 before losing the second 25-17. The two teams battled point for point in the third before the Raiders stole the show, overmatching the Eagles 25-13.
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