Barnstable volleyball coach Tom Turco doesn't say much before matches.
Then again, he rarely has to.
"I don't give any speeches," Turco said. "If they're not mentally prepared by the time they get to the gym, they're not ready. They know what the big matches are and they rise to the occasion."
The top-ranked Red Raiders certainly stepped up Thursday night, rolling over host No. 2 Medfield, 25-16, 25-17, 25-15, behind 16 kills from senior Kaylee Deluga and 31 assists from junior setter Kayla Crook. Barnstable hadn't beaten the Warriors since 2008.
Inside a sweltering gym, Deluga, an All-Scholastic who was on the Division 1 All-State team and senior Aine Cole, normally both middle-hitters, had to play on the back line because Barnstable was missing its libero.
"They stepped up and played big defense in the back," said Turco, chalking Deluga and Cole's performance up to their veteran status. "But they're seasoned, they're able to adjust to these situations."
Junior Regan Bristol seven kills for the Red Raiders, who improved to 6-0. Despite snapping a three-year, three-match winless streak against Medfield, the post-match mood was more focused on the future than jubilant at the present.
"They're pretty even-keeled," Turco said. "They were excited but they respect Medfield. They understand that their goal is to compete at a high level by way of our schedule for one purpose, and that's to prepare themselves for the tournament. So they're happy, but they weren't jumping around."
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