Some interesting tidbits on the high school boys' volleyball scene.
1. Brockton battles for bronze -- The Boxers stole the Bronze Bracket in the Rhody Invitational at Bryant University Saturday, winning sets (25-18, 25-17) over Bishop Hendricken. The Boxers defeated Lincoln-Sudbury in the quarterfinals, 25-18. This is one of many accomplishments for the squad. Boxers coach Jack Olson earned his 300th win with the boys' program April 5 in a 3-0 win over Quincy (25-16, 25-15, 25-14).
Milford fell in the semifinal round of the Rhody Invitational's Gold Bracket to St. Joseph (Metuchen), 25-16, 25-15. St. Joseph (N.J.) won the gold for its fourth Rhody Invitational championship.
Twelve teams from Massachusetts competed: Brockton, Cambridge, Central Catholic, Chicopee Comp, Greater New Bedford Voc. Tech, Haverhill, Lincoln-Sudbury, Ludlow, Milford, New Bedford, Newton North, and Newton South.
2. St. John's Prep struggles to stay in it -- After a strong five-game win streak, the Eagles were battle-tested, losing in a tie-breaker, 17-15, to unbeaten Chelmsford last Friday. On Monday, the Eagles had no luck against one of the state's best, Milford, despite making it to five sets (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 15-5). The Eagles have home-court advantage in their next big matchup, Monday at 7 p.m. against returning state champion Cambridge.
3. Needham knocks out Newton North -- The Rockets rallied behind Sam Tillotson's 20 kills after dropping the first set to hand Newton North its first loss of the season, 3-1, Monday. This is a big momentum-builder for the program, which was 0-2 against Newton North last season. The Rockets lead the Bay State Conference at 7-0.
4. For Acton-Boxboro, consistency is key -- Despite two early slipups early in the season to Dual County League's Westford and Cambridge, the Colonials have earned six straight wins, including three league matchups. The Colonials now set their sights on a rematch with host Westford Friday at 4 p.m. Westford is on a two-game losing skid.
5. Brighton thumps West Roxbury -- The Bengals' strength is clearly senior Joshua Hopkins at the service line. The outside hitter delivered 35 service points in a pair of wins against Madison Park and West Roxbury. Keep an eye on him as the squad squares off against a series of Boston City League rivals this week.
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