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1. Archbishop Williams under new direction-- The Bishops get a fresh start this year with Stephanie Adams at the helm. The Brockton local has coached at Cardinal Spellman, Whitman-Hanson and spent the past three years at Dedham.
Adams is pleased with the performance of senior libero Caitlin Kearney, who played a part in the Bishops 3-0 sweep of Matignon Tuesday (25-6, 25-14, 25-18). The tri-captain has 80 digs this season and Adams calls her the most "positive" and "motivated" player on her squad.
"She's a great defender and has not let one ball drop. She's our best hustler and pushes the team," said Adams. The Bishops are currently 2-2.
2. Bishop Fenwick shakes up Melrose -- After a Division 2 title run last season, Melrose coach Scott Celli returns a young squad that will be tested. That test came a bit early for the Red Raiders as they dropped their first game of the season Monday to powerhouse Bishop Fenwick, 3-1.
Crusaders captain Kate Lipka, one of eight seniors on the squad, rallied for 20 kills and five blocks to lead the offense. Lipka posted a whopping 33 kills in her first three varsity games this season and is surely a name you don't want to forget as we make a dent in the season.
The Red Raiders have their work cut out for them if they want to contend.
3. Can't stop Canton -- Despite graduating all but one starter, the Bulldogs are steamrolling through their schedule, sweeping North Attleboro and Attleboro and edging Franklin, 3-1. Bulldogs senior Avery Devoe has delivered 50 kills in the squad's first three matchups, and if she can keep it up, she'll be a shoe in for a Globe All-Scholastic nomination. The Bulldogs finished last season in the Division 2 state semifinals after going 22-1 and face Milford at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
4. Medfield manages fourth win -- Medfield is the only squad to blemish Bishop Fenwick's record as of yet this season. After taking Fenwick's season opener 3-0, Medfield has gone on to win its next three matches 3-1 against Norton, Hopkinton and Bishop Feehan. The squad should breeze by the next bulk of its schedule until meetings with Frontier Sept. 24 and Barnstable Oct. 1. Medfield's Kristin Fechtelkotter leads the squad with 62 kills.
5. State's best setters-- Graduation added a lot of new names and fresh faces to this season's rosters. Frontier's Emily Woodward and Barnstable's Olivia Brodt, both newbies, lead in the state's setter category, with both registering more than 120 assists so far this season. Bishop Fenwick's Tessa McLaughlin trails these two with 111 assists.
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