A BIG THANK YOU to those who are in this week's Top 20!
The results from a Globe survey showed fans favored Bishop Fenwick and Bourne, two squads very deserving of a Top 20 mention. Let's take a look at how teams have fared so far ...
Barnstable continues to exceed expectations as coach Tom Turco produces another powerhouse (6-0) group that have yet to lose one single set all season. That list of beaten competitors includes previously ranked Case and No. 19 Hopkinton.
Newton North is following suit, with Alana King and Infiniti Thomas-Waheed steering an unbeaten 6-0 squad that has dropped a single set so far to Acton-Boxboro.
Medfield is the only team to blemish Bishop Fenwick’s run in its season opener, 3-0, and is unbeaten in the Tri-Valley League and in overall play 6-0. Despite the loss, the Crusaders (5-1) bounced back to give Division 2 state champ Melrose their first strike in the loss column with Kate Lipka’s 20 kills.
Word around the volleyball scene is that Westboro is a team-to-beat in CMass and Notre Dame of Hingham took on that task Friday night, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12 with Jessica McDermott’s 37 assists.
The Patriot League will be an interesting race to follow. North Quincy (4-0, 5-0) is no stranger to the rankings and will have to battle with Duxbury (5-0, 5-0) for the league title.
North Andover started off its season on a strong note with a first-ever win over Andover, 3-2, with Erin Cox’s 36 assists. The squad’s next big test is against Lynnfield, which remains unbeaten at 5-0.
New Bedford and Brookline are off to perfect runs and the Warriors’ biggest test comes up against Newton North Tuesday to decide the better competition in the Bay State (Carey).
Bourne, Canton and Plymouth South all boast the best records in their respective leagues, all unbeaten.
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