The volleyball Top 20 saw two big and unexpected upsets this week, both losses from squads in the top 5.
It looks like Notre Dame of Hingham has found its footing and pushing top-ranked Barnstable to five sets and continuing that momentum with a 3-1 win over previously third-ranked Medfield (25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15). Cougars senior Julia Flynn is the only public school All-Scholastic to return this season and she was the catalyst in the victory, anchoring her squad with 19 kills, 10 digs and four aces. The Cougars ended a Medfield seven-game win streak. Medfield will get a second shot at the Cougars Thursday and have home court advantage.
Previously second-ranked Newton North was another unbeaten team taken down this week. Brookline toppled the Tigers 3-1 (26-24, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21) with Lisa Tarasyuk’s 38 kills and 11 blocks to register the team’s seventh straight win.
The losses send Newton North and Medfield down to the fifth and eighth spots respectively while Notre Dame of Hingham and Brookline are bumped up to No. 3 and No. 4.
Bishop Fenwick saw a busy week with four victorious matches, including one over Lynnfield to charge a seven-game win streak. Senior middle hitter Kate Lipka locked in another strong performance with 19 kills.
Duxbury defeated North Quincy in five sets (22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 20-18).
There’s one word to describe Bourne and Quincy – consistent. Both squads have at least 10 straight wins and have not gone to five sets all season.
The remaining squads had solid performances this week.
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