Some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' volleyball scene:
1. Notre Dame of Hingham won't quit -- The Cougars added another notch on their belt Monday by taking down previously undefeated Sacred Heart, helped by senior Casey Thorbahn's 10 kills. That ended a 12-game win streak for Sacred Heart. The Cougars have beaten Westborough and Medfield, 3-2, and they stole two sets from Barnstable in a 3-2 loss.
2. Notable players so far:
- Alicia Franchi, Marian -- Pope John and Marian were each 10-2 before their matchup Tuesday, and the junior was the difference-maker in the match with 25 kills and 3 blocks in the Mustangs' 3-2 win.
- Antonea Green, Madison Park -- The junior served for 13 points and had 25 spikes, 6 blocks, and 2 tips for the Cardinals (7-2) in a 3-2 win over Randolph.
3. No. 3 Bishop Fenwick at No. 19 Lynnfield, Friday, 5 p.m. -- After a season-opening loss to Medfield, 3-0, Fenwick has cruised through the schedule on a 10-game win streak. One of those victories was a 3-0 win over Lynnfield Sept. 25, with Kate Lipka’s 19 kills and Tess McLaughlin’s 33 assists.
4. No. 16 Hopkinton at No. 10 Medfield, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. -- This matchup features the Tri-Valley League’s top two contenders. Medfield couldn’t figure out Notre Dame of Hingham, accounting for two of its losses. Barnstable has taken both of these squads out of their systems. Hopkinton is on an eight-game win streak.
5. No. 5 Newton North at No. 1 Barnstable, Thursday, 5 p.m. — The Red Raiders know how to win. They are unbeaten at 11-0, recently qualified for the postseason, and have home-court advantage. They’ve dropped only two sets all season (to Notre Dame of Hingham), so to say they have the advantage is an understatement. Newton North’s only loss this season came to Brookline.
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