Some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' volleyball scene:
1. In other news: North Andover's senior setter Erin Cox has been suspended for five games and was stripped of her captaincy after offering to drive an inebriated friend home from a party, what the school has said is in violation of its zero tolerance policy against drug and alcohol use. For more on the story, read here. Cox has posted 236 assists for her 12-1 Scarlet Knights.
2. Marshfield shakes up Plymouth South: The Rams were the first squad to blemish No.15 Plymouth South's 10-game win streak with a win on Friday (25-11, 25-22, 14-25, 12-25, 15-10). "The MHS girls had a rough start to the season coming off a confusing past few years, but with a brand new coach, new direction and new workouts, they have climbed the mountain of success and gained the victory they've worked so hard for all season," said Rams coach Danielle Aquino-Enriquez. The Rams are currently 6-9.
3. Notable players:
- Emerson Boone, Boston Latin - The senior middle hitter collected 23 kills against Lexington for a 3-1 win for the Wolfpack (28-26, 25-19, 28-30, 25-16). The Wolfpack are unbeaten in the Dual County League (6-0) and are 8-1 overall.
- Molly Plunkett, Archbishop Williams - The junior made 10 kills and five aces to lead the Bishops over Cardinal Spellman, 3-1, (20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16).
- Emily Murray, North Reading - The senior recorded 21 digs, 11 kills and three blocks for the host Hornets over Burlington 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-14).
4. Winchester volleyball "Serve for the Cure" - Winchester will host Woburn Friday, Oct. 18, and both squads will swap their traditional team colors for pink as they look to raise money for the Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The games will begin at 5:15 pm with the varsity match set to start at 7 pm. Admission is $5 per person. For more on the benefit and Winchester's involvement, read here.
5. Games left to watch this week:
No. 2 Notre Dame of Hingham at No. 13 Canton, Thursday, 4 p.m. — Since their only loss of the season to Barnstable September 24, the Cougars have won seven straight. The Bulldogs should be wary of senior outside hitter Julia Flynn, who has loaded the stat sheet all season (hitting .450 with 157 kills to date). The Bulldogs have home court advantage (they haven’t lost there yet) and six-footer Avery Devoe, who leads the team in kills, blocks, service aces and serve receive.
No. 8 North Quincy at No. 9 Duxbury, Thursday, 4 p.m. – Unbeaten Duxbury (14-0) has been the only team to blemish North Quincy’s run (13-1) with a 3-2 win on Sept. 25. The Green Dragons have home court advantage. Red Raiders senior middle blocker, Carolyn Schwartz, who leads the squad with 91 kills, will need find a way around Duxbury’s Molly Quilty, who blocked nine North Quincy hits in their last meeting.
Westboro at No. 1 Barnstable, Friday, 5:30 p.m. — The Rangers (14-1) are unbeaten in the Midland-Wachusett A and are led by senior outside hitter Samantha Kehoe in kills (143). Against common opponent Notre Dame of Hingham, the Rangers lost, 3-2. Barnstable hasn’t dropped a game yet at 13-0 and can look to seniors Ciara Bruning (117 kills) and Hannah Andres (136 kills) to lead the offense.
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