1. Boston English, fourth time's a charm -- The Bulldogs rallied in four sets to take down O'Bryant, 3-1, for the squad's fourth City League championship (25-16, 25-12, 21-25, 25-23). For more on the game, read here. The victory is a big moment for the Bulldogs after coach Hardy Mondesir's absence last year when he coached WPI.
2. North Andover claims share of MVC -- North Andover's sweep of Chelmsford (25-15, 25-13, 25-13) gives them a share of the Merrimack Valley Conference championship with Andover for the program's first championship banner in school history. Catherine Flaherty led the offense with 12 kills and Merry Eagan (four blocks) and Rachel Karpinski (16 digs, two aces) set up defense. Erin Cox pitched in 28 assists to lead the 18-1 squad.
3. Big plays:
Newton South 3, Westford 2: The Lions (9-7) clinched a tourney bid thanks to senior captain Emily Tippett (eight kills, 13 digs), senior Izzy Shishko (eight kills, 15 digs, three aces), and sophomore Molly Mackler (37 digs).
Boston Latin 3, Acton-Boxboro 0: Senior captain Emerson Boone posted 25 kills for the Wolfpack.
Masconomet 3, Saugus 0: Senior Maddie Kelly led the Chieftains (12-7) with 10 service points, 8 digs, and 7 kills.
Stoughton 3, Cardinal Spellman 1: Senior Kayla Montley had 12 kills, 7 blocks, and 14 digs for the Black Knights (9-10).
4. Games to watch:
No. 5 Melrose at No. 7 Newton North, Wed., 4 p.m.– Melrose has saved one of its toughest matchups for last with Newton North being its last test before the postseason. Melrose’s only loss this season was to No. 4 Bishop Fenwick, 3-1, on Sept. 16.
No. 1 Barnstable at No. 12 North Quincy, Wed., 5 p.m.– These two programs will be reunited for the first time this season in a 20-plus year rivalry. In their last three matchups since the 2010-2011 season, Barnstable has swept in straight sets.
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