Updates on this week's Top 20:
Senior Julia Flynn has been the catalyst for Notre Dame of Hingham with 124 kills, 12 of which were against Frontier in the Cougars 3-0 win for coach Josh Shepherd’s 100th win. Prior to that, Flynn led a Cougars surge in the fifth set over Medfield (19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13) to upset the squad for the second time this season. The Cougars (9-1) have proven to be one of the toughest threats after having taken down Westboro, Medfield (2x) and after stealing two sets from Barnstable.
Duxbury won all three matches this week and despite splitting the first two sets against Quincy, the Green Dragons (11-0) closed out the final set, 25-19, to win 3-1. Quincy (7-3) also fell to North Quincy (9-1) this week 3-0. With the loss, the Presidents are bumped out of the rankings for now and are replaced by Peabody, a 10-0 squad at the top of the Northeastern Conference that recently locked in their postseason ticket.
North Andover (11-0) survived a close call Monday against Lynnfield (8-2) after coming back from an 11-4 deficit in the fifth set. Scarlet Knights’ Erin Cox led the surge, serving the next six points (22-26, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 16-14).
To no surprise, unbeaten Barnstable (10-0) qualified for another postseason appearance with sweeps over Medfield and Falmouth this week. Could this year be title number 16?
Bourne, Melrose, New Bedford, Andover, Canton, Plymouth South, Hopkinton and Sacred Heart won their matches respectively.
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