Take a look at the Globe's volleyball Top 20 as the sports ends the regular season.
Barnstable coach Tom Turco isn't afraid of challenging his girls. That is why he sets his squad up with one of the most challenging schedules and without surprise, it has produced a winning team.
The 16-0 Red Raiders recently added a notch on their belt with a 3-1 victory over previously second-ranked Notre Dame of Hingham.
The Red Raiders unloaded their offense, headed by Ciara Bruning (10 kills), Colleen Kenney (seven kills), and Hannah Andres (13 kills) against a very impressive Notre Dame of Hingham team that was led by powerhouse Julia Flynn. Winning in four sets, the Red Raiders are one step closer to a perfect regular season with two matchups to follow against Medfield and Newton North.
The last unbeaten season for the Red Raiders came in 2011, when they went on to beat Central Catholic in straight sets for the state title at 23-0.
Newton North seniors Alana King and Infiniti Thomas-Waheed combined for 28 kills to sweep Brookline (27-25, 25-22, 25-16), serving the Warriors their first loss of the season. Tigers Bali Connors chipped in eight kills and seven aces in the match.
North Andoverís Erin Cox and Jillian Boyle teamed up for 28 assists and 28 digs to edge Lynnfield 3-1. Golden Knights Merry Eagan had five blocks. The Pioneers fourth loss this season knocked them out of the rankings.
New Bedford clinched its 30th Big 3 title under coach Neil Macedo with a 3-2 win over Brockton and a 3-0 win over Durfee to end the season.
Other big upsets came from Medfield, who beat Bishop Fenwick 3-1, taking the regular season series after a straight set season opener sweep.
Senior Shelby Corsano (18 digs, 13 assists) and sophomore Miranda Partosan (11 service points, six kills) lifted Fairhaven past Bourne 3-1 to snap the Canalmen's undefeated streak at 18-1.
Holbrook also toppled Sacred Heart 3-0.
Hopkinton dropped to Frontier in five sets despite junior Holly Adams' 18 kills, 13 digs and block.
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