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Unbeaten Andover shimmies up girls’ volleyball rankings

Andover had some tough matchups this week against Reading and North Andover. And with victories in both, the undefeated Golden Warriors (13-0) move up to the third spot in the Globe Top 20 volleyball rankings past Lincoln-Sudbury.

The Golden Warriors edged out Reading, 3-1, which shuffled the Rockets (11-3) down three spots. The matchup against North Andover, which was highlighted in the previous Games of the Week, went to five sets (25-16, 27-29, 25-15, 16-25, 15-10). Molly Cronin had a hand in the loss, combining for 28 kills in the season series, while Elizabeth Wait posted six kills and six blocks. North Andover (10-3) falls to No. 10.

Top-ranked Barnstable (10-0) stays perfect this season after serving North Attleboro a 3-0 loss, moving the Red Rocketeers (9-3) down two spots to No. 18. Melrose (15-0) stays at No. 2 with three Middlesex Large wins in straight sets. The lineup stays the same with Newton North and Canton (13-0) falling in the fifth and sixth spots, with Tigers (11-1) heading the Bay State League.

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Canton almost saw a perfect 13-game streak come to an end after a tight five-set rally against No. 17 Notre Dame of Hingham (9-3), who has been a team to watch. The Bulldogs came through with the win (26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 12-25, 15-10) despite Julia Flynn’s 29 kills and Randi Whitham’s 57 assists.

No. 7 Brookline (10-2) and No. 8 Wellesley (12-1) saw some close calls as both teams struggled in five-set matchups against some tough Bay State League competition.

No. 9 Medfield (11-3) saw three straight wins and another highlight of the week was No. 11 Arlington Catholic’s loss to unranked Bishop Fenwick. The loss drops the Cougars (14-2) four spots and Bishop Fenwick emerges at No. 13. The Crusaders (11-3) avenged an earlier 3-2 loss this season and have wins against Lynnfield and Central Catholic under their belt.

No. 14 Pembroke is another new team in the Top 20 after its 3-1 victory over Quincy, handing the Titans (12-2) the season sweep and dropping Quincy four spots to No. 19.

No. 16 North Quincy (12-3) hit a slippery slope with Duxbury and Fontbonne, going five sets in both matchups, so keep an eye on how they compete as we near the end of the regular season.

Lynnfield holds on to the final spot in the rankings after Central Catholic and Chelmsford both suffered losses this week.

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