Barnstable perseveres, tops Frontier
Neither visiting Frontier nor Barnstable had dropped a set this season, never mind a game, when the volleyball powerhouses, both 8-0, squared off last night.
The duel of cross-division heavyweights lived up to its billing.
The defending Division 1 champion Red Raiders roared to a 15-6 win in the fifth set to take a 3-2 victory. Thirteen-time state champion Barnstable gained a measure of revenge with the win, having dropped a five-set decision to the defending Division 3 champion Red Hawks last October.
Frontier came out strong in the first set, led by junior outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski (22 kills, 11 digs). The Red Hawks finished with a 17-7 run en route to the 25-16 win and a 1-0 lead.
Top-ranked Barnstable swung the momentum back in its favor in the second and third sets with a pair of 25-17 wins, but No. 6 Frontier forced a deciding set with a 25-17 win of its own. Barnstable had three service errors in the fourth set and it looked like nerves were becoming a factor.
“The hardest thing in sports is to regain momentum,’’ Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “Even though we had a pretty good crowd here, and it was loud, we lost that fourth game. That was a game we could have taken the match with and we weren’t playing particularly well and they recaptured the momentum.’’
The Red Raiders were led by All-Scholastic Kaylee Deluga (13 kills, 11 digs), Aine Cole (12 kills), and Regan Bristol (12 kills).
Brookline 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 1 - Maya Midzik had 25 kills and 7 aces and senior Jamie Francona had 36 assists and 11 digs in No. 15 Brookline’s win over the seventh-ranked Warriors.
Boys’ soccer Holliston 2, Medway 1 - Mike Chaput scored his seventh goal of the season for the Panthers.
Silver Lake 3, Pembroke 0 - Charlie Lawson had two goals for the No. 13 Lakers.
Girls’ soccer Central Catholic 4, Dracut 0 - Alexa Poulin had a goal and two assists for the top-ranked Raiders (7-1).
Tewksbury 3, Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 0 - Sophomore striker Aly Spencer scored two goals and had an assist for the No. 8 Redmen (6-2).