Barnstable 3, Case 0
Riley James smashed 18 kills, Ingrid Murphy had 13 and each had three aces as the Red Raiders beat the Cardinals in Swansea to remain perfect on the season.
Murphy added 10 digs and James had nine on defense for Barnstable (17-0), which still hasn’t lost a set in a regular-season match. Teagan James recorded a season-high 38 assists with two aces, Josie Deluga had seven digs and 14 service points, Emily Mulcahy and Dorian Funk had four and three kills, respectively, and Madelyn Murphy added three digs.
Barnstable wins Westboro Tournament
The Red Raiders swept through morning and afternoon pool play, before edging Newton North in the finals to win the Westboro “Ranger Hawk” Tournament in Westboro.
Barnstable beat Medfield (25-9, 25-9), Sacred Heart (25-16, 25-19) and Minnechaug (25-18, 25-18) in the morning, before beating Westboro (25-19, 25-12), AMSA (25-14, 25-14) and Hopkinton (25-16, 25-12) in the afternoon.
Newton North then pushed the Red Raiders to a third set, before Barnstable prevailed, 25-20, 21-25, 15-6.
The Red Raiders beat Newton North in the semifinals of the VolleyHall Classic earlier this month, before winning the tournament with a finals victory over Hollis/Brookline (N.H).
Giving it all they've got
Barnstable Volleyball seniors feel "sense of urgency"
One of the perils of being a highly successful athletic program is the level of expectations that frequently come with the territory.
Fans of the New England Patriot football dynasty can never be truly satisfied unless their season ends with a trip to the Super Bowl.
So, too, are those who have followed the Red Sox after a third-straight American League East Division title. If you don’t move onto the World Series, there just seems to be something missing.
If you understand that, then you can probably also sympathize with the Barnstable girls’ volleyball team and their feeling that success needs to result with a state championship.
Few can blame them.
Under the direction of veteran coach Tom Turco, the girls have been piling up state championship after state championship – 18 in total since 1993. They are also 23-time South Sectional Division 1 champions.
Yet when last season ended in the state semifinals to nemesis Newton North, it left a gnawing feeling in the gullet of every girl who is part of the program.
The redemption tour 2019 began at the beginning of this season.
“Definitely we weren’t happy how our season ended last year,” said senior captain Riley James. “In this program, we set our goals really high, and we do everything we can to reach those goals.”
Turco, who has been at the helm for every state championship season, knows that preparation is the key to any type of championship run.
“They’ve experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” he said. “They’re pretty motivated, but it’s always a sense of urgency for seniors.”
“It’s a game of pressure. There are pressure situations, and we’ve trained them for those situations,” he continued. “All you can do it set your goals and work to achieve those goals.”
To this point, the Red Raiders are a perfect 16-0 and have achieved an even higher level of perfection – they have not lost a single set to this point, an amazing 48-straight set run.
“The loss last year to Newton North was one of the worst feelings we’ve experienced as a team,” said senior captain Olivia Berler. “It was a huge goal this season to come back and get revenge and hopefully achieve our number one goal of a state championship.”
Each of the four senior captains echoed that same phrase, the “sense of urgency,” as they can hear the imaginary clock in their heads ticking down the final games of their careers.
“It’s our last year to get the job done and it’s something we’ve been working at every year,” said senior captain Madelyn Murphy. “We set our goals high each year and we work hard for it. We know what it takes to reach those goals.”
While all players on the team realize the importance of their roles on the team, the seniors feel a special responsibility to see that each game is played with that final goal in mind.
“We have to give it all we’ve got with the time that we have left,” said senior captain Ingrid Murphy. “It’s definitely unfinished business. It’s very important for us to come out on top.”
James has experienced many highs during this, her final season. She was named a pre-season All-American and last week achieved a milestone as the first-ever player in Barnstable volleyball history to achieve 1,500 kills.
Individual marks are great, but James has only one milestone on her mind.
“We work hard every day in practice to get there,” she said. “There’s no pressure except for the pressure we put on ourselves. We hold ourselves to a really high standard and we have high expectations of our level of play.”
The Red Raiders have already clinched their 19th straight Old Colony League championship but never get too far ahead of themselves.
“One of our goals is to have an undefeated season, but that’s not the one we’re after the most,” said Madelyn Murphy.
So, set by set, game by game, and practice by practice, the feeling of last season’s playoff loss is always in the backs of their minds.
“We know what that felt like last year, and, as seniors, it’s our last shot,” said Ingrid Murphy. “We want to go all the way this year. As seniors, we talk about that sense of urgency, and we know it’s our last year. We really want it this year.”
Turco remains his usual unflappable self when it comes to the successful run his program has achieved and all of its accomplishments.
“Every single team who comes down here to face us is going to do their best to try to put a mark against us,” he said.
Barnstable 3, Notre Dame 0
Senior Riley James had 17 kills and 12 digs, sparking the Red Raiders to their third sweep in as many nights with a 25-8, 25-15, 25-15 victory in Hingham.
Senior Ingrid Murphy added nine kills and eight digs for Barnstable (16-0), which swept Medfield on Monday and North Quincy on Tuesday.
Junior Josie Deluga added a match-high 15 digs for the Red Raiders to go along with 11 points at the service line, with six aces. Freshman Teagan James spread the offense around at setter with 27 assists while adding 20 points at the line, with eight aces, and seven digs. Emily Mulcahy and Dorian Funk chipped in with two kills each.
Barnstable volleyball hands North Quincy first loss
Seniors Riley James and Ingrid Murphy combined for 29 kills as the host Barnstable Red Raiders won a battle of undefeated girls volleyball teams with a 25-9, 25-7, 25-13 victory against the North Quincy Red Raiders on Tuesday.
James led the way at the net for Barnstable (15-0) with 18 kills while adding nine digs and a match-high 15 points at the service line. Murphy added 11 kills, five digs and 11 points at the line, with a pair of aces.
Freshman Teagan James sparked the offense with 31 assists while adding five digs and 10 points at the line, with four aces. Junior Josie Deluga contributed a match-high 18 digs defensively, as well as eight points at the line, including two aces. Sophomore Sophie Strock had four kills and two blocks and junior Dorian Funk had two kills and two assists.
Barnstable 3, Medfield 0
Freshman Teagan James spread the Red Raider offense around with 23 assists, while serving for 18 points, with four aces at the line, in a 25-8, 25-11, 25-13 win in Medfield.
Seniors Riley James and Ingrid Murphy led Barnstable (14-0) at the net. James finished with 16 kills, to go along with three aces, while Murphy had five kills and a match-high nine digs.
Sophomore Sophie Strock added four kills to the Red Raiders’ cause, while seniors Olivia Berler and Madelyn Murphy were strong at the service line, combining for six points. Junior Dorian Funk chipped in with four assists.
James first to reach 1,500 kills for Barnstable volleyball
Senior captain Riley James became the first Barnstable volleyball player to amass 1,500 varsity kills, and the Red Raiders clinched their 19th straight Old Colony League title by beating Dartmouth, 25-15, 25-18, 25-11, on Wednesday.
James reached the milestone with her 13th kill in the second set and finished with 21 total, plus 12 digs. Senior Ingrid Murphy added nine kills and seven digs for Barnstable (13-0, 4-0 OCL).
Freshman setter Teagan James spread the offense around with 33 assists, while junior Josie Deluga had 11 digs and a season-high 18 points at the service line. Sophie Strock and Lauren Ogonowski were both key at middle hitter, contributing two kills each.
Barnstable wins third VolleyHall Classic
SPRINGFIELD - The Barnstable Red Raiders swept their way through morning and afternoon pool play, edged Newton North in the semifinals and downed Hollis/Brookline (N.H.) in the finals to win the VolleyHall Classic volleyball tournament for the third straight year Monday at American International College.
Barnstable beat Newton North in the semifinals, 25-23, before beating Hollis/Brookline in the finals, 25-18.
The Red Raiders went 6-0 in the morning, sweeping Greely, Maine (25-16, 25-12), Bristol of Eastern, R.I. (25-17, 25-17) and Reading (25-14, 25-20). Barnstable repeated that success in the afternoon, downing Scarsdale, N.Y. (25-14, 25-10), Newton North (25-14, 25-17) and Farmington, Conn. (25-14, 25-18).
Barnstable 3, Winchester 0
Senior Riley James had a match-high 19 kills to go along with 11 digs, leading the undefeated Red Raiders past the Sachems, 25-9, 25-22, 25-16, in Hyannis.
Senior Ingrid Murphy added 16 kills for Barnstable (12-0) as well as seven digs to down Winchester (8-3).
Freshman Teagan James had 34 assists at setter, while junior Josie Deluga served for 12 points at the line.
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
Riley James had 17 kills, fellow senior captain Ingrid Murphy had 11 kills and the Red Raiders remained undefeated with a 25-4, 25-10, 25-11 Old Colony League victory over the Trojans in Bridgewater. Murphy also had seven digs and three aces for the Red Raiders (11-0, 3-0 OCL), who got 36 assists and three aces from Teagan James and a team-high 20 service points, plus four aces and six digs, from Madelyn Murphy.
Dorian Funk, Sophie Strock and Emily Mulcahy finished with four kills each for Barnstable.
Barnstable 3, Westborough 0
Barnstable volleyball makes the playoffs
WESTBORO - Barnstable senior Ingrid Murphy had a match-high 17 kills, leading the Red Raiders to their 10th win of the season and a berth in the girls volleyball playoffs with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-9 win against the Westboro Rangers on Monday.
Murphy had another match high on the night with 12 digs while also contributing a pair of aces at the service line for Barnstable (10-0). Senior Riley James added 13 kills, 10 points at the service line, with three aces, and seven digs.
Junior Josie Deluga (two aces) and senior Madelyn Murphy were both strong defensively for the Red Raiders with 10 and six digs, respectively. Junior Dorian Funk added a team-high 11 points at the service line, while freshman Teagan James had 31 assists and sophomore Emily Mulcahy contributed a block and two kills.
Barnstable 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 0
Freshman Teagan James sparked the Red Raiders offense with 27 assists, while serving for 18 points at the line, with four aces, to lead Barnstable past the Dolphins, 25-13, 25-10, 25-9, in Hyannis.
Senior Ingrid Murphy led the way for the Red Raiders (9-0) at the net with 10 kills, two aces and nine digs, while senior Riley James had eight kills, two aces and four digs.
Junior Josie Deluga had 12 digs and three aces for Barnstable, while Dorian Funk and Sophie Strock had five kills each.
Freshman Lucy Swanson led Dennis-Yarmouth (2-6) at the net with six kills, while senior captain Sam Balboni had four kills and a block. Senior Kim Murray added four kills herself, to go along with a block, and freshman Alayna Rooney had 20 service receptions and 20 digs.
Barnstable sweeps Hopkinton in top-two showdown
HYANNIS - Barnstable senior captains Riley James and Ingrid Murphy combined for 31 kills and 18 digs, leading the undefeated Red Raiders past the previously undefeated Hopkinton Hillers 25-10, 25-16, 26-15 Tuesday in a battle of the top two Division 1 girls volleyball programs in the state.
James finished with 20 kills and 10 digs as well as 12 points at the service line for Barnstable (8-0). Murphy had 11 kills and eight digs.
Freshman Teagan James spread the Red Raiders’ offense around with 32 assists while striking for five aces. Sophomore Sophie Strock had three blocks, junior Dorian Funk had two kills and three blocks and junior Josie Deluga had a match-high 16 digs.
Honoring Olivia: Barnstable Sweeps Brockton on Emotional "Dig Yellow" Night
Pictures by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
HYANNIS - Olivia Brodt and her younger sister Caroline have moved on from the Barnstable girls volleyball program, but Olivia’s presence remains in the Red Raiders gymnasium.
A banner hangs on the wall behind the scorer’s table with Olivia’s name and the “3” she wore on her jersey, the only number ever retired by the team.
Olivia died from complications of cancer as a 20-year-old in 2016. Barnstable began its “Dig Yellow Night” that fall to raise money for childhood cancer awareness, and the unbeaten Red Raiders honored their 2014 senior co-captain with a 25-17, 25-7, 25-12 sweep of the Brockton Boxers in Monday’s third rendition of the event.
“It gets sentimental, knowing that my daughter played here, both my daughters played here,” said Craig Brodt, Olivia and Caroline’s father and an assistant coach for Barnstable. “We have the banner, and that makes it a special night, that remembrance of Olivia. Her number on our shirts, on our practice shirts, it brings out the community support.”
Yellow appeared all over the Barnstable gymnasium Monday, from streamers and balloons in the stands to motivational posters hanging on the walls. The Red Raiders (7-0) traded their typical jerseys for bright yellow ones, and even Brockton coach Kate Fallon-Comeau and her staff donned yellow garb.
Barnstable 3, Falmouth 0
Senior Riley James had 19 kills, 10 digs and two aces, helping the Red Raiders remained undefeated with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 victory over the Clippers in Hyannis.
Senior Ingrid Murphy added 12 kills, four aces and seven digs for Barnstable (7-0). Teagan James had 36 assists and nine digs for the Red Raiders, while Sophie Strock and Dorian Funk had two kills each.
Caroline Delinks and Daisha Pena had four kills apiece for Falmouth (5-2), which got solid all-around play from Caitlin Pope, Abigail Pope, Shea McCloud, Colleen Kerr, Riley Gregory.
Barnstable improves to 6-0 and has still not lost a set this year.
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0
Junior Josie Deluga led the Red Raiders defensively with 15 digs and added 14 points at the service line, with a game-high three aces, in a 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 Old Colony League win for Barnstable in South Dartmouth.
Seniors Ingrid Murphy and Riley James paced the Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0 OCL) at the net. Murphy had 12 kills to go along with a pair of service aces and 10 digs. James added 14 kills, six digs and three blocks.
Freshman Teagan James had 31 assists at setter for Barnstable, as well as two aces and three digs, sophomore Sophie Strock had three kills and three blocks and junior Dorian Funk had three kills, two blocks and three assists.
Dartmouth fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCL.
Barnstable Volleyball sweeps Newton North in rematch
Senior Riley James had 21 kills, 19 digs and a pair of blocks, helping the Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball squad avenge a Division 1 state semifinal loss with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 win over Newton North on Monday evening.
Barnstable entered last season’s South Sectionals at 19-0 and swept their way through to their eight straight Sectional championship. Newton North then swept the Red Raiders, 3-0, en route to the 2017 state championship.
This time around, senior Ingrid Murphy added 14 kills and a match-high 21 digs to James’ efforts as Barnstable improved to 4-0 and dropped the Tigers to 2-2.
Freshman Teagan James spread the Red Raiders offense around with 34 digs, while adding seven digs defensively. Junior Josie Deluga added 11 digs, and sophomore Sophie Strock had three blocks.
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
Seniors Riley James and Ingrid Murphy combined for 21 kills and 10 aces, leading the Red Raiders to a 25-6, 25-6, 25-9 sweep of the Trojans in their Old Colony League opener in Hyannis.
James led the way for Barnstable (3-0, 1-0 OCL) with 13 kills and four aces, while Murphy had nine kills with six aces.
Freshman Teagan James spread the Red Raiders offense around with 29 assists and sophomore Sophie Strock had a strong game at the net with four kills.
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Barnstable 3, Dennis Yarmouth 0
Seniors Ingrid Murphy and Riley James led the way for the Red Raiders at the net in a 25-6, 25-6, 25-12 win over the Dolphins in South Yarmouth.
Murphy led Barnstable (2-0) with 11 kills, while James had 10 and sophomore Sophie Strock added four. Juniors Dorian Funk and Lauren Ogonowsky chipped in with three kills each.
Freshman setter Teagan James spread the offense around with 28 assists, while junior Josie Deluga had eight digs defensively and Murphy added seven digs.
Barnstable had 20 aces as a team, with Funk, Deluga and James each striking four and James and Murphy each getting three.
Dennis-Yarmouth got two kills and four assists from Ana Luiza DaSilva, two kills and two blocks from Kim Murray, 13 service receptions and 14 digs from Alayna Rooney and two aces and 10 digs from Elise Gustafson.
High School Girls' Volleyball Rankings
Barnstable begins the season atop the the Globe's Top 20 girls' volleyball rankings, with defending D! state champion Newton North right behind the Red Raiders. Division 2 Duxbury comes in at No. 3, while D2 finalist Melrose is at No. 10. Division 3 finalist Bourne is ranked 16th.
Barnstable 3, Central Catholic 0
Seniors Riley James and Ingrid Murphy were key at the net, as Barnstable opened the season in Lawrence with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-8 victory.
James led the way with 20 kills while Murphy added 14.
Freshman Teagan James spread the offense around with 34 assists while also contributing five aces at the service line.
Junior Josie Deluga paced the defense with 11 digs while Riley James and Murphy added eight digs each.
Senior Olivia Berler closed out the match with four aces.
Plenty of Spikes in Barnstable's Annual Play Day
HYANNIS – Barnstable High prepares for a long season with a long day of volleyball. The Red Raiders, sporting tye-dye shirts like many teams, hosted their 10th annual Play Day on Saturday in a series of seven, 40-minute scrimmages.
Among the participating teams were Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Nantucket, Sandwich, Sturgis East and St. John Paul II. Off-Cape teams included Brockton, Cardinal Spellman, Duxbury, Frontier Regional, Hendrick Hudson (NY), Hopkinton, Longmeadow, Medfield and Plymouth North.
“These Play Days are a wealth of information because there’s a referee, a scoreboard and competitiveness,” said Tom Turco, who is entering his 31st season as Barnstable’s head coach. “I’m looking for competitive athletes.”
Barnstable senior Riley James, who was recently selected as a MaxPreps preseason All-American, seemed to be in midseason form, blocking shots at the net and hitting thunderous spikes. Fellow senior and outside hitter Ingrid Murphy also made her fair share of plays.
Barnstable had to get it going right away as its first match was against Hopkinton, last year’s Division 1 state runner-up.
“It’s nice to compete at a high level for a full day and getting into the swing of the season,” said James, who has committed to NCAA Division I Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Barnstable is trying to shake off last year’s disappointment when it went undefeated into the Division I state semifinals, but lost to eventual state champion Newton North, 3-0.
Turco and James both said there is an edge on this team to get back to the state title.
“I think it’s on on everybody’s mind that we don’t want that feeling again,” James said of last year’s loss.
Josie Deluga, who transferred to Barnstable from Dennis-Yarmouth after her family moved, was among those mixing in with the starters.
Deluga, a defensive setter and libero, said playing volleyball is making the transition easier.
“The team is welcoming and supportive of me,” said Deluga, who concluded the day with a match against her former team. “It feels awesome to be a part of this team. I feel a lot more in shape coming into this season.”
“She’s mixing in well with the girls,” Turco said. “She’s got a good work ethic and great defensive ability.”
Barnstable opens its season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.
High school notebook: Barnstable’s James named preseason All-American
HYANNIS – Barnstable senior outside hitter Riley James is the only Massachusetts player among the 38 recently selected to the 2018 preseason MaxPreps All-American volleyball team. James has tallied nearly 1,300 kills and over 100 aces in her three seasons as a Red Raiders starter, helping her team win two state championships and three South Sectional titles in that stretch.
Barnstable coach Tom Turco said James is the first preseason All-American in program history. She and fellow outside hitter Ingrid Murphy have been on the varsity since they were freshmen and will join Olivia Berler and Madelyn Murphy as this fall’s senior class.
“Not only do they have to produce on the court, they have to embrace the expanded role of being senior captains,” Turco said. “We know what we’re getting in ability, and we’re sure of what we’re getting in leadership”
James, who has committed to NCAA Division I Bryant University, led the state with 483 kills last year to go along with 41 aces, five blocks and 255 digs. She was named a MaxPreps Underclass All-American in 2016 and 2017 and was the Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year in 2016.
“A school like Bryant is a perfect fit for her,” Turco said. “I think the expectations are going to be similar to what we have here.”
Barnstable Volleyball Wins AVCA Team Academic Award
Barnstable's girls volleyball team has won the 2017-18 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.
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