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High 5: Barnstable's Logan Hurwitz 'leads with kindness'

Angel Salcedo, Sports Reporter and Producer

Barnstable News:

Congratulations to Barnstable High School Senior Logan Hurwitz who was featured on WCVB's "High Five" segment. This recognition is given to an outstanding student based on several factors including Academics, Athletics, and Community Involvement. Logan's strengths on the volleyball court include serving as Senior Captain. She also boasts A+ grades.

Her Community Involvement was recognized for helping others in the area of mental health and the introduction of The Hope Squad, in its inaugural year, which involves peers helping each other with mental well-being.

View WCVB5 Video and Article


Boston Globe All-Scholastic


By: Courtney Jacobs, Cape Cod Times

Career seasons and more:
Cape Cod Times High School Girls Volleyball All-Scholastic Team

Just like every year, Cape Cod volleyball was represented well again this season. Barnstable (Div. 1) and Bourne (Div. 5) both reached the MIAA State Final game to end their seasons. St. John Paul II made the Elite Eight as the 24th seed as they upset No. 9 Innovation Academy (Round of 32) and No. 8 Easthampton (Round of 16). Dennis-Yarmouth, Nantucket, and Cape Tech made the Sweet Sixteen, while Falmouth, Sandwich, Sturgis West and Mashpee also made the postseason. Here are the players that helped their respective teams be successful this season. Presenting the girls volleyball All-Scholastic 2023 team (listed are Barnstable players).



The senior outside hitter led the Red Hawks in kills with 296 kills (9th in Division 1). Fredo had double digit kills in 19 of her 25 matches.

She was named a Cape and Islands League All-Star, and the Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Association (MAVCA) Player of the Week. She finished her high school career with 556 kills.

“She is an MAVCA All-State player for a reason,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said. “She has an amazing court presence and is productive.”

Her favorite moments from her last high school season were winning the semi-finals in a sweep versus Franklin, playing in the state finals (against Newton North), and beating Newton North (3-2) in the regular season.

Outside of sports, Fredo is a part of programs like Best Buddies, Future Problem Solving, DECA, National Honors Society, and Chinese National Honors Society. Fredo will be going to college with a Biology/Health Science major to become a physician assistant.


As a junior outside hitter, Gleason led the team in digs (261), service points (229) and was third in kills with 192. She recorded her 500th career dig this season and was selected as a Cape and Islands League All-Star.

Her most memorable moments were making it to the Division 1 state finals. beating Newton North in five sets (regular season), sweeping Franklin in the Final Four, and making it to the Division 1 state finals.

When she is not playing volleyball, Gleason also plays varsity basketball, runs track and field, and is a part of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Leadership, and is a youth volleyball coach.


In her final season as a libero, Hurwitz had 518 serve receptions (first on team), 231 digs (second on team), 44 aces and 164 service points. She was selected as a MAVCA All-Tournament Team League All Star. Hurwitz finished her career as a three-year starter and finished with 1,433 career receptions, 678 digs, and 108 aces.

“Logan has been a productive and positive force in Barnstable’s success,” Turoc said. “The All-Tournament was reflective of her awesome performance in the five tournament games.”

Her favorite moment of the season was sweeping Franklin in the semis to make it to states for the first time since 2018. She is involved in Best Buddies, Hope Squad, and DECA. After graduation, she plans to study psychology.


Sullivan ended her senior year as a middle hitter with one of her best seasons. She finished with 206 kills (second on team), 38 blocks (second on team), 61 aces (first on team), and a .259 hitting percentage (first on team) ,, which earned her a Cape and Islands League All-Star spot. She was recognized on the MAVCA All-Tournament team, including her season high 17 kills in the state finals. She finished her high school career with 444 kills, 89 blocks, and 70 aces.

Her most memorable moment was making it to states with her teammates. She is a part of the Cape Cod Ambassadors/Foster Care and a Youth Group. Sullivan has committed to continue her volleyball career at Bridgewater State University next fall, where she will study Early Childhood Education.


Wellbeloved ended her high school career as the State Player League MVP and the C and Islands League Atlantic MVP. The senior setter had 733 assists (second in state) and surpassed the 1,000 assist mark this season. She ended her career with 1,405 career assists.

“She led this team to the state finals for the 21st time. Hard working and productive player,” Turco said.

Her favorite moment was walking onto the court at states with her team and seeing how many fans were there to support Barnstable. Outside of the court, Wellbeloved works and is in the Yearbook Club. After graduation, she is going to school for business in Boston.










Girls All-State Teams: Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Assoc. (





Logan Hurwitz, Charlotte Sullivan, Molly Fredo, Sadie Wellbeloved (League MVP), Molly Gleason, and Dylan Andrews (Honorable Mention)


Varsity - Ashley Walantis, Junior Varsity - Dana Edwards, Freshman - Jordyn Green


November 18, 2023

Cape Cod Times, November 19, 2023
By André Simms, Cape Cod Times; Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

'This team has such incredible heart.'
Barnstable volleyball drops state title game thriller

22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 14-16

Above photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

WORCESTER — If there was ever such a thing as a primetime high school volleyball match, this was it.

In the final game of the 2023 MIAA volleyball season, the No. 2 Barnstable girls volleyball team (21-4), took on the No. 1 seed Newton North (25-1).

The game was set up for greatness from the moment the two reached the final.

There's history between these two programs. The Tigers' only loss of the season was in a five-set match to Barnstable back on Oct. 6th. The two also met in last season's state semi-final, which Newton North won 3-1 en route to the 2022 state title.

Saturday's final was a heavyweight clash, and it certainly lived up to the billing.

The match went five sets, with Newton North coming out on top 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25,16-14). The Tigers were able to land the final blow in what had been a volleyball marathon between the two teams.

Twice the Red Hawks found themselves needing to respond after losing sets, and twice they answered the call. After the match, Barnstable senior Molly Fredo said she couldn't have been prouder of her team's effort.

"This team has such incredible heart," Fredo said. "We just play our hearts out, (and) we don't give up. It's not over until it's over."

That heart is what got them to that decisive fifth set — and within a couple of points of winning it. Newton North held leads in each of the five sets, and in each one, the Red Hawks battled back.

The Red Hawks found their backs against the wall time and time again in this match and refused to give in. After losing the first set, they overcame a 13-10 deficit to win set number two. After the Tigers took set three, the Red Hawks had one set to extend their season.

Barnstable overcame deficits of 10-5, and 17-13, to win the set 25-23.

"We were down every set, and just knowing what they have, knowing what's open on the court, we just played our hearts out and did what we could," Fredo said.

Even in the decisive fifth set, Barnstable refused to quit.

The Tigers were ahead 8-3 when the teams switched sides in the fifth set. Instead of rolling over, the Red Hawks dug deep and responded once again.

They went on a 10-5 run that brought the game level at 13. Head coach Tom Turco said after the match that that's the epitome of the Red Hawks mentality.

"That's who they are. That's the character of the kids," Turco said. "They just didn't quit. They put themselves in a position of tying it up, and unfortunately, we didn't follow through."

The match featured everything a state championship should have: two evenly matched teams, and a ruckus atmosphere to match. The Red Hawks fan base made the trip and made their presence felt throughout the match.

The Red Hawks have felt that support all year long. The Barnstable community has backed them all season, and after the match, Fredo expressed her appreciation.

"The Barnstable volleyball community is just an incredible thing," she said. "They give us the most support. Our fans travel two hours, that just represents how much of a fan base we have. That's just crucial for us to have that support. It means a lot."

The match closes the book on the 2023 Red Hawks volleyball team. The season featured an undefeated league season, a nine-match winning streak and the run to the title game.

Barnstable will graduate a group of highly impactful seniors: setter Sadie Wellbeloved, libero Logan Hurwitz, defensive specialist Ashley Walantis, outside hitter Fredo, middle hitter Charlotte Sullivan, and defensive specialist Scout Johnson.

André Simms covers high school sports for the Times. Contact him at Follow him on X/Twitter: @that1guyandre.


November 15, 2023

25-22, 25-18, 25-22

Barnstable Girls Volleyball Advance to State Championship for 21st Time

Cape Cod Times, November 16, 2023
By Courtney Jacobs

EASTON — When you walk into the gymnasium at Barnstable High School, you see banners hanging up from all the championships won by different sports teams. Eighteen of those banners belong to the girls volleyball team, led by Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame head coach Tom Turco.

All the players on this year's team had one thing in common: none had ever competed in a state championship match, but that's all going to change this weekend.

On Wednesday, the No. 3 Red Hawks defeated No. 10 Franklin 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) in the MIAA Division 1 Final Four to advance to their first state title match since 2018, where they will face off against No. 1 Newton North on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Worcester State University.

This is a Franklin team that knocked Barnstable out of the playoffs in 2021 in the Round of 8.

“It's really important. This is where they wanted to be since day one,” Turco said.

Seniors lead the way

Who better to step up for the Red Hawks than the six senior captains playing in their final season? Each captain played a different role in the playoff victory.

The player of the match may have been middle hitter Charlotte Sullivan. In the second set, she took over with her energy, blocks, kills and anything else the Red Hawks needed. She finished with 12 kills, three aces, and two digs, and had the winning kill in the third set.

“The team got me going. Every single one (teammate) would just come up to me and get me going, and I think that just flipped a switch in my brain to just get my energy going,” Sullivan said.

Libero Logan Hurwitz finished with 11 digs, three aces and 27 receptions, and came up with key plays whenever Barnstable needed a big play.

“I thought Logan passed the heck out of the ball on serve receive,” Turco said. “She really, really played well.”

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved has been setting up her teammates all season and continued to do that with 33 assists, and added five digs.

“I think our defense really came through. We just needed to move our feet and be in the right position every time. That team was very good and could put the ball wherever they wanted to. For us, getting our feet there and getting the ball up really helped,” Wellbeloved said.

Outside and middle hitter Molly Fredo contributed 12 kills, five digs, and two aces, and although not a senior, outside hitter Molly Gleason (junior) chipped in 12 kills, eight digs, and two aces.

This all-around success came from communication on the court.

“It was really loud in here so it was kind of hard to hear each other, but I think that we all work together so well that we know what each other is thinking,” Hurwitz said. “When we’re down, we don’t get down on each other. We just spread positivity and I think that really works for us.”

Newton North vs Barnstable

These two teams know each other very well and there’s a reason for that. When I mentioned earlier that this was Barnstable’s first state championship match since 2018, that was ironically against Newton North, who won 3-1.

The next time the two teams would meet on the hardwood was last year’s state semifinals, where Newton North won 3-1 and stopped Barnstable from a state championship appearance. Newton North went on to win their second championship in four seasons (2020 no playoffs because of COVID).

Fast forward to this season and the two met during the regular season where Barnstable won 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14).

“When we played them at our place, they were relentless, we were relentless. It's the state finals, and I’m looking forward to getting back there,” Turco said.

The Red Hawks (21-3) have swept every single opponent in the playoffs this season, while Newton North (24-1) only has one loss this entire season (to Barnstable), so they will be looking for revenge.

With a state championship on the line, these two teams will leave it all on the court like they did on Oct. 6.

“I think it's going to take a lot of practice and a lot of mental and physical strength, but we just have to fight it out. Whatever the outcome is, we got there (state finals),” Sullivan said.

Contact Courtney Jacobs at Follow him on X/Twitter: @CJ_Journalist.


The Barnstable Red Hawks Volleyball team returns to the State Championship Finals for the 21st time. They will face Newton North. Date and Time TBA.

Logan Hurwitz had 11 digs, 27 receptions, and 3 aces. Molly Gleason had 12 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces. Molly Fredo had 12 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces. Charlotte Sullivan had 12 kills, 3 aces, and 2 digs. Sadie Wellbeloved had 33 assists and 5 digs.

Barnstable is 21-3.

November 11, 2023

25-21, 25-23, 28-26

Boston Globe, November 11, 2023
By AJ Traub Globe Correspondent

Sadie Wellbeloved (22 assists, 7 aces, 5 digs) distributed the ball well, setting up Charlotte Sullivan (12 kills), Molly Fredo (7 kills), Alyssa McDowell (5 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks), and Dylan Andrews (4 kills, 3 blocks) to power the No. 3 Redhawks (20-3) to the 25-21, 25-23, 28-26 quarterfinal win.

“Our defense was on point so I got the passes I needed,” Wellbeloved said.

“All our hitters are so reliable, so I can keep the ball moving pin to pin. Everyone did well, it was everyone today.”

Barnstable (20-3) faced two set points for No. 6 Andover in the third set, but defense by Logan Hurwitz (11 digs, 3 aces) and Molly Gleason (6 digs) helped Barnstable earn the win, with Sullivan and Fredo combining for the winning block. The Red Hawks smacked 11 aces in the victory.

“Our offense is spread out, both outside hitters are productive,” said coach Tom Turco. “Logan in serve-receive played really well tonight. Our service game was pretty much on.”

Cape Cod Times, November 11, 2023
By Courtney Jacobs, Cape Cod Times

Division 1 Round of 8: No. 3 Barnstable 3, No. 6 Andover 0: The Red Hawks (20-3) advance to the Final Four in back-to-back seasons as they swept (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) their third straight opponent of the playoffs. They will face No. 10 Franklin next at a time and date TBD.

Charlotte Sullivan (12 kills, one ace) and Molly Fredo (seven kills) teamed up for the winning double block. Dylan Andres (four kills, three blocks) Sadie Wellbeloved (22 assists, seven aces and five digs), Alyssa McDowell (five kills, two digs, two blocks), Molly Gleason (six digs), and Logan Hurwitz (11 digs and three aces) all contributed in the victory.

Barnstable Red Hawks move to the Final Four in the Division I State Championship Playoffs.

Charlotte Sullivan had 12 kills and 1 ace, Molly Fredo had 7 Kills and Alyssa McDowell had 5 kills, 2 digs, and 2 blocks.

Dylan Andrews had 4 kills and 3 blocks. Molly Gleason had 6 digs. Logan Hurwitz had 11 digs and 3 aces. Sadie Wellbeloved had 22 assists, 7 aces, and 5 digs.

Match winning point was a double block with Charlotte Sullivan and Molly Fredo.

Barnstable is now 20-3 and will play Franklin in the Final Four.


ROUND OF 16 "Sweet Sixteen"
November 8, 2023

25-22, 25-10, 25-11

Cape Cod Times, November 9, 2023
Photos by Merrily Cassidy, Cape Cod Times

Division 1 Round of 16: No. 3 Barnstable 3, No. 14 Acton-Boxborough 0: For the third year in a row, the Red Hawks (19-3) are headed to the Elite Eight after a sweep (25-22, 25-10, 25-11). Molly Fredo led the offense with 18 kills. Charlotte Sullivan (six kills, three blocks), Dylan Andrews (six kills, two blocks), Sadie Wellbeloved (28 assists, one block), Logan Hurwitz (12 digs, two aces), and Molly Gleason (eight digs, three kills) also contributed. They will host No. 6 Andover in the next round.

Boston Globe, November 9, 023

Barnstable 3, Acton-Boxborough 0

Molly Fredo (18 kills), and Sadie Wellbeloved (28 assists, 1 block) were stellar for the third-seeded Red Hawks (19-3) in the second-round win over the No. 14 Revolution (12-7). Barnstable hosts No. 6 Andover in the quarterfinals.

Fredo, Wellbeloved, and Hurwitz lead Barnstable girls volleyball to Sweet Sixteen win

Cape Cod Times, November 9, 2023
Written by André Simms Cape Cod Times

Generally speaking, in volleyball a team can be described one of two ways when on offense. They can either be "in system" or "out of system." Being in system refers to a team getting off a clean first pass, before the setter can seamlessly set up hitter for the kill. There's a rhythm to it. Timing is key, and the more connected a team is, the better the offense can flow. Out of system refers to when that doesn't happen. Say, the initial pass gets misplayed, or the setter gets pulled out of position and someone else has to play the second pass.

Good teams generate offense in system. Great teams can even do so out of system.

The No. 3 Barnstable girls volleyball team showed it can do both in a 3-0 win over No. 14 Acton-Boxborough in the MIAA Division 1 Sweet Sixteen on Wednesday. The Red Hawks got the sweep (25-22, 25-10, 25-11), and in each set showcased an offense that was capable of scoring with dangerous effectiveness.

In System

Whether in serve receive, or when playing defense, the Red Hawks were able to stay in system throughout the match. At the heart of that effort was senior captain and libero Logan Hurwitz. She finished the match with a team high 12 digs, and often was the place the Red Hawks offense initiated.

From there, her pass found the waiting hands of senior captain and setter Sadie Wellbeloved. Wellbeloved, who finished with 28 assists, has been the Red Hawks anchor offensively for years, and earlier this season eclipsed 1,000 career assists.

She acts as the hub, deciding which of the Red Hawks capable hitters will get the chance. She's been one of the best setters in the state for years, and head coach Tom Turco said her mindset sets her apart.

"She has a good, positive way about her," Turco said. "I have not seen her get on a player for a bad pass, she just deals with it, and she deals with it pretty well."

With the importance that the setter position has, it would be easy for Wellbeloved to let her success go to her head. But that's not her style, and she was quick to point out she's just one piece of a collective unit.

"It's my whole team honestly," Wellbeloved said. "I can't play well if I don't get a pass. I can't play well if my hitters aren't on, and this team is very connected. I think everyone in this team contributes to every single point."

She is certainly surrounded by plenty of options when she sets. This season, another senior captain, Molly Fredo, has been her number one target, and Wednesday's win was no exception. Fredo finished with 18 kills, and has been the team's leading killer all year.

It's not just the amount of kills she gets. Fredo plays with an energy and power that translates to her swings, and throughout the match, her emphatic kills had the Barnstable gym fired up. "That's just like the best feeling in the world for me," Fredo said about the gym loudly celebrating.

"That's just what I live for. That's why I play volleyball."

But that's all in system. Out of system was where the Red Hawks set themselves apart in this match. Even when things broke down, the Red Hawks consistently were able to score.

Out of System

It helps having a foundation of players like Hurwitz and Wellbeloved. Both players' ability to make the best out of bad situations enables the rest of the offense to continue to operate at a high level.

But it's not just the two of them. The whole team is capable of performing when things start to get scattered, and Hurwitz said it's been a focus in practice.

"The past week we've basically just been doing drills that are out of system, (and) I think that that definitely paid off," Hurwitz said.

The win means the Red Hawks (19-3) advance to the state quarterfinals, where they'll take on No. 6 Andover. They're now three wins away from a state title, and while there's still work to be done, this team is trying to accomplish a feat not seen in over five years.

It's a reflection of the standard of success for Barnstable volleyball under Turco. After stacking state titles faster than Brady and Belichick were with the Patriots, the Red Hawks have established a culture of winning.

None of this current version of the Red Hawks have hung a banner themselves, and Fredo says seeing the banners from the past has helped drive her desire to add one.

"I walk into this gym every day, every practice, (and) I look at the walls and look at the banners," Fredo said. "It's just such a big accomplishment for Barnstable volleyball, and being able to represent that is such a big deal."

André Simms covers high school sports for the Times. Contact him at Follow him on X/Twitter: @that1guyandre.


Photos above by Cape Cod Times, Merrily Cassidy



November 3, 2023

25-13, 25-12, 25-10

In the MIAA Division Playoffs, Round of 32, the Barnstable Red Hawks got the job done and are moving on to the Round of 16. Charlotte Sullivan had 9 kills and 1 ace. Molly Fredo had 9 kills, 3 digs, and 1 ace. Dylan Andrews had 6 kills. Molly Gleason and Alyssa McDowell had 5 kills each. Sadie Wellbeloved had 33 assists. Logan Hurwitz had 8 digs and 8 aces. Barnstable is 18-3. Barnstable moves to the Sweet 16 and will host Acton-Boxborough on Wednesday, November 8th at 5:00 P.M.





Girls All-State Teams: Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Assoc. (



Cape & Islands All-Stars

Logan Hurwitz, Charlotte Sullivan, Molly Fredo, Sadie Wellbeloved (League MVP), Molly Gleason, and Dylan Andrews (Honorable Mention)


Varsity - Ashley Walantis, Junior Varsity - Dana Edwards, Freshman - Jordyn Green


October 26, 2023

25-23, 25-17, 25-14

Senior Night

On Senior Night, the Barnstable Volleyball Seniors shined. Senior Charlotte Sullivan had 13 kills and 4 digs. Senior Molly Fredo had 8 Kills and 9 digs. Senior Logan Hurwitz had 12 digs. Senior Sadie Wellbeloved had 35 assists and 4 aces. Seniors Ashley Walantis and Scout Johnson had 4 digs each. Juniors Molly Gleason had 5 kills and 1 block, Dylan Andrews had 5 kills and 2 blocks.

Barnstable finishes their regular season at 17-3.

Photos below by @tapetotapephotography


25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21

Boston Globe, October 24, 2023

With seven digs, Logan Hurwitz reached 600 for her career in a nonleague win for the Red Hawks (16-3). Sadie Wellbeloved (40 assists, 9 digs), Molly Fredo (15 kills, 6 digs), Charlotte Sullivan (8 kills, 2 aces), Molly Gleason (13 digs, 8 kills) and Alyssa McDowell (8 kills, 3 blocks) contributed for Barnstable.

Barnstable will close out the regular season on Thursday at home vs North Quincy on Senior Night.


October 23, 2023

25-21, 25-22, 25-15

Barnstable ended their Cape and Islands League play with an 8-0 record. Overall they are 15-3. In the match, Molly Fredo had 13 Kills and Dylan Andres had 5 Kills and 2 Blocks. Charlotte Sullivan had 4 kills and 3 aces. Molly Gleason had 7 Digs, 3 Aces, and 3 Kills. Sadie Wellbeloved had 25 Assists.


Boston Globe

This trend-setting trio is why Newton North, Barnstable and Needham are atop the girls’ volleyball rankings as title contenders

By AJ Traub Globe Correspondent,Updated October 19, 2023

Setters have vital roles on a volleyball team. Involved in almost every play, they represent the heart of the court, the connection between defense and offense, running the point.

For Newton North, Barnstable, and Needham, the top three teams in this week’s Globe Top 20 girls’ volleyball poll, their setters have had different paths leading to where they are now, shaping the identity of their teams.

Sasha Selivan, a freshman at No. 1 Newton North (16-1), has years of experience playing both indoor and beach volleyball. She sees her future in the indoor game, but playing beach, including training with the national beach volleyball team, has given her opportunities to broaden her skills.

“[Beach] definitely helps me be faster on the court, to be able to adjust to certain sets so I could have enough of a vertical to swing over the net and have it be an effective hit,” she said. “It helps my stamina, I don’t get tired running down balls or jumping every point.”

The 5-foot-9-inch freshman is a strong hitter, but her vision and ability to jump set make her a force. Selivan can catch a defense off guard, jump-setting a short ball to a nearby hitter or sending the ball over herself.

The Tigers graduated Globe All-Scholastic hitter Abigail Wright from last year’s Division 1 championship team. Selivan’s elite skills and versatility are a major reason Newton North is still a top contender. “Sasha is special. She’s a really special player,” said Newton North coach Nile Fox. “She’s been training, playing at the highest level. We’re not the biggest team or the tallest team, so we try to go fast. She’s really good with it.”

‘Not only is she a really great setter, but she’s a great leader on the court as well.’ Barnstable girls' volleyball coach Tom Turco, on senior setter Sadie Wellbeloved.

She started at the junior varsity level in eighth grade, working with coaches and predecessor Laura Cogswell to be ready to start as the varsity setter last fall.

Her longevity in the program and constant communication with her teammates have fostered a fast-paced passing game. The 5-foot-8 senior spreads the ball around and makes passes across the net, even out of system, utilizing the team’s hitting depth.

“The adrenaline really kicks in and helps me with that, those long sets, everyone’s tired,” Wellbeloved said. “Making a great play really helps me keep going and helps the whole team. Keeping up, staying fast and ready.”

Longtime Barnstable coach Tom Turco trusts Wellbeloved implicitly to direct the offense, sometimes taking a backseat at practice to let her run the unit.

“I just like the demeanor she has on the court,” said Turco, who recently earned his 750th career win. “Never shows any frustration, and not only is she a really great setter but she’s a great leader on the court as well. She’s just a worker.”

The Red Hawks have been dominant in October. Barnstable’s win over Newton North was part of a nine-game win streak, which was a response to a sweep by Needham, a statement win for the Rockets (12-3), who unlike the others, do not start a natural setter.

In searching to fill that crucial role in 2021, Needham coach Courtney Todesco noted that incoming freshman Lizzie Tam had great passing skills.

“Lizzie naturally had good hands,” Todesco said. “This is a kid who moves well, reads well, understands the game . . . where the matchups are with the blocker, the flow of the game. Her knowledge of the game coupled with natural talent.”

The 5-foot-6 sophomore, also the aces leader on a strong serving team, draws from her back row experience as a passer.

“As a [defensive specialist/libero], you have to have good control and placement,” she said. “I think that helped me place the ball as a setter.”

In this case, a setter’s best friend is also her sister. Sam Tam, a three-time Globe All-Scholasic hitter, is an offensive weapon, and the chemistry between the two helps them find each other on the court.

“It’s a lot of fun having that sister bond on and off the court,” said the 5-foot-11 senior. “It’s been fun having that translate onto the court as well and I think that’s made us closer because we have a lot more to talk about now.”

In close competition for the Division 1 title, it could come down to the setters to determine who comes out on top. “They have to balance the attack to get points, but they also have to sense a hot hitter and they have to be able to read defense and block,” said Turco.

“They have to understand what type of defenses teams are playing and if there’s particular attacks that can get the job done.

“Just the fact that they’re involved in every single play makes all setters’ role just incredible.”

Their 10-6 record isn’t eye-catching, but a young Brookline team has been surging and the Warriors know on their best day, they can beat just about anyone. A month ago, they delivered Needham its first loss (four sets), and in the past week they came away with five-set wins over No. 14 Weston and No. 10 Natick.

“I’ve known that these players can amount to this,” said Brookline coach Caitlin Sobolewski. “[It’s] getting them to the level where they can believe it.”

Eight underclassmen receive playing time for the No. 13 Warriors, including sophomore Emilie Ferdinand and freshman Noga Naveh, who rank as the top two on the team in kills, and sophomore libero Bella Bacon, who leads in digs and receptions.

“They’re really gaining confidence and growing into their roles and expectations I set for them at the beginning of the season,” Sobolewski said.

Prior to the season, the question was if Franklin or Attleboro would be the best in the Hockomock. Then Canton beat every team in the league.

The No. 4 Bulldogs (16-0) don’t have stars from the top club teams, but their inseparable bond has paid off. Led by senior hitter Jess Wright and sophomore setter Erin Bigham, they’ve only dropped four sets all season. “We’re really trying to enjoy it because it doesn’t happen to us,” Canton coach Pat Cawley said.

“We’re a blue-collar team. The kids are working hard. It’s a great team personality-wise.”


October 19, 2023

22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-25

Cape Cod Times, 10/20/23, Courtney Jacobs

The Barnstable Red Hawks (14-3) nine-match win streak was snapped as Bishop Feehan won in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15).

The Red Hawks offense was led by Molly Fredo (nine kills), Molly Gleason (seven kills), Dylan Andrews (five kills), and Charlotte Sullivan (five kills). Sadie Wellbeloved finished with 28 assists, five digs, and four kills, while Logan Hurwitz chipped in 12 digs.


October 18, 2023

25-8, 25-8, 25-14

Barnstable earns the Cape and Islands League Championship

The Barnstable Red Hawks defeated Nauset 25-8, 25-8, and 25-14.

Charlotte Sullivan had 9 aces and 5 kills. Molly Fredo had 5 kills. Ayla Camelo had 4 kills and 3 digs. Molly Gleason had 4 kills; Bella Magalhaes had 4 kills. Teagan Geraghty and Logan Hurwitz had 4 digs. Sadie Wellbeloved had 15 assists; Nicky Murphy had 9 assists.

Barnstable is 14-2 and 7-0 in the Cape and Islands League. This win tonight earned Barnstable the Cape and Islands League Championship.


October 16, 2023

25-15, 25-15, 25-18

The Barnstable Red Hawks defeated Winchester 3-0 at home.

Charlotte Sullivan had 10 kills. Molly Fredo had 9 kills. Molly Gleason had 5 kills and 8 digs. Dylan Andrews had 5 kills and 4 blocks. Sadie Wellbeloved had 29 assists, 7 digs, and 2 aces. Logan Hurwitz had a game high with 14 digs. Teagan Geraghty had 3 aces. Barnstable Volleyball is now 13-2.


The Boston Globe
HS GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: PLAYERS OF THE WEEK EMass girls’ volleyball: Barnstable’s Sadie Wellbeloved and Scituate’s Sumner Harris headline Players of the Week

By AJ Traub Globe Correspondent,Updated October 12, 2023, 1:38 p.m.

Sadie Wellbeloved, Barnstable -- Another senior setter to reach the millennium mark, Wellbeloved earned 36 assists as the Red Hawks took down top-ranked Newton North in five sets, adding another 31 in a sweep of Dracut.


October 12, 2023

25-18, 25-18, 25-19

Molly Gleason had 18 Kills, 9 Digs, and 2 Aces. Molly Fredo had 14 Kills and Charlotte Sullivan had 5 Kills and 2 Aces. Sadie Wellbeloved had 33 Assists. Logan Hurwitz had a game high with 12 Digs. Ashley Walantis had 5 Digs and Scout Johnson had 5 digs.

Barnstable is 12-2 and will host Winchester on Monday.

October 11, 2023

25-11, 25-8, 25-12

Falmouth held this match in honor of Mental Health.

Molly Fredo had 11 Kills. Charlotte Sullivan had 9 Kills and 6 Aces. Molly Gleason had 7 Kills, 7 Aces, and 6 Digs. Alyssa McDowell had 7 Kills. Logan Hurwitz had 5 Digs. Sadie Wellbeloved had 31 Assists and 5 Digs.

Barnstable is 11-2 and, in the Cape & Islands League, 6-0.

Barnstable plays at Lincoln Sudbury Thursday, 10/12.


Cape Cod Times
October 10, 2023



Congratulations to Barnstable -- FIRST WAVE, SILVER BRACKET RUNNER-UP


October 6, 2023

25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14

Boston Globe,October 6
Story by AJ Traub

Notching her 1,000th assist, Sadie Wellbeloved helped Barnstable topple No. 1 Newton North in a dramatic five-set thriller

Sadie Wellbeloved dished 36 assists to pass the 1,000 mark for her career, adding nine digs, two kills, and an ace as No. 5 Barnstable toppled previously undefeated and top-ranked Newton North, 3-2, winning 16-14 in the fifth set.

“When our offense was clicking, that definitely helped us,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “Sadie was running around, she gets every ball. We made really good defensive stops when we had to.”

Junior Molly Gleason stepped up with 16 kills and 15 digs, adding the winning kill as Barnstable (10-2) rallied from down 12-10 in the final frame.

Seniors Molly Fredo (13 kills, 5 digs), Logan Hurwitz (20 digs, 1 ace), and Charlotte Sullivan (8 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks) were crucial to the winning effort.

“It was a great high school match by all accounts. There was no guarantee either team was going to win,” Turco said. “This was a great win for the program, and it was a regular-season game.”

Cape Cod Times, October 6
Story by André Simms

With 36 assists in Barnstable girls volleyball's five set win over Newton North (25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14), setter Sadie Wellbeloved eclipsed 1,000 career assists.

In addition to the 36 assists, she tallied nine digs, two aces and two blocks. In the decisive fifth set, Barnstable's Jazzy Coyer had an ace to put the Red Hawks up 15-14. The Red Hawks would take the next point to win the match.

Molly Gleason led the way with 17 kills, to go along with 15 digs, while Molly Fredo added 13 kills. Charlotte Sullivan eight kills, four digs, two aces, and two blocks, Logan Hurwitz led the defensive effort with 20 digs and added two aces. The win takes the Red Hawks to 10-2.


Sadie Wellbeloved had 36 assists and passed the 1000 mark.

Sadie Wellbeloved had 36 assists, 9 digs, 2 aces, and 2 blocks. Logan Hurwitz had 20 digs and 2 aces. Molly Gleason had 17 kills and 15 digs. Molly Fredo had 13 kills and 5 digs. Charlotte Sullivan had 8 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces, and 2 blocks. Dylan Andrews had 4 kills and 2 blocks. Jazzy Coyer had an ace in the final game to make it 15-14.

Barnstable improves to 10-2; Newton North is 11-1

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October 4, 2023

27-25, 25-10, 25-20

Barnstable came back from a 17-23 deficit in the first set with 4 kills by Molly Fredo and 1 apiece by Charlotte Sullivan and Dana Andrews.

Charlotte Sullivan had 11 kills, 5 aces, and 2 blocks. Molly Fredo had 9 kills and 3 digs. Molly Gleason had 12 kills and 11 digs. Dylan Andrews had 5 kills and 2 blocks. Logan Hurwitz had 5 digs and Ashley Walantis had 4 digs. Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 37 assists and is 9 assists away from the 1,000 mark.

Barnstable plays defending State Champion Newton North at home Friday.

Barnstable is 9-2 and 5-0 League; Dennis Yarmouth is 7-5 and 3-2 League.


October 2, 2023

25-12, 25-14, 25-10

Barnstable was led by Molly Fredo with11 kills. Ayla Camelo and Molly Gleason had 4 kills each. Charlotte Sullivan had 4 kills and 4 aces. Sadie Wellbeloved had 18 assists and Nicky Murphy had 8 assists.

Barnstable is 8-2 and 4-0 in Cape and Islands League. Nauset is 2-8.

Todays win was Coach Turco’s 750 career win, bringing his current record to 750-79.


Boston Herald
By TYLER MCMANUS | September 14, 2023

Girls volleyball preview: Newton North will be challenged to repeat as Div. 1 champions

After piecing together a 24-1 Div. 1 state title-winning season, Newton North will look to overcome strong opposition and defend its crown.

The Tigers retain two Bay State Conference All-Stars in outside hitter Chloe Lee and libero Alexa Marucci. Kaitlin Simmons will step back in as the setter, with Jojo Wang and Briana Milliken blocking from the middle.

In the Dual County League, All-Stars Emma Agne and Joyce Li are back for semifinalist Lincoln-Sudbury. Abby Venis is a middle hitter, while Maddie Gulko slots in as a libero. Newton South will feature All-Stars Anna Julia Silva and Stephanie Saloum.

Needham will lean on two-time All-Scholastic outside hitter Samatha Tam (257 kills in 2022). Bay State Conference All-Star Izzy Streeper is back as the libero, and Lizzie Tam will do the setting.

Molly Fredo and Molly Gleason are the outside hitters for Barnstable, while fellow Cape and Islands League All-Stars Logan Hurwitz and Sadie Wellbeloved take up the libero and setter positions.

All-Scholastic outside hitter Taylor Lacerda led Franklin in kills (195), digs (198) and aces (43) a season ago. Hockomock All-Star Makayla Kuykendall rejoins her on the outside, and Sasha Tracy is the setter.

Sadie Whitmarsh and Julia Mondello will shoulder the defensive duties for Attleboro, while Julia Leonardo and Addie Shelton hit from the outside.

Andover will be captained by Adrie Waldinger and Erin Workman. Jessie Wang will partner with Waldinger on the outside.

Merrimack Valley All-Star middle hitter Sydney Chalupa retakes the court for Methuen. Ashley Bowden will also play in the middle, while Ava Duffy and Elizabeth Descheneaux will hit from the outside.

Middlesex League All-Stars Gabi Williams (middle hitter) and Margo Kaduson (libero) are back for Winchester. Kaavya Kumaran and Grace Zhou and Helen Zhou are outside hitters, and Bridget Martin will hit from the right side.

Shea Mellman, Kate O’Neil and Ryann O’Sullivan are the senior captains for Div. 2 runner-up King Philip.

Outside hitter Sarah Hilliard and libero Rachel Fleischman will lead the way for Oliver Ames. Claire O’Rourke will play as an outside hitter and defensive specialist, with Addyson Smock in the middle.

Middlesex League All-Star Sadie Jaggers (outside hitter), Grace Gentile (libero) and Leah Fowke (setter) will be the captains for state semifinalist Melrose.

Haley Jenkins and Adeline Ablett are the middle hitters for Dartmouth. Brooke Davis will cover the outside, with Olivia Arruda as a defensive specialist and Gaby Velasquez at libero.

North Quincy and Duxbury will be tough teams to beat in the Patriot League. Middle hitter Ava Bryan and setter Elle Blahut lead the Raiders. All-Star Schuyler Cerow is back for the Dragons.

Hannah Layden and Katherine Sanel hit from the middle for Westwood, and Ainsley Buscone and Raha Favakeh are defensive specialists/liberos.

Div. 3 champion Tewksbury returns eight players, including All-Star libero Ava Fernandes.

All-Stars Ellen Swanson (outside hitter) and Vivian Castano (setter) are back for Dennis-Yarmouth. Meghan Burlingame, Mariah Eaton, Ryann Johnson and Irelynn Shenk also return.

Old Rochester maintains a multitude of players. Aubrie Letourneau and Rylee Kouta will do the setting.

Seniors Audrey Loughran and Marla Olsen are expected to make noise for Newburyport.

Norton will be captained by Faith Holloway, Helen Russell and Gabby Graham. Amanda Calhoun will fill the middle, with Molly Carter as the setter.

Tess O’Flynn, Ella Stein and Sophie DeGrappo are the captains for Div. 4 champion Ipswich. Middle hitter Addison Pillis and outside hitter Claire Butzleta are the other key returners.

Lynnfield is anticipating a big year from junior outside hitters Chase Carangelo and Erika Pasquale. Middle hitters Grace D’Augusta and Livia Tare return to the floor as well.

All-Scholastic outside hitter Hannah Storm will set the tone for Case. Third-year starter Ava Silva is in the middle, with Jayna Surrell taking over the setter role for the Cardinals.

Setter Katya Marchant and libero Jessica Shen are the Weston seniors from its Final Four roster.

Ursuline has three players to watch in Ekene Okoye, Carly Tarantola and Bridgette Afonso.

Nantucket has Cape and Islands MVP Chloe Marrero, All-Star Vicki Todorova and seven others returning.

In the Div. 5 field, West Bridgewater will be led by setter duo Brooke Robichaud and Ava Harkins. Jenella Jacobs is back as a middle hitter.


September 28, 2023

25-22, 25-15, 25-18



The Barnstable Red Hawks played well on Alumni Appreciation Night in a hard fought match against Dartmouth and won 3-0.

The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 14 kills. Molly Gleason had 11 kills, 8 digs, and 3 aces. Charlotte Sullivan had 6 kills and 2 blocks. Sadie Wellbeloved had 32 assists. Logan Hurwitz had 9 digs.

Barnstable is 7-2, Dartmouth is 5-3.


September 25, 2023

25-9, 25-17, 25-15

It was Dig Yellow Night in honor of Olivia Brodt ‘16 and Childhood Cancer Awareness.


The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 12 kills. Charlotte Sullivan had 6 kills and Molly Gleason with 8 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces. Sadie Wellbeloved had 24 assists.

Barnstable wins the Cape and Islands matchup and is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Cape & Islands League.

Barnstable hosts Dartmouth for Alumni Night on Thursday.


September 22, 2023

21-25, 21-25, 17-25

In the match, Molly Fredo had 13 kills and Sadie Wellbeloved had 26 assists. Logan Hurwitz had digs.

Barnstable is now 5-2, Needham 5-1.

Barnstable plays its annual Dig Yellow match on Monday against Falmouth.


September 20, 2023

25-10, 25-15, 25-17

Barnstable goes 2-0 in the Cape and Islands League.

Sadie Wellbeloved had 26 assists. Charlotte Sullivan had 11 kills, Molly Gleason 7 kills, 3 aces, and 4 digs. Molly Fredo and Dylan Andrews had 6 kills each and Logan Hurwitz had 6 digs and 16 Service points.

Barnstable is 5-1 and 2-0 (Cape and Islands League). Nantucket is 5-2 and 2-1 (Cape and Islands League).

Barnstable plays at Needham on Friday.


By Courtney Jacobs, September 19, 2023

Barnstable girls volleyball seniors and HOF coach Turco have Red Hawks flying high

YARMOUTH — Over the past decade, the Barnstable girls volleyball team has been the best team, not only on Cape Cod but possibly in the state.

Led by Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame head coach Tom Turco (2004 inductee), the Red Hawks have been to the Div. 1 state semifinals every season since 2013 except once (lost in Round of 8 in 2021), and have three championships over that span.

On Monday, Barnstable beat a Dennis-Yarmouth team that has been to the Div. 3 state finals the last two seasons.

After the 3-1 (25-19, 25-13, 16-25, 25-23) victory over D-Y, the Red Hawks are now 4-1. The only loss of the season was to the Div. 2 state champs Westboro, who have one loss (2021 Div. 3 state championship match) over the last three seasons.

The Red Hawks are looking to get back in the state championship match this season for the first time since 2018.

“We have six seniors (all captains) so we have a lot of experience and return a lot of players,” Turco said.

One of those experienced players is senior setter Sadie Wellbeloved, who finished the match against D-Y with 32 assists (157 on the season). She said teamwork has been the key to their success so far.

“It starts with communication, and celebrating every point. Being there for your teammates when they make a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, it's not a bad thing,” Wellbeloved said.

That sportsmanship was evident on Monday, not only with the players on the court, but also on the sidelines. The Red Hawks on the bench had different team celebrations they did to support their teammates after big plays.

“We just celebrate everything and every point,” junior outside hitter Molly Gleason said.

Red Hawks Keep Flying

The Red Hawks won 3-1, but it was not an easy win. After they led the match 2-0, the Dolphins came back and won the third set. In the fourth set, it went back and forth with each team taking the lead and then losing it.

It came down to the end with the Red Hawks leading 24-23 and it was the Dolphins turn to serve. As the ball went in the air on the serve, it hit the net and ended the match.

“On a day like today, winning the first two handily, and then not playing great in the third set, and then playing back and forth in the fourth set, but they gutted it out. They did the things they needed to do, and we got to celebrate our victories,” Turco said.

Although they were on the edge of a winner-take-all fifth set, the Red Hawks never wavered.

“We fight for everything, so it's the next play mentality. We are always looking for the next point, the next opportunity to get the ball back, and I think that really feeds in our mindset when we’re back and forth in those sets,” Gleason said.

What’s Next for the Red Hawks?

After a four-match road trip, the Red Hawks will host their first home match since the first match of the season. They will take on a red hot Nantucket team who have won five in a row. The Whalers also have a MAVCA Hall of Fame head coach in Andrew Viselli, so this will be a good matchup as these two teams face off for the first time this decade


September 18, 2023

25-19, 25-13, 16-25, 25-23

Barnstable picked up a big Cape and Islands League win with a 3-1 victory over Dennis-Yarmouth. Molly Gleason had a strong overall match with 7 kills, 9 digs, and 6 aces. Molly Fredo had a match high 10 kills and Charlotte Sullivan chipped in with 7 kills along with 5 kills from Dylan Andrews. Senior setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished the match with 32 assists.

Barnstable returns to league play when they host Nantucket at 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

Barnstable is 4-1, Dennis-Yarmouth is 2-3.


September 14, 2023

27-25, 16-25, 16-25, 25-22, 9-15

Molly Gleason stood out in a hard fought 5 set loss against Westborough with 11 kills, 14 digs and and 1 ace. Molly Fredo and Charlotte Sullivan had 14 and 13 kills respectively. Setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished the night with a season high 40 assists. Barnstable is 3-1 and Westborough is 3-0.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK 9/4-9/10/2023

Congratulations to Barnstable Volleyball's Senior Outside Hitter for being recognized by MaxPreps/AVCA as the Massachusetts Player of the Week!
Barnstable High School (Hyannis, MA) 3-0
Senior, Outside Hitter
Week of September 4 - 10, 2023: 6 Games Played


Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 3.67
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Receptions: 1
Receptions/Game: 0.17
Blocks: 1


September 9, 2023

26-24, 25-11, 20-25, 25-12

Barnstable moves to 3-0, Billerica 0-1. The offense was led by Senior Molly Fredo with 16 kills, Junior Molly Gleason had 8 kills and 7 Aces and Senior Charlotte Sullivan added 6 kills. Senior setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 34 assists. Senior Libero Logan Hurwitz had 14 digs. With the score 17-12, Junior Teagan Geraghty served 8 straight points including 4 aces to end the match!

Barnstable plays at Westborough on Thursday this week.

September 6, 2023

25-15, 25-11, 25-17

The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 10 kills, Molly Gleason 6 kills, and Charlotte Sullivan 6 kills. Senior Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 24 assists. The defense was led by Logan Hurwitz with 8 digs. Barnstable is 2-0; Notre Dame is 0-1. Barnstable travels to Billerica on Saturday.

September 4, 2023

25-7, 25-10, 25-9

Seniors Molly Fredo (13 kills) and Sadie Wellbeloved (27 assists) led the host Red Hawks (1-0) to a season-opening victory. Senior Charlotte Sulivan and junior Molly Gleason notched seven kills apiece, and senior Logan Hurwitz added nine digs.


Saturday, September 2, 2023
18 Teams Participating


August 17, 2023


July 2023
American Volleyball Coaches Association

Congratulations to Barnstable High School Girls Volleyball Team
2023 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award
GPA 4.21

View AVCA Press Release

View List of Teams Receiving Award


July 2023
Bay State Games

Congratulations to our Barnstable girls Logan, Molly & Sadie and Team Coastal for their Bay States Silver finish.