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National honor for Barnstable's Turco

Barnstable coach Tom Turco has been named a National High School Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Weeks after his Barnstable High School girls volleyball team won its sixth consecutive state championship, coach Tom Turco has been named a National High School Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Coach of the Year. Singular. But that’s hardly how Turco sees it.

“You receive an award like that, it’s definitely a humbling experience, and you tend to reflect on all the hard work and all the commitment and dedication that got you there,” said Turco, who has a 467-46 overall record in 21 years at the Red Raiders’ helm.

“It’s interesting. The credit goes to the players. They’re the ones that year after year put themselves on the line and have to get the job done. I’ve never seen a coach get up and serve a ball or set a ball or hit a ball. It’s all done by their players.”

Turco and Mercy (Ky.) Academy’s Todd Garvey will coach at the All-America High School Volleyball Match and Skills Competition on Sunday, Dec. 21, in Omaha, Neb. Barnstable middle hitter Stephanie Bristol will play for Turco’s squad, “Team Red.”

The longtime coach has led the Raiders to 12 Division 1 state titles in the last 16 years. His teams won 110 consecutive matches from 2003-07, and have claimed 14 straight South Sectional championships.

“I just think (the award is) a reflection of the program and what we’ve been able to accomplish over the years,” Turco said.

“I don’t look at it as an individual award. I look at it as something that is shared with all the great players; players who have believed in the team system and team concept.

“They believed they could achieve in the sport if they embraced the teamwork approach. It’s an award that is reflective of the dedicated and really good assistant coaches I’ve had.”

Among those former and current assistants are Tim Acton (now the head coach at Bourne High), Brian Cattabriga, Mickey Cahoon (now the head coach at Clark University) and Marylou Martin.

The Raiders swept Lincoln-Sudbury on Nov. 14 to claim their latest MIAA crown. Bristol had 15 kills, three blocks and 14 service points in the match.

Turco said last night the star senior has not yet committed to a college.

Garvey, the other coach of the year recipient, has been the head coach at Mercy Academy for two years after spending six seasons assisting his father, Ken Garvey. Todd Garvey’s overall record is 78-5, including a 40-1 mark on the way to a state championship this year.

Garvey will coach “Team Black” at the Qwest Center on Dec. 21. His setter will be Mercy Academy’s Casey Garvey – his sister.

The awards will be formally presented at the AVCA’s Coaches Honors Luncheon in Omaha on Thursday, Dec. 18.

The All-America match will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30.

American Volleyball Coaches Association Announcement

Barnstable Patriot, November 21, 2008

Barnstable does it again!
Written by Kathleen Szmit

Turco’s team wins sixth straight state title

photo courtesy of Julia Zangl Colby

STATE CHAMPS – Again! The BHS girls varsity volleyball team shows of their medals and trophy (and head coaches’ rings) after winning their sixth straight state championship title on Nov. 15. Team members include Maribeth Martin, Jackie Friel, Lilly Lowe, Michelle Begley, Stephanie Tuepker, Stephanie Bristol, Alison Klotz, Nora Wood, Melanie Appleman, Nicole Horvath, Ashley Weik, Devon Bentivegna, Sarah Colby Aine Cole, Nikki Deluga and Carolyn Morin, with head coach Tom Turco and assistant coaches Marylou Martin and Peter Gardner.

The Barnstable High School girls varsity volleyball team has been referred to as a dynasty, with various New England newspapers calling them “unstoppable” and “legendary.”

On Nov. 15 the 2008 team continued earning accolades when it defeated Lincoln-Sudbury 3-0 to claim its sixth consecutive MIAA Div. 1 State Championship.

The Boston Globe called Barnstable’s victory “as inevitable as death and taxes.” (, Nov. 16).

Head coach Tom Turco called it “exciting,” and the team just thought it was “awesome.” “I feel like it hasn’t sunk in totally,” said senior Nora Wood, a three-year member of the team.

While the faces change, the feelings are the same for every player on the team. Turco said that every girl who has played BHS varsity volleyball has had one goal in mind: winning.

“This is a program. There’s a difference between a season and a program,” said Turco. “Work ethic expectations, teamwork expectations are the same and always have been year after year.”

That work ethic was apparent on the court at Hudson High on Saturday when the Raiders faced the Warriors for the season’s final prize.

Uncharacteristically, Barnstable fell behind in game 1, with the Warriors taking a 10-7 lead, albeit briefly. Then Barnstable went on an 8-1 tear, wresting control from L-S, with Wood earning the game’s winning point on a beautiful kill that landed in open space between Warrior lines.

Lincoln-Sudbury edged past Barnstable again in the second game, 10-7, but was only able to land nine more points as the Raiders took game 2 with a score of 25-16.

Fully on a roll, Barnstable took full command of game 3, with senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol leading the Raiders to victory on an 11-0 scoring run.

When a final Warrior serve fell short, clinching the final point for Barnstable and cementing the win, Bristol found herself at the bottom of an impromptu pig-pile as the team erupted into celebration.

When asked if winning ever gets old, Bristol, co-captain Alison Klotz, and Wood emphatically replied in unison, “No!”

Working in unison is a key aspect to the team’s success, said the girls. “My favorite thing is the team,” said Bristol. “I’m best friends with everyone. We get along really well.”

“Everyone’s really dedicated to working toward the same goal,” said Klotz. That includes those who might not see court time. “Everybody wants to feel significant,” said Turco. “It’s important that players understand that they play a significant role whether they get on the court or not.”

Turco said that in practices it’s often those who don’t see court time who are instrumental in building the skills of those on the court scoring the winning points.

One way the team comes together other than practicing is by working to draft a season “covenant,” or a set of goals the team wants to reach in a season. “The whole emphasis throughout the entire season, then, is that these are their goals,” said Turco, who stressed that it is the team that creates the goals, which he feels gives them a greater sense of commitment.

Another important part of the team’s success is their reading of former Lakers coach Pat Riley’s book The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players. During the season, seniors take turns leading discussions about sections in the book. “It teaches each of us how to be a team player,” said Wood. “It gives us things to do to succeed,” said Bristol. “And learn how to deal with whatever comes our way.”

For Bristol that means traveling to Omaha, Neb. on Dec. 21 to play in the inaugural Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match and Skills Competition. Bristol was chosen for the honor when she was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association First-Team All-American recently.

For a team that’s traveled to California and Chicago, as well as various Massachusetts and New England venues, it means celebrating their accomplishments. “All of those were milestones in our program and in our season,” said Klotz.

With seven seniors departing from the team, Turco is now keeping an eye on up-and-coming players. He remains surprised at how truly excited many girls are about making the team.

“With 250 girls at rec. volleyball from third to eighth grade, who knows,” said Turco. “Maybe it is a dream for some.”

After all, there’s still that seventh state title to be won.

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Barnstable vs. Lincoln-Sudbury

In what has become a familiar sight over the years, the Barnstable volleyball team hoists the Division 1 state championship trophy in Hudson on Saturday night.
RON SCHLOERB/ Cape Cod Times

HUDSON – The red-splashed crowd stood and cheered the inevitable, just as it had so many times before.

Then match point fell, and the players celebrated wildly, just as they had so many times before.

For the Barnstable High School girls volleyball team, winning Division 1 state championships never changes. And it’s never the same.

“I think every single one is special in its own way, but it’s great to win,” senior co-captain Alison Klotz said after the Red Raiders downed Lincoln-Sudbury 25-19, 25-16, 25-10 last night to claim their sixth straight title and 12th in 16 years.

“It’s a different group of people you’re winning with every year, so you get to celebrate with more and more people.”

Under the direction of 21-year coach Tom Turco, that list keeps growing and growing. Barnstable has become a volleyball juggernaut unlike any other in the state, cleaning up year after year, paying little mind to injury or graduation.

The roster changes. The result? Not these days.

“They’re all different,” said senior star Stephanie Bristol, who said she has not decided on a college. “This year is my senior year, so this one means a lot. Every year they’re different: different team, different players. They’re all different.”

Like always, last night was a challenge. Barnstable (22-1) faced an opponent clearly neither helpless nor glory-bound. Lincoln-Sudbury (23-2) led in each game, and certainly had its moments; spurts of feistiness tough enough to topple most any Div. 1 team in the state.
Barnstable broke the Warriors’ back with late rallies in each game.

The Raiders trailed 11-10 in the first game before senior Lilly Lowe served five straight points, giving them a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

L-S was strong in the middle of the second game, too, taking a 10-9 lead. But Barnstable was soon ahead 17-11 on the way to victory.

In the clincher, Bristol began serving with her team up 9-5 and didn’t stop until the Raiders had an insurmountable 19-5 cushion.

“She made the serves, but the defense sustained the drives,” Turco said. “The defense sustained the play. It’s hard when the bomb a couple balls and tip a ball, and these kids are going to the floor. That kind of takes the wind out of you a little bit. If there was one way they were going to be successful, it was on the defensive floor.”

One Raider never got to that side of the ball, making only the briefest of appearances. But Stephanie Tuepker smiled just as brightly as any of her Barnstable teammates afterward.

Tuepker tore three ligaments in her knee playing summer volleyball in July. She had surgery in August and was subbed in for a single serve late last night to chants of “We want Tuepker!”

It didn’t go far, but that was hardly the point.

“It means a lot,” said Tuepker, who won her second state title. “I did mess up, but it’s all good. I just really enjoy that Coach Turco puts me in. Everyone treats me like I’m still part of the team. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Surely, none of the Raiders – so different every year – would argue.

“I think that the team has definitely changed,” said Klotz, who played her final game for Barnstable along with fellow seniors Lowe, Tuepker, Bristol, Michelle Begley, Jackie Friel and Nora Wood.

“We’ve had to shift a lot of players from different positions, put new people in because of injuries, like Steph Tuepker hurt her knee.
“But I think every school year we come out just as strong, and we know we can be a dominating force if we all work together.”

Watch scenes from the game on YouTube
Boston Globe
By Jeff Schaible, Globe Correspondent

Barnstable - again

HUDSON - As inevitable as death and taxes, come the second week of November, the Barnstable girls' volleyball team hoists the MIAA Division 1 state championship trophy.

For the sixth consecutive season and for the 12th time in 16 years, the Red Raiders (21-1) asserted themselves as the Bay State's premier D1 program.

Last night, Barnstable beat Lincoln-Sudbury, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-10), for the Massachusetts's crown at Hudson High School.

"Obviously, this is the end goal - winning championships," said coach Tom Turco, who has amassed 465 wins (to just 46 losses) since taking the helm in 1988.

"These girls really amaze me," he said. "Their intensity, their demeanor . . . is the same every game, every practice. No matter who the opponent is or what we're playing for, they play their game."

Barnstable trailed early, 10-7, in Game 1 before finding its stride. The Raiders went on an 8-1 run to seize control. Senior Nora Wood closed the win with a smash between the Warriors' front and back lines.

Game 2 started similarly. L-S led, 10-7, but managed just 6 more points.

With momentum firmly in hand and another championship in sight, the Raiders turned the third game into a rout. With Stephanie Bristol serving, Barnstable went on an 11-0 run and coasted to victory.

Bristol, who netted her 1,000th career kill in the state semifinals earlier this week, had a game-high 15 kills. Wood and Alison Klotz added seven each. Lilly Lowe had three aces.

"This is exactly how I would have scripted it," said Bristol. "We want to win a championship every year but, of course, it means more as a senior."

Said Turco: "There is nothing more satisfying as a coach than seeing seniors graduate with a smile on their face. It's why I do it. I'm so proud. They reached the goals they set; they set them, not me."

Lincoln-Sudbury, the Division 1 Central/West champion, finished 23-2. Ashley Norley, a senior captain and three-year starter, had eight kills and six digs for the Warriors.

"I'm not disappointed," said Warrior coach Judy Katalina. "How many teams get to say they went to the state finals? They didn't play their best but they never got down. They never quit. I couldn't be prouder. They didn't lose it, Barnstable won it."

As they so often do.

November 12, 2008

Barnstable volleyball on to state final

As Barnstable finishes off the first game against Boston Latin, Alison Klotz (8) and Nora Wood (19) celebrate the winning moment.
Cape Cod Times/Ron Schloerb

NORTH EASTON – And the beat goes on.

That’s a line that could have opened virtually every story on the Barnstable High girls volleyball team over the past decade. There isn’t any breaking news to digest this morning. The Red Raiders are back in the Division 1 state finals – where they always seem to land in the second week of November.

They got there last night – for the sixth straight year – with a 3-0 sweep over Central/East champion Boston Latin at Oliver Ames High. The only bit of news is that the Red Raiders started slowly, struggling a bit to win the opening game, 25-22. After that, it was same old, same old. In other words, a Barnstable onslaught.

They captured the middle game 25-14, thanks to an 8-0 blitz that pushed them into a 20-11 lead. And then they caught fire in the finale, rolling to a 14-1 advantage after falling behind 1-0, before settling for a 25-11 victory.

The Red Raiders (21-1) will seek their sixth consecutive state title (and 12th in 16 years under coach Tom Turco) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hudson High School against Central/West champion Lincoln-Sudbury, a 3-0 winner of Reading last night.

Barnstable was powered last night by the trio of Stephanie Bristol, Alison Klotz and Nora Wood. Bristol, who collected her 1,000th career kill, and Klotz dominated at the net, while Wood was flawless at the service line.

Despite the sweep, the Red Raiders were in danger of losing the first game. Playing tentatively and making uncharacteristic errors, they trailed 18-17. But a Wolfpack miscue tied the score and Klotz’s spike restored Barnstable’s lead.

Klotz (10 kills on the night) was huge in the opener, repeatedly producing valuable points for the Red Raiders.

“Alison saved us in the first game,” Turco said.

“We’d never played this team. It took them a game to figure them out and make some adjustments.”

The Red Raiders continued playing poorly early in the second game. But they awoke midway through. Leading 12-10, they scored eight straight points and 13 of the final 17. The turnaround began with Lilly Lowe serving consecutive aces. Kills by Bristol, who wound up with 14, and Wood, combined with errors from the Wolfpack, turned the tide in Barnstable’s favor.

“We got into the flow and stepped it up,” Bristol said. “We knew we had to pick up the pace. Our passing got better, our hitting got better and we just played better overall.”

There was no stopping them after that.

They ripped off 27 of 32 points from the end of the second game to the beginning of the third. While Klotz led the way early in the match, Bristol took command late, collecting seven kills in a 14-0 rampage, with 13 of the points coming on Wood’s serve.

“They became more aggressive,” Turco said. “(In the first game), we were rolling the ball, tipping the ball, and you can’t do that. This is the state semifinals. You have to take command of the match. You have to attack.”

So the beat goes on.

“It never gets old,” Bristol said.

November 12, 2008

Barnstable, Lincoln-Sudbury set to collide
By Jonathan Raymond and Jeff Schaible, Boston Globe Correspondents

For the Barnstable Red Raiders, getting to another state title game in volleyball was like clockwork.

Since 2003, no other team has been able to call itself state champions; Barnstable has won the title five years in a row.

The Red Raiders will have their shot to make it six in a row after last night's 3-0 sweep in the semifinals over Boston Latin at Oliver Ames High in North Easton.

Barnstable senior cocaptain Stephanie Bristol recorded 14 kills, reaching the 1,000-kill mark for her career. She also added five blocks.

"This was our goal," Bristol said. "Every year we want to win states."

For coach Tom Turco, a state title would be his 12th in 21 years at the Barnstable helm. He said this year's squad's familiarity with the state championships drill should allow them to play their best.

"They've been there before," he said. "They know the preparation it takes and the focus it takes."

Boston Latin led for only 2 points, 18-17 in the first set and 1-0 in the final set. The Wolfpack kept it close in the first set, but couldn't overcome a late charge from Barnstable, falling 25-22.

In the second set, the Red Raiders got back-to-back service aces from Lilly Lowe to spark a 12-4 run, sealing a 25-14 win. With the momentum, the Red Raiders cruised in the third, 25-11.

Cocaptain Alison Klotz had 10 kills for the Red Raiders, and senior Nora Wood had seven kills and five service aces.

"I think our passing game was on," Bristol said. "We wanted to swing. We wanted to hit. Our passing game helped out, so we were able to hit away."

Turco said his team's success is something he continues to appreciate.

"It never gets old," he said.

Barnstable will play Lincoln-Sudbury for the state title Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hudson High.

November 8, 2008

Barnstable wins 14th straight South title

Barnstable High School volleyball players celebrate another Division 1 South Sectionals championship Saturday.
Cape Cod Times/Steve Heaslip

WAREHAM – Smashing.

That’s the style of play Barnstable coach Tom Turco wanted to see from his team – and that’s the kind of victory he got.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead against New Bedford, the Red Raiders got a bit tentative in losing Game 3 yesterday, then went back to their classic style of aggressive play. The result: A convincing 3-1 triumph (25-8, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19) and a hard-to-fathom 14th straight Div. 1 South volleyball championship. How long is that?“Some of the girls on the team weren’t born yet,” Turco noted of the start of the streak.

The Raiders’ quest for a sixth straight state championship, and 12th overall, continues Wednesday at 7 p.m. with a game against either Boston Latin or Newton South, at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.

Barnstable (20-1) got another gem from senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol, whose 22nd and final kill of the match sewed up the victory in Game 4. But she had plenty of help from the rest of the team, notably Nora Wood, who compiled 13 kills.

This was the usual Red Raider supreme team effort, with Lilly Lowe (“She had a phenomenal match in my eyes,” said Turco), Michelle Begley, Alison Klotz, Devon Bentivegna and their teammates all making key plays.

“That’s obviously the best team that we’ve seen,” said New Bedford coach Neil Macedo. “They’ve got everything: The defense ... the settters ... the offense.”

The fourth-seeded Whalers, coming off an upset of No. 1 seed Brockton, didn’t know what hit them in the first game, falling behind 14-2. It looked like another rout in Game 2, with Barnstable storming out to a 9-1 advantage, but the Whalers finally started putting the pieces together and narrowed it to 20-14 before losing 25-19.That momentum carried into Game 3, with New Bedford taking a quick 9-4 lead and never relinquishing it, posting a 25-19 win of its own.

“We made some mistakes on our side of the net,” Bristol noted of that third game. “We knew we had to fix some things. We started playing a little timid but we got back (to our style) in the fourth game.

”With the lead just 5-4 in Game 4, Wood closed out one of the best points of the day with a net winner. She had another big kill to make it 18-14, a perfect placement to make it 20-17, and a smash to make it 21-17. A great serve by Lowe helped close the door on New Bedford.

“That was as good a defensive team as we’ve faced,” said Turco. “We were tentative in that third game. Once we started banging the ball the way we need to, we were picking up a lot of deflected blocks. We put it away when we had to put it away.

”For Barnstable fans, it’s a familiar story that never gets old.

November 8 , 2008
Boston Globe --

New Bedford tries to bump Barnstable
By Bob Holmes, Globe Staff  |  November 8, 2008

With five straight Division 1 state titles, Tom Turco's favorite month will always be November. The Barnstable girls' volleyball coach hopes to continue his winning ways today when the Red Raiders (19-1) face New Bedford in the Division 1 South Sectional title game at Wareham.The game is one of 10 sectional title matches in Eastern Mass. today.

Barnstable made quick work of Falmouth in the semifinals Thursday, beating the Clippers, 3-0, in less than an hour. Stephanie Bristol was again the star, finishing with 16 kills. New Bedford (18-2) is coming off an emotional 3-2 win over Brockton Thursday in which the Whalers lost the first two games.

In Division 1 North, Lawrence (18-3), led by Merrimack Valley Conference MVP Jadith Lorenzo, faces top seed Reading (19-3). Dual County League teams square off in the Division 1 Central/East final, with Newton South (13-8) facing Boston Latin (15-4). In Division 1 Central/West, Milford (19-1) will go against DCL champ Lincoln-Sudbury (21-1).

Globe correspondent Jessica Isner contributed to this report.

November 6 , 2008
Girls Volleyball Division I South Semi-Finals

Barnstable @ Falmouth

Barnstable senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol was nothing short of brilliant for the Red Raiders at the service line and everywhere else last night, finishing with 16 kills and four aces to send the Raiders to their 17th straight South final.

Volleyball: Red reign

FALMOUTH – Coach Tom Turco made it sound as though his five-time defending state volleyball champion Barnstable Red Raiders had something to prove last night.

“We were the underdogs coming in here. We were the 3-seed,” he said, an impish smile flashing across his face.Underdogs? Well, technically. In reality, the Red Raiders are as dominant a force as ever, and they displayed it yet again, dismantling once-beaten No. 2 seed Falmouth 3-0 in last night’s Division 1 South semifinals before a raucous, packed gym at the Lawrence School.

The Raiders (19-1) advance to the South final at noon tomorrow at Wareham High, where they will face No. 4 New Bedford, a 3-2 winner over top-seeded Brockton last night. The Clippers close out their campaign at 18-2.

Last night’s match was never a contest. Barnstable overwhelmed Falmouth in less than an hour, rolling by scores of 25-13, 25-7, 25-7.

“They came to play,” Turco said of his girls.You think?The Raiders trailed only twice in the match, at 2-1 in the first and third games. They built cushions of 15-3 in the opener, 18-6 in the middle game and 21-4 in the finale. They had runs of 12-0, 9-0 and 9-0.“They kept up their intensity even after they got the big leads,” Turco said. “It’s tournament time. You have to do that. You can’t let up. You’ve got to put the pressure on them all the time.”The Clippers were the higher seed, so they had the home-court advantage, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the gym. The fever-pitch atmosphere only appeared to motivate the Red Raiders and, perhaps, intimidate the Clippers.“There’s no place I’d rather be than in an atmosphere like this, where it’s so loud, there’s no noise at all,” Turco said.The Red Raiders received big-time contributions from everyone. Alison Klotz, Nora Wood (nine kills), Lilly Lowe (10 kills), Maribeth Martin and Nicole Horvath were all instrumental in the blowout.But the story of this game really began and ended with senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol, the latest in a line of long-legged, leaping Barnstable superstars. Bristol was here, there and everywhere. She served eight straight points in the first game, pushing the Red Raiders to a 15-4 cushion. Another 8-0 blitz in the second game gave them a 13-4 advantage. Bristol finished with 16 kills, four aces and the grudging admiration of the Falmouth student body, whose only response was the lame chant “Wait until football!”“That was a Stephanie performance,” Turco said, using simplicity to sum up her brilliance.

It was also a Barnstable performance. Complete and utterly convincing.

Barnstable Patriot, November 7, 2008

Raiders sink Clippers: Girls volleyball advances to finals
Written by Kathleen Szmit   

The noise in the gym at the Lawrence School in Falmouth on Thursday night was deafening. Although the decibel level was enough to make ears ring, it was just the way the Barnstable girls volleyball team liked it.

“The girls love it,” said head coach Tom Turco. “It was the biggest away crowd since 1993.”

The energy from all of the Barnstable fans in attendance fueled the major momentum of the girls on the court, cheering them to a thrilling 3-0 sweep of their rival Falmouth Clippers.

Although Turco quipped that his third-seeded team were “underdogs,” Barnstable won the three intense matches 25-13, 25-7, and 25-7, with teammates racking up the stats.

Stephanie Bristol led the way with 17 kills and four aces, while Lilly Lowe and Nora Wood had 10 and nine kills respectively. Alison Klotz came in with five kills and four aces, while dynamo Maribeth Martin had 37 assists and three aces, not to mention a terrific tip over the net in Game 1.

Back-to-back scoring opened the first game, but Barnstable soon found its rhythm, feeding off the crowd and leaping out to a 15-3 lead before Falmouth rallied back slightly, earning another 10 points.

It wasn’t enough to overtake Barnstable, though, as the Raiders dug and spiked their way to a Game 1 win.

Barnstable basically left Falmouth in their wake in the second and third games, building up leads of 18-6 and 21-4.

With each point, Barnstable fans grew louder, encouraging their team.

“They appreciate the fact that the student body cared enough to be there,” said Turco. “Dare I say school spirit is alive and well. We prepared for [the noise] by leaving the stereo blasting for the entire practice so they would be used to communicating in a loud environment.”

Although mistakes were made during the games, the team quickly regrouped. Turco attributed that to the lessons the girls learn during sessions in which the team reads and discusses former Laker’s coach Pat Riley’s book, The Winner Within.

“The seniors talk about that a lot in our Winner Within  sessions,” he said. “The fact that it is on to the next play. You can't get too excited or dejected at a certain play in a match because another ball is on the way.”

Turco said that the team’s defensive play, and the student support made winning the Div. 1 semifinals even sweeter. The team faces New Beford in the Div. 1 South Sectional finals tomorrow at noon at Wareham High. What does Turco feel about their chances at winning a sixth straight title?

“You have to be in it to win it,” he said.

Barnstable Patriot, November 7

Girls Spike In Another Win
Written by Kathleen Szmit
Lady Raiders down Marshfield 3-0 in quest for sixth straight volleyball title

Kathleen Szmit photos.
HELPING HAND – Lilly Lowe tips over a shot during game 3 in the MIAA Div. 1 quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Barnstable High.

Perhaps it was a longing to watch election results come in or, more likely, a powerful desire to snag another title, but the Lady Raiders varsity volleyball team made quick work of defeating the Marshfield Rams on Tuesday night in the MIAA Div. 1 South Sectional quarterfinals.

Barnstable was fierce and formidable, downing the Rams 25-7, 25-14 and 25-14.

It was an evening of energetic and occasionally dramatic volleyball, with strong play from both teams setting up several exciting volleys.

The Raiders took an early lead in game 1 and never looked back, leading by at least five points throughout. While Marshfield won a point following an especially challenging volley, Barnstable reigned, embarking on a 14-1 tear with Lilly Lowe and Nora Wood smashing six consecutive service points apiece.

Game 1 was sealed by a terrific save from Maribeth Martin, who set up the ball for a stunning kill from senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol, one of 17 she had overall.

Barnstable snagged the opening two points of game 2 before Marshfield got on the board with two of their own, but Barnstable was in top form.

At the service line Wood nailed seven straight points for the Raiders as part of a 10-2 run, with Bristol winning three straight points at the net, giving Barnstable a sizeable edge that continued expanding as the game continued.

At one point Barnstable extended its lead to 20-7 earning points through solid defense and strong serves.

Game 3 saw the Rams roar into action, at one point taking a slight lead over Barnstable. Although the Raiders battled back to claim the lead, Marshfield briefly trailed only by three points.

A 4-0 scoring streak by Melanie Appleman put Marshfield back in a hole, while teammate Jackie Friel smacked in two great kills to put Barnstable further ahead.

The highlight of the evening came, however, when senior Stephanie Tuepker stepped to the service line for the Raiders. Encouraged by a cheering, on-it’s-feet crowd, Tuepker, who has been sidelined all season with an ACL injury, smacked a successful serve, which led to Barnstable’s victory.

Head coach Tom Turco was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I thought Nora was a force from the service line serving 25/25 with five aces,” he said. “Lilly also had a great night. Alison [Klotz] and Nora passed serve well and Maribeth did a great job setting. Bristol had a productive match as well.  Mel Appleman had four big digs and Jackie Friel had two. Together they played well as a team.”

 Overall, Bristol smacked 17 kills, 10 digs, and three aces, while Lowe had nine kills and six digs. Dynamo Martin had an impressive 28 assists, with eight digs, and Wood had 10 digs and five aces. Klotz had five kills and nine digs, Appleman   had four digs, and Friel had two kills.

At press time the team was set to face Falmouth at Falmouth in the Div. 1 South Sectional Semifinals, with the finals set for Saturday at noon at Wareham High.

November 4 , 2008
Girls Volleyball Division I South Quarter-Finals

Marshfield @ Barnstable

Volleyball: Barnstable advances

HYANNIS – After preparing themselves with another midseason road trip and once again taking on the cream of the crop in the Commonwealth, the Barnstable High volleyball team opened the postseason looking like a team ready to hang another banner from the walls on their Hyannis gym.

Third-seeded Barnstable began defense of its state title with a methodical 3-0 victory over Marshfield last night in the MIAA Div. 1 South Sectional quarterfinals. The Red Raiders improved to 18-1 with a 25-7, 25-14, 25-14 sweep to advance to tomorrow night’s Sectional semifinal match against archrival Falmouth at the Lawrence School.The sixth-seeded Rams finish 10-10.

Senior co-captain Stephanie Bristol led the way with 15 kills and two aces for the Red Raiders while Lilly Lowe added eight kills. Senior co-captain Alison Klotz had five kills for Barnstable while Nora Wood had three kills and four aces.“We played very well defensively and our service game was better than it’s usually been,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco. “Giving them more of the green light on the serve had them more relaxed.”Bristol set the tone early with a series of both kills and tips while Wood and Lowe helped the Red Raiders build big leads in the first two games with several service runs. Barnstable was equally efficient on return of serves against the stubborn Rams, turning many of those points into offensive opportunities.

The Red Raiders broke open a 10-5 game one lead with a 14-1 run as Lowe and Wood each reeled off six straight points on serve. Bristol capped the opener off a great save by Maribeth Martin to set up the kill.Wood reeled off seven straight points on serve as an early 8-0 run put Barnstable up 10-2 in the middle game. Bristol won three straight points at the net followed shortly by four straight service winners to help the Red Raiders extend the lead to 20-7. “It depends on what the read of the defense is,” said Turco of Bristol’s kills and tips. “She knows what she’s doing. She’s been around a long time.”The Rams fought hard in Game 3, trailing just 9-6 on the strength of strong all-around defense from co-captain Lindsey Morrison. But Melanie Appleman came off the bench to spark a 4-0 run, holding her serve with a pair of great digs. Fellow reserve Jackie Friel put Barnstable on the brink of the win with a pair of kills and the crowd rose as one as Stephanie Tuepker, who had been out for the year with an ACL injury, served the winning point for the Red Raiders.“These guys have seen a lot and grown a lot together as a team,” said Turco of his club’s outlook.

“We’ve played the toughest competition available, including taking the risk of going to Chicago, all for one purpose – to prepare ourselves for the tournament.

October 31, 2008 Barnstable Patriot

Barnstable volleyball readies for postseason
Defending champs seeking another title

Written by Kathleen Szmit   

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SMASHING SENIORS – Barnstable’s seniors on the BHS girls varsity volleyball team – Michelle Begley, Lilly Lowe, Nora Wood, Stephanie Bristol, Alison Klotz and Stephanie Tuepker – are presented with flowers, gifts and heartfelt congratulations at their final regular season game on Friday.

They’ve played in California. They’ve played in Chicago. They’ve played in various New England locales.

On Friday night, though, it was all about the home court as the Barnstable girls varsity volleyball team gave fans more than their money’s worth when they downed the Dartmouth Indians 3-0 in their final regular season match.

The win, 25-13, 25-10, 25-22, capped off another stellar season for the Lady Raiders, and felt even sweeter since it came on Senior Night, when each of the team’s seven seniors and their families were celebrated.

It was the seniors – Stephanie Bristol, Alison Klotz, Nora Wood, Stephanie Tuepker, Lilly Lowe, Michelle Begley and Jackie Friel – who carried the night, each contributing greatly to the win.

Against Dartmouth, co-captain Bristol had 17 kills, three aces and 12 digs. Wood had 10 kills, two aces, 14 digs, and 10 assists. Klotz, also a co-captain, had seven kills and 15 digs, while Lowe had seven kills and 11 digs. Begley and Friel had six kills and four digs respectively.

The first match saw the Raiders take a commanding 14-6 lead after the start before moving on to claim victory at 25-13. Barnstable also dominated game two, with points scored on a number of beautiful shots that followed exciting volleys.

Game three set tensions on edge as Dartmouth took the lead for the first time all night, at one point edging past Barnstable by six points. The Raiders quickly recovered, however, once again moving past the Indians and ultimately slamming their way to a 25-22 win to cap the game.

Junior Maribeth Martin was also a standout, with 22 assists and three aces.

The win raised spirits following a tough loss the previous night to Medfield, 25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 27-25. It was the Raider’s first MIAA loss all season.

“It was looked upon as a big regular season challenge. It was a significant accomplishment to come from behind and win the third game,” said head coach Tom Turco, noting that he actively seeks challenging teams for the girls to face.

“We play the best competition available to prepare ourselves for the tournament. It does not make sense to play a weak schedule and then expect them to play well against tough competition in the tournament.”

Turco credits his seniors with helping to create a strong 2008 team. “I am very proud of my seniors. The senior class has always been a great example to the underclassmen. Their expectations are high and they back it up with their work ethic,” he said. “They have been wonderful role models for the younger players. Their lasting contribution comes more in terms of how they carry themselves and what it is to be a student athlete. They have shown that they can be productive in the classroom as well as on the court. As the seniors before them, they have set their goals high and are relentlessly pursuing those goals.”

Although the team will lose seven members to graduation this year, Turco’s faith in next year’s team remains strong. “We have some very talented underclassmen and some very strong classes coming up,” he said.

Turco feels that the success of the team each year has much to do with the feeder program in Barnstable. “Volleyball is a big sport in Barnstable and players get exposed to it at an early age,” Turco said. “The players have to be skilled to be successful but they also have to have a love for the game which they do.”

Turco said that several of the memories he will cherish include meeting Simon Cowell of American Idol during the team’s 2007 California trip and, most recently, seeing the seniors take the court on Friday night.

He especially enjoyed watching Steph Tuepker return to the service line during the game. Tuepker has been unable to play this season due to an ACL injury but was able to attempt a few serves against Dartmouth.

On Tuesday night the team begins another postseason and will face Marshfield at home at 7 p.m. Naturally, the defending champs are seeking another title to add to their collection.

When asked if winning ever gets old, Turco replied with a wide grin, “Never!

October 24, 2008 Dartmouth at Barnstable



Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0HYANNIS – Seniors ruled the day on Senior Day at Barnstable as the Red Raiders downed the Indians in their regular-season finale, 25-13, 25-10, 25-22.

Leading the offense for Barnstable (17-1, 8-0 Old Colony League) was Stephanie Bristol, who had 17 kills and two aces. Nora Wood had 10 kills and two aces, Alison Klotz with six kills and one ace and Lilly Lowe with five kills and one block.Senior Jackie Friel played well on offense and defense, contributing four digs in Game 3. Classmate Michelle Begley added 12 digs on the day.

Getting big applause from the crowd was Stephanie Tuepker, who made an appearance at the service line despite being out for the season with an ACL injury.

October 23, 2008 Melrose at Barnstable

Barnstable 3, Melrose 0

HYANNIS – The Barnstable High School girls volleyball team swept previously unbeaten Melrose yesterday, 25-11, 25-15, 25-23.

Nora Wood brought the Red Raiders back from a 23-21 deficit in the third game with a kill and a strong service run. She finished with 11 kills and four aces.

October 20, 2008 Barnstable at Taunton

Barnstable 3, Taunton 0

TAUNTON – The Barnstable Red Raiders clinched yet another Old Colony League girls volleyball championship yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Taunton.Barnstable rolled in the first game 25-4, and followed with 25-15 and 15-16 victories. The Raiders improve to 15-0 overall and 7-0 in the OCL.Stephanie Bristol had nine kills in the first game and Nora Wood contributed four kills in the second game, as did Lilly Lowe. It was a tight middle game, with Barnstable leading 16-15 when Alison Klotz served out the match.Wood made her setting debut in the third game and had 11 assists. Junior Nicole Horvath and Ashley Weik had three aces each.

The Raiders host 18-0 Melrose on Thursday.

October 17, 2008 Barnstable at Bridgewater Raynham

Barnstable 3, B-R 0

BRIDGEWATER – The Red Raiders bounced back from their first MIAA loss of the season to defeat the Trojans 25-10, 25-9, 25-15.Jackie Friel and Ashley Weik played well in the second game for Barnstable (14-1, 6-0 Old Colony League).

Stephanie Bristol finished with 14 kills, and Nora Wood had six kills.

October 16, 2008 Barnstable at Medfield

October 14, 2008 Attleboro at Barnstable

October 10, 2008: Cape Cod Sports Report

Turco's Girls Go 12-0 With Wins over
North Quincy, Notre Dame, and Case.
By Sean Walsh, Editor
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October 10, 2008: In the Zone: Red Raiders roll behind Bristol
By Russ Charpentier, Cape Cod Times

Photo: Cape Cod Times/Paul Blackmore

HYANNIS – It’s a long line now, the honor roll of dominant Barnstable High School volleyball players.

When Stephanie Bristol graduates in June, her name will be entered prominently on the list.

“She reminds me of Ashley Atkins,” said coach Tom Turco, recalling one of the senior stars of the 2000 state champion Red Raiders. “She has that kind of academic and volleyball ability.”Atkins went on to study and play at Harvard. Bristol, while not considering the Crimson, is stellar in the classroom, ranked 20th in a senior class of 373 with a 3.8 grade point average.

Bristol, who entered the starting lineup late in her freshman season, has known nothing but state championships during her high school years. Every season, so far, has ended with her and teammates holding the trophy aloft. The 6-foot-1 big-hitting senior would like nothing better than to repeat the experience for a fourth time in November.And the Red Raiders, rolling along this season, are favored to do it again.“Sometimes great players get better and better as they get older and become dominant at their position,” said Turco. “Stephanie was that way as a sophomore and has gotten physically stronger.”Take this season’s grudge match with Medfield, which beat Barnstable last year, the first time Bristol had tasted defeat at the hands of a Massachusetts high school team. (Barnstable also lost a match in California last year.) Bristol had 29 kills and 28 digs in the four-game victory last month, and no one was surprised. They’ve seen it before.“To whom much is given, much is expected,” said Turco, referencing Luke 12:48. “What she’s been given is athletic ability and a lot of gifts. She works extremely hard to refine what she’s been given, but she understands what’s expected.”The tall, lanky Bristol is a superstar with a worker’s personality. “She’s a great teammate,” said Turco. “She’s got a great way about her. She’s pretty unassuming.”Bristol understands that while she may be the end result of a play, there are team building blocks that come before that help her succeed.“I love the other girls and their attitudes,” she said. “If my passer doesn’t get the ball perfectly to the setter, she can’t set me up.” It’s a well-run machine, which is what the Red Raiders most often look like.

Bristol attended St. Francis in Hyannis before moving into Barnstable High her freshman year. She was introduced to volleyball through the town’s recreation program and camps, and was coached by Red Raiders players, including former stars Delia Glover and Casey Buss.Her interest and passion for the game growing, Bristol started playing for Turco’s Cape Cod Juniors as a seventh grader. She considered attending Bishop Stang after graduating from St. Francis, but the Turco mystique and Barnstable volleyball tradition made a difference. For Bristol, and for the Red Raiders.

Barnstable has been a force for many seasons – five straight state championships and 11 overall. Last fall Bristol teamed with Kara Cullen (now playing as a freshman at Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa.) to form a formidable incredible front line.“They were like Manny (Ramirez) and (David) Ortiz,” Turco said. “For any team playing against us, they had to deal with one of them.”Using volleyball’s batting average (kills minus errors divided by total attempts), Bristol hit a staggering .579 last season. In the state final win over Newton North as a sophomore, she had 15 kills. In that ’06 tourney, she had 66 kills with only eight errors. “That’s amazing,” said Turco.Turco said Bristol is leading the state in kills this year and last week was an American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week. That’s a first for a Red Raider.Barnstable’s amazing run has been built against the best competition it can find.

Last year the team went to volleyball-rich California to play teams. This weekend the Red Raiders are in Aurora, Ill., for the Mizuno-St. Charles East Scholastic Cup.

Barnstable sneaks up on no one and always gets the opposition’s best effort. “I love it,” said Bristol. “They all want to beat us. They play their hardest and that makes us play better. I find it exciting.”Volleyball is a big part of her life. After the high school season she plays Junior Olympics from January to June and then goes to camps in the summer. But she also makes time for other pursuits.“I love to go snowboarding in New Hampshire, and in the summer I love to be on my boat and go wakeboarding – kind of like a snowboard towed behind a boat,” she said. Bristol also enjoys relaxing on the beach, perhaps reading a book by Jodi Picoult or listening to country music. Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flats are among her favorites.But when it comes to high school, she’ll leave an impressive legacy on the volleyball court and in the classroom. She wants to attend a college in New England. Math and science are her strong subjects, and coupled with her athletic excellence, schools such as Tufts, Holy Cross, Fairfield and Quinnipiac are possibilities.

But the Bristol name will not end at Barnstable when Stephanie graduates.Thirteen-year-old sister Regan, an eighth grader at St. Francis, is on the Cape Cod Juniors and planning to head to Barnstable next year. Oh yes, did we mention she’s already 5-foot-10?“We have a volleyball net in the yard,” said Stephanie. “We play pepper, or I hit at her and she hits at me. My dad (Rex) comes out sometimes and my friends come over and we play a game. She’s good.”

Regan may be part of the future at Barnstable, but Stephanie Bristol is the very captivating present.

October 7, 2008 Barnstable at Case

October 3 , 2008 Barnstable at Attleboro

October 2 , 2008 Barnstable at Notre Dame

The Red Raiders swept 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 to improve to 10-0, 3-0 Old Colony League.

Stephanie Bristol led the offense with 21 kills, while Nora Wood chipped in with seven kills. Maribeth Martin kept the offense running smoothly with 29 assists and Michelle Begley led the defense with nine digs.

Barnstable travels to Attleboro today for its third road game in as many days.

October 1 , 2008 Barnstable at North Quincy


Barnstable won 25-15, 25-11, 25-0 to improve to 9-0. The top-ranked Red Raiders qualify for the state tournament for the 20th straight season. NQ, ranked fifth in the latest rankings, fall to 10-1.

Stephanie Bristol had 18 kills and five blocks in the match for Barnstable, including four kills and three blocks in the third game. Wood had eight kills and seven aces in her third-game run, while Alison Klotz had six kills and 12 digs for the Red Raiders. Maribeth Martin notched 33 assists.

September 29, 2008 Chelmsford at Barnstable


Barnstable 3, Chelmsford 0

HYANNIS – The offense was spread around but it was the defense the carried the Red Raiders past the Lions 25-13, 25-13, 25-17.Seniors Michelle Begley and Lilly Lowe spearheaded what Barnstable coach Tom Turco called the best defensive match of the season.The Raiders, now 8-0, head to the Atlantic Middle School to face North Quincy tomorrow at 5 p.m. Barnstable is ranked No. 1 in the state while North Quincy is No. 2.Chelmsford is 5-5.Stephanie Bristol led the offense with 14 kills, five blocks and one ace while Nora Wood had nine kills and two aces. Alison Klotz added eight kills and an ace and Lowe had six kills, two blocks and three aces.

Maribeth Martin added 35 assists at setter.

September 26, 2008 Barnstable at Westborough


Barnstable 3, Westboro 0

WESTBORO – Division 1 over Division 2.Barnstable, last year’s Div. 1 champ, used stellar offense from Stephanie Bristol, Nora Wood and Lilly Lowe in beating 2007 Div. 2 champion Westboro, 25-20, 25-10, 25-6.Bristol led with 21 kills and one block while Wood added nine kills and two aces and Lowe added four kills and three blocks.Michelle Begley had 12 service points and Alison Klotz had two aces at the line. Maribeth Martin had 31 assists at setter.

Barnstable is now 7-0 while Westboro falls to 6-2.

September 25, 2008 Barnstable at Dartmouth


Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0

SOUTH DARTMOUTH — Stephanie Bristol had 22 kills and Maribeth Martin had 32 assists as the Barnstable High School girls volleyball team remained undefeated yesterday with a 3-0 sweep of Dartmouth.The Red Raiders prevailed 25-11, 25-13, 25-16 to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Old Colony League.Nora Wood, Ashley Weik and Lily Lowe each had six kills for Barnstable. Wood and Lowe both had three aces apiece.

The Raiders travel to last year's Div. 2 state champion Westboro tonight.

September 19, 2008 Taunton at Barnstable


Barnstable 3, Taunton 0

HYANNIS – The Red Raiders swept the Tigers 25-5, 25-14, 25-5 in Old Colony League play.

Alison Klotz paced Barnstable in the first game with seven kills.

Jackie Freil led the Raiders (5-0, 2-0 OCL) in the second game with five kills.

September 18, 2008 Medfield at Barnstable


Barnstable 3, Medfield 1

MEDFIELD – The Barnstable High School girls volleyball team held off a late rally and defeated Medfield 3-1 to avenge last year’s loss. Medfield was the only Massachusetts team to knock off the Red Raiders last year. Barnstable prevailed 25-9, 25-4, 17-25, 25-23 to improve to 4-0.Trailing two games to one, Medfield climbed back from a 20-13 deficit to make it 23-22. After the teams exchanged kills, senior Stephanie Bristol sealed the victory and handed the Warriors (5-1) their first loss of the season. The final game featured five lead changes. Bristol led with 23 kills while Nora Wood and Alison Klotz had 14 and 12 kills, respectively, and two aces each.

Maribeth Martin kept the Raiders offense running smoothly with 46 assists.

September 15, 2008 Bridgewater Raynham at Barnstable

September 12, 2008 Barnstable at Brockton

September 9, 2008 Barnstable at Dennis-Yarmouth

Barnstable swept with scores of 25-7, 25-14, and 25-18. Stephanie Bristol led the offense with 14 kills, four blocks and two aces. Senior outside hitter Nora Wood added 10 hits, two blocks and two aces. Alison Klotz had five kills and seven aces and Lilly Lowe had five kills, two aces and one block.Junior setter Maribeth Martin had 28 assists.Barnstable also used strong team defense en route to the win.

Alexa Sullivan and Liz Balboni were standouts for Dennis-Yarmouth and Paige Annese was a force at the service line.

September 5, 2008 Cape Cod Sports Report

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