2009 Media Reports
11/12/09 Barnstable @ New Bedford
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). November 11, 2009
School volleyball: Raiders' reign ends
By THE STANDARD-TIMES
NEW BEDFORD – All good things must come to an end, but for Barnstable girls volleyball coach Tom Turco, the Red Raiders are far from being finished.
After winning the MIAA Division 1 South championship 14 straight years, capturing the past six Division 1 state championships and eliminating New Bedford in each of the past five sectional finals, Barnstable's amazing reign finally came to an end at the hands of the Whalers.
Top-seeded New Bedford defeated the fourth-seeded Red Raiders 3-0 last night in the Div. 1 South semifinals. Now it's the undefeated Whalers' turn to play for the title after a 25-15, 25-9, 25-15 victory over their nemesis.
New Bedford improves to 20-0 and will face sixth-seeded Brockton in the Div. 1 South final, slated for tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Wareham High. The Whalers beat Brockton (18-4) both times this season, but they had to come from a 2-0 deficit to win three in a row to complete the series sweep on the road.
“They work very hard in practice,” New Bedford coach Neil Macedo said. “They don't just want to beat Barnstable, they want to go all the way. I want to win one game at a time.”
Barnstable, meanwhile, wraps up the season 17-4.
“We got out of the gate a little slow and made some sophomore mistakes, but the girls played as hard as they could play,” said Red Raiders coach Tom Turco, whose teams have won nine other sectional titles prior to the just-elapsed streak of six.
“We are a young team and our attack is predominantly sophomores, and this is the first time they have actually been in the moment so they will grow from this.
“I am very happy with their performance all year long and am very proud of our program and really proud of all the kids involved in it.”
The Raiders didn't relinquish the crown without a fight, as Kaylee Deluga won her team points with two key blocks on New Bedford star Maura Manley early in Game 3, in which Barnstable hung tough to an 8-all score before the Whalers finally pulled away.
“I think it's a little inexperience. I think it's a little like their team last year when they made a lot of mistakes against us,” Turco said. “(The Whalers) are a helluva team.”
In the hour that elapsed from the opening serve to the finish, Turco called timeout six times. But unlike in previous years, there were no answers this time around.
“Last year we came pretty close, this year we finally came through and beat them with a team effort. Everyone played well,” New Bedford senior Kiana Raposo said. “We tried to minimize our errors and not give them points – make them earn every point.”
From an emotional standpoint, it didn't matter that the Red Raiders were rebuilding – this was a major moment in Whalers volleyball history, one that drew alumni out of the woodwork.
“A couple of teams' worth,” Macedo said. “Obviously, they've all lost to (Barnstable), some of them four years in a row. It was good to see (them).”
After finally defeating Barnstable for the first time since 1994, New Bedford has added another spark to this already intense rivalry.
“Our rivalry is mostly in the playoffs because they dropped us during the regular season, but they are a team we have great respect for,” Turco said. “When it is all said and done I ask the kids every year who they think is going to be the best team they face, and it usually is New Bedford.
“It is always a battle between these two teams, and if I have learned anything in my career it is that you have to give credit where credit is due and they deserve a lot of credit. They played exceptionally well and they are a great team. I have won six championships in a row so I know a good team when I see one, and they have a great team over there and I congratulate them and wish them luck moving forward.”
Maura Manley finished with 28 kills on 42-for-45 hitting for the Whalers, Cheyanne Howard was 23-for-25 at net with 11 kills and four aces, Haley Sullivan was 4-for-4 with two kills and Katherine Guillotte 8-for-9 with three.
Barnstable made a push early in Game 3, but never took a lead, their only advantage a 1-0 score in Game 1 after Howard missed the sideline with the first serve of the match.
Libero Melanie Appleman made an incredible dig as the Raiders hung on in the final set, and Aine Cole made several kills to keep Barnstable in it.
Turco believes he'll keep seeing solid talent on the rise.
“We are deep down into the fifth grade,” Turco said. “New Bedford has been growing as a team and got better and so will we. We made a lot of young mistakes just like they did last year when they had a lot of sophomores. When you lose a lot of players like we did it is great just to compete, and for us to play as well as we did shows that we are only going to keep getting better. It should be very interesting next year between these two teams and it will be very exciting to watch.”
11/10/09 Dartmouth @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). November 11, 2009
HYANNIS – They may not be the Barnstable Red Raiders of old but it doesn’t mean we have a new state champion just yet.
The six-time defending Div. 1 state champion Red Raiders swept Old Colony League rival Dartmouth for the third time this season, winning 3-0 last night before a large, supportive crowd at the Hyannis gym.
Fourth-seeded Barnstable improves to 17-3 overall and advances to the Div. 1 South semifinals to take on top-seed and undefeated New Bedford tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the whaling city. The fifth-seeded Indians finish at 14-4.
The Red Raiders rallied for a 25-21 win in game one before comfortably winning 25-9 and 25-18 to complete the sweep. Senior setter Maribeth Martin, who became the fifth Barnstable player to record 1,000 assists in a career, had 28 assists while adding seven kills.
Kaylee Deluga had 12 kills and four blocks for the Red Raiders while Aine Cole added eight kills and Ashley Weik had seven.
“It took them a little while to get warmed up,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said of his team. “It wasn’t for lack of motivation. They were pretty excited coming in.”
Not that Barnstable needed any added incentive for a tournament game, but posted on the wall of the gymnasium was a quote from Dartmouth coach Diane Brown after her team’s first-round victory, saying "They’re not the Barnstable of old. They are beatable.”
It appeared just that at the beginning as the Indians stormed to a 5-0 lead in the opening game. A kill by Molly Brown gave Dartmouth an 11-6 lead, but the Raiders evened it at 16 on back-to-back kills by Deluga from Martin and some great team defense that led to the tying point.
Barnstable finally took the lead at 21-20 on a tip from Aine Cole and won it on one of several Martin dinks to an open sideline. The comeback in game one deflated Dartmouth while the Raiders were on their way from there. You could say the writing was literally on the wall.
“I think it should have been the year we toppled them,” said Dartmouth coach Brown. “This was our opportunity. We have great leadership and I thought we could take out a young Barnstable team.
“I hate to ever say a referee can ruin a game but I really think it changed the momentum (in the first game). They changed a couple calls and it really didn’t go both ways in the match. You’ve got to be able to overcome that. I do not blame anyone but it changed the momentum, absolutely.”
The Red Raiders rolled to a 10-2 advantage in game two and never looked back. Cole began to take control at the net while more great defense from Melanie Appleman, Kayla Crook and Devon Bentivegna thwarted many of the visitors’ attacks.
Barnstable took the lead for good in the third game at 3-2 but the Indians closed to within 13-11 behind the strong play of Megan Brown and Jackie Starrett. Weik nailed three kills to spark a 6-0 run and Cole finished off the match, fittingly on a kill from Martin.
“The players kind of took exception to that,” Turco said of the quote by Brown. “I never put stuff like that up but I told them I’ve got to put this up there. If it doesn’t sit well with you, then were on the same page.”
11/6/09 Mansfield @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). November 7, 2009
HYANNIS — The Barnstable volleyball team's quest for their seventh straight MIAA Div. 1 championship kicked off with a bang yesterday as the fourth-seeded Red Raiders used a strong service game to pound No. 13 Mansfield 25-7, 25-8, 25-10 in the first round of the Div. 1 South Sectionals.
"We didn't make many service faults today and that was key for us," said Barnstable head coach Tom Turco.
Barnstable will host No. 5 Dartmouth on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Barnstable defeated Dartmouth twice by the score of 3-0 during the regular season, but the 14-3 Indians figure to be primed and ready for the six-time defending champs.
"(Dartmouth) took us to 27-25 at home and played us very well at their place, so we'll be ready," Turco said.
The Red Raiders announced their presence to the Hornets immediately in Game 1 yesterday, as junior Devon Bentivegna ran off 12 straight service points to push Barnstable ahead 13-0. After three points for Mansfield, senior Maribeth Martin went on a run of her own and brought it to 20-3 in favor of the Red Raiders before sophmore Kaylee Deluga, who had six kills in the first game, closed out the 25-7 victory.
It was more of the same for Barnstable in Game 2 as Melanie Appleman served the Red Raiders to a 9-0 lead. Deluga had six kills in the second game to lead Barnstable, and Martin had five assists.
Junior Sarah Colby added two late aces to seal the second game.
Senior captain Nicole Horvath led Barnstable in game three with five kills, and Martin had five assists.
Martin finished the game with 19 assists, and Deluga led the Red Raiders with 13 kills.
Appleman was active defensively in all three games from her libero position and added two aces in the third game.
Freshman Kayla Crook had a solid game both offensively and defensively for Barnstable, which has just four seniors and two juniors on the roster.
"We do have a lot of young players, but I'm not afraid to put them in the game," Turco said. "The reason we schedule Top 10 teams every year, regardless of how our team is, is so that all the younger kids and even the older ones can get ready for tournament play."
11/3/09 Medfield @ Barnstable
Barnstable senior Melanie Appleman finished with 29 digs for the Red Raiders,
who rallied but came up short in a 3-1 loss to Medfield. The Raiders fall to 15-3.
RON SCHLOERB/ Cape Cod Times
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). November 4, 2009
Medfield 3, Barnstable 1
HYANNIS – The Red Raiders staged a dramatic comeback in the third game but Medfield closed it out in Game 4 to spoil senior night.
Senior Melanie Appleman had 29 digs for Barnstable (15-3) in the 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-25 setback while fellow senior Maribeth Martin had 36 assists.
The Red Raiders trailed 22-12 in the third game but rallied on the strength of Devon Bentivegna's four aces and Ashley Weik's four service points to clinch the win.
Kaylee Deluga had 20 kills and two aces while Aine Cole had 16 kills. Weik had six kills and three aces on the evening while fellow senior Nicole Horvath had a pair of kills and a block.
10/30/09 Westborough @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 31, 2009
Barnstable 3, Westboro 1
HYANNIS — Barnstable came up with its most impressive victory of the season yesterday, rallying from a first-game loss to hand Westboro its second loss of the season.
Westboro is 16-2, Barnstable 15-2, after the 15-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 match. The youthful Red Raiders host another top team Tuesday when Medfield comes to town.
Yesterday, sophomore Kaylee Deluga came up with an enormous effort against Westboro's 6-foot-2 hitter Kasey Kraus, one of the state's top hitters. Deluga ended up with 12 kills of her own and five blocks.
She had plenty of company in the hard-fought win. Sophomore Aine Cole delivered a season-high 18 kills and Ashley Weik 11 kills and seven digs.
Libero Melanie Appleman had 26 digs, Devon Bentivegna 12 service points and eight digs. Freshman Kayla Crook delivered another solid performance with eight digs and seven service points. Senior Maribeth Martin dished out 41 assists, and Nicole Horvath four kills and seven digs.
10/28/09 Barnstable @ Dartmouth
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 29, 2009
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0
SOUTH DARTMOUTH – The Red Raiders clinched another Old Colony League regular-season crown with a perfect 8-0 league run after beating the Indians 25-22, 25-15, 25-16.
With Barnstable (14-2) trailing 12-8 in the third game, freshman Kayla Crook came through with nine service points. Kaylee Deluga had 19 kills and two blocks and while Melanie Appleman picked up 16 digs.
Maribeth Martin finished with 29 assists, Aine Cole had six kills, Nicole Horvath contributed five kills and Ashley Weik tallied four kills for the Red Raiders.
10/26/09 Case @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 27, 2009
Barnstable 3, Case 0
HYANNIS – The Red Raiders got back on the winning track with a solid sweep over Case 25-21, 25-9, 26-24.
Kaylee Deluga led the Barnstable offense with 18 kills. Aine Cole had 12 kills, and setter Maribeth Martin finished with 35 assists.
Devon Bentivegna had four aces from the service line, and Melanie Appleman was a standout on defense with 16 digs.
Barnstable (13-2) will wrap up Old Colony League play at Dartmouth tomorrow.
10/23/09 Brockton @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 24, 2009
Brockton 3, Barnstable 0
HYANNIS — The Red Raiders succumbed to the Bulldogs 17-25, 24-26, 21-25 for their first home loss in eight years.
Barnstable drops to 12-2.
Sophomore Kaylee Deluga had 12 kills and two aces, while Aine Cole had seven kills and Kayla Crook and Melanie Appleman were strong on defense.
10/20/09 Taunton @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 21, 2009
Martin Milestone for Raiders
Barnstable 3, Taunton 0
HYANNIS – Maribeth Martin became the fifth player in Barnstable girls volleyball history to record 1,000 career assists as the Red Raiders topped Taunton 3-0 in Old Colony League action last night.
The Red Raiders swept the match 25-10, 25-8, 25-5 to improve to 12-1 overall and 7-0 in the OCL.
Martin hit the milestone in Game 3, setting up Ashley Weik for a kill after a dig by Melanie Appleman. Martin finished the contest with 28 assists to bring her career total to 1,003.
Kaylee Deluga had 12 kills and six aces for Barnstable while Appleman had seven aces and eight digs, Devon Bentivegna had four digs and seven service aces while Sarah Colby, Regan Bristol and Nicole Horvath each recorded four kills.
10/19/09 Bridgewater @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 20, 2009
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater 0
HYANNIS – Senior Maribeth Martin pulled within 27 assists of the 1,000 mark for her varsity career as the Barnstable girls volleyball team swept Bridgewater-Raynham 3-0 yesterday.
Martin finished with had 24 assists and five aces in the Red Raiders’ 25-7, 25-10, 25-10 victory.
Kaylee Deluga led the offense with 12 kills an block and two aces for Barnstable (11-1, 6-0 Old Colony League), which will play host to Taunton tonight in a game originally slated for tomorrow.
Regan Bristol had five kills, Carolyn Morin had three kills and four aces, Sarah Colby had three kills and Lynn Hibbard, Melanie Appleman and Ashley Weik each had three aces for the Raiders.
10/16/09 Barnstable @ Melrose
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 17, 2009
Melrose 3, Barnstable 0
MELROSE — The defending state champion Red Raiders suffered their first defeat against the other Red Raiders from Melrose. Barnstable struggled offensively and defensively, with Kaylee DeLuga's 12 kills the highlight of the night.
With the 13-25, 17-25, 25-27 losses, the Barnstable drops to 10-1 this season.
They were 17-1 last year heading into the tournament.
Their next scheduled regular season game is Monday at home against Bridgewater-Raynham.
10/14/09 Barnstable @ Attleboro
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 15, 2009
Barnstable 3, Attleboro 0
ATTLEBORO — Kaylee Deluga had a season high 19 kills to lead the Red Raiders to a playoffs clinching 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 victory over the Bombardiers.
Barnstable (10-0, 5-0 Old Colony League) qualified for the tournament for the 21st straight year.
Ashley Weik added seven kills and four aces for the Red Raiders while Lynne Hibbard had three kills and Devon Bentivegna had 14 service points, including two aces.
Senior Maribeth Martin had 27 assists for the Red Raiders as setter.
9/30/09 Dartmouth @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). October 1, 2009
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0
HYANNIS – Kaylee Deluga led the offense while defense was also key in the Red Raiders 25-17, 26-24, 25-10 victory over the Indians.
Deluga had 11 kills for Barnstable (9-0, 4-0 Old Colony) while Ashley Weik had seven kills and Nicole Horvath and Regan Bristol had four kills each.
Maribeth Martin had 26 assists and three aces while Melanie Appleman had 14 digs. Devon Bentivegna and Kayla Crook were key on defense.
9/29/09 Barnstable @ Chelmsford
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 30, 2009
Barnstable 3, Chelmsford 0
CHELMSFORD – The Red Raiders continue their winning streak, beating Chelmsford 25-17, 25-21, 25-11.
Kaylee DeLuga lead the offense with 10 kills for Barnstable, which improves to 8-0.
Reagan Bristol, Ayna Cole, Ashley Weik and Nicole Horvath had five kills apiece. Melanie Appleman and Devon Bentivegna also played well, as did senior Marybeth Martin, with 24 assists and four aces.
The Raiders are back in action today at home against Dartmouth.
9/25/09 Barnstable @ Notre Dame
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 26, 2009
School volleyball: Barnstable in a comeback
HINGHAM — The Barnstable volleyball team showed it has the ability to battle back, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Notre Dame of Hingham 3-2 last night.
The game scores were 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 25-15, and 15-13.
Barnstable (7-0) trailed 17-12 in the first game to win 25-21 and trailed 2-1 through three games before pulling out the victory.
Notre Dame of Hingham falls to 5-2.
"I gotta hand it to them," Red Raiders coach Turco said of his defending state champions. "They showed a lot of resiliency."
Sophomore Kaylee Deluga spearheaded the offense with 11 kills, one ace and one block while sophomore Aine Cole had five kills and seniors Ashley Weik and Nicole Horvath had six kills each.
Melanie Appleman had 24 digs to lead the defense while freshman Kayla Crook had nine digs.
Devon Bentivegna had six aces from the service line while senior Maribeth Martin had 31 assists at setter. Freshman Regan Bristol also had three blocks.
9/23/09 Barnstable @ Taunton
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 24, 2009
Barnstable 3, Taunton 0
TAUNTON — The defending state champion Red Raiders continue to dominate, extending their own winning streak with the victory over the Tigers, completing their three games with identical 25-8 victories.
The first game ended with eight service points by Devon Bentivegna.
Game 2 started off with a 15-0 lead thanks to Melanie Appleman, who racked up 12 digs overall.
Kaylee Deluga came up with eight kills in two games, leading the Red Raiders' offense, and Nicole Horvath, Ashley Weik, and Ayne Cole each added five kills apiece. Marybeth Martin recorded 24 assists in the matchup.
The Raiders, 3-0 in the OCL and 6-0 overall this season, face Notre Dame Hingham tomorrow.
9/21/09 Barnstable @ Bridgewater
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 22, 2009
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
BRIDGEWATER – The Red Raiders added another win to their perfect record with a 25-5, 25-13, 25-11 victory.
Barnstable, 5-0, had a phenomenal first game with three solid service runs. Devon Bentivegna had eight service points.
Maribeth Martin followed with five service points and Kaylee Deluga had eight service points.
Barnstable's Nicole Horvath had four kills in the third game. Melanie Appleman played well defensively for the Red Raiders.
9/19/09 Barnstable @ Milford for Milford Invitational Tournament
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 20, 2009
MILFORD – Barnstable thrashed the competition at the Milford Invitational, losing only one match in the 5-1 overall score as they poured on a team effort.
In the pool-play set up, the Raiders beat Tewksbury, Milford, and Ursaline Academy. They beat Marlboro in the semi-finals, and came back in their second and third games in the finals against Hopkinton to win 25-20 and 15-9.
9/9/09 North Quincy @ Barnstable
Tom Moran, Jr., Sports Guy, The Barnstable Enterprise. September 11, 2009
Red Raiders Very Impressive in Volleyball Opener, Blank Visiting North Quincy 3-0
You only get once chance to make a good impression and the Barnstable High girls volleyball team did just that on Wednesday, overpowering visiting North Quincy 3-0 in the season-opening match for both clubs.
With a team roster dominated by underclassmen, the Red Raiders looked anything but inexperienced as they simply took the visiting Raiders apart, dominating play at the net and using pinpoint accuracy from the service line to keep the NQ attach from getting off the ground.
The closest game of the afternoon was the third and final game as the visitors battled long and hard before bowing 25-19 after getting outscored 25-14 and 25-8 in the match’s first two games.
Down 2-0, the visitors looked to be ready to claw their way back into contention early in Game 3, grabbing leads of 4-0 and 8-5 before the Red Raiders regrouped and dominated the action over the remainder of the contest.
After pulling even at 12-12, the Red Raiders took the lead for good on a kill by middle hitter Kaylee Deluga and all but put the game out of reach when, with defensive specialist Devon Bentivegna at the service line, they ran off seven straight points to all but put the game out of reach. Bentivegna was anything but defensive in that stretch, finding every seam in the North Quincy defense and hitting those openings with well-struck serves.
By the time freshman Regan Bristol notched her first varsity kill, the lead had grown to 23-16 and it was all but over for the NQ squad.
The visitors struck first when the match got underway, scoring the first three points of Game 1 but with Bentivegna and Maribeth Martin taking turns serving up point after point, the early North lead was quickly gone as outside hitter Ashley Weik teamed with Deluga to give control of the net to the Red Raiders.
The visitors did close to within 14-11 but an ace by freshman setter Kayla Crook sparked a game-ending 11-3 run with Weik providing most of the scoring punch. Martin closed out the game with three straight serves that the NQ girls found unreturnable.
Game 2 was all BHS from start to finish as Bentivegna teamed with libero Melanie Appleman to serve the Red Raiders to an 11-0 lead.
North Quincy never recovered and Appleman set the stage for the third and deciding game by drilling in three straight serves the visitors were unable to return.
Leading the BHS offense were Weik and Deluga with nine kills apiece with Nicole Horvath chipping in with three kills and Appleman, Martin, Crook and Sarah Colby registering one kill each. Martin and Bentivegna were spot on from the service line, banging down four aces apiece.
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 10, 2009
HYANNIS – Defending state volleyball champion Barnstable High opened the season in impressive fashion, blanking North Quincy 3-0 yesterday.
The Red Raiders prevailed 25-14, 25-9 and 25-19.
Senior Ashley Weik and sophomore Kaylee Deluga each led the Red Raiders' offense with nine kills.
The defense stood strong against North Quincy, led by Melanie Appleman with 14 digs and freshman Kayla Crook with seven service points and three digs.
9/11/09 Dennis-Yarmouth @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 12, 2009
Barnstable 3, D-Y 0
HYANNIS — The Red Raiders spread their offense around and used a stifling defense to down the Dolphins 25-7, 25-8, 25-14.
Senior Melanie Appleman and junior Devon Bentivegna led the defense with a combined 17 digs for Barnstable (2-0). Sophomore Kaylee Deluga had nine kills while Lynne Hibbard, Nicole Horvath and Ashley Weik each added five kills.
Maribeth Martin had 27 assists to get the Red Raiders' offense moving.
Rachel Frederickson had 26 digs to lead D-Y (1-1). Senior captains Janelle Carriero and Amanda Woolacott were key for the Dolphins, according to coach Dru Sisson.
9/15/09 Barnstable @ Quincy
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 16, 2009
Barnstable 3, Quincy 0
QUINCY – After battling traffic and enduring a longer than expected bus trip, the Red Raiders quickly dismissed the Presidents 25-15, 25-17, 25-18.
Setter Mary Beth Martin spread the offense around, collecting 26 assists. Nicole Horvath and Kaylee Deluga led the offense with nine kills each, and Ashley Weik had seven kills.
Melanie Appleman had 14 digs to pace the Barnstable defense, and Devon Bentivegna (eight digs, two kills) and Lynn Hibbard (five kills, two blocks) played a solid two-way game.
The Red Raiders had 12 service aces, keying rallies in each of the three games.
The Boston Globe
Barnstable girls’ volleyball remains unbeaten
By Liz Torres, Globe Correspondent | September 16, 2009
Twelve-time Division 1 champion Barnstable earned a decisive win over host Quincy last night, running its record to 3-0.
The Red Raiders prevailed in the three games, 25-15, 25-17, 25-18. After the Red Raiders finished off the first two games, the Presidents rallied from a 20-12 deficit to pull within 20-18 in the third game.
But Barnstable got three consecutive kills from Ashley Weik. After a passing error by Quincy, the Red Raiders unleashed Weik as she smashed in the winning kill.
“We were more offensive than they were. You can see our seniors are stepping it up and the younger ones are getting better,’’ said Barnstable coach Tom Turco.
The state champions, who have won six straight titles, are rebuilding this year after losing seven players to graduation.
“It’s the youngest team I’ve had in about 15 to 16 years,’’ said Turco. “We’re under construction.’’
Regardless of their youth, the Red Raiders managed to carry on their dominating tradition with a consistent effort throughout the match. Captain Maribeth Martin contributed 28 assists.
Fellow senior captains Melanie Appleman (14 digs) and Weik (8 kills) made key plays. Devon Bentivegna led with 11 digs and middle hitters Kaylee Deluga and Nicole Horvath landed nine kills apiece.
Turco’s record improved to 470-46 in his 21-year coaching career at the school.
9/16/09 Attleboro @ Barnstable
By CAPE COD TIMES (www.capecodonline.com). September 17, 2009
Barnstable 3, Attleboro 0
HYANNIS – The Red Raiders used a strong service game to open their Old Colony League schedule with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 victory over the Bombardiers.
Melanie Appleman had 11 service aces while Maribeth Martin had four aces and Ashley Weik and Kaylee Deluga had two aces each for Barnstable (4-0, 1-0 OCL).
Sarah Colby led the offense with five kills and a block. Deluga and Weik added four kills each.