Index/Links of Media Reports
||Barnstable @ North Quincy, Win 3-0
||Quincy @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Dennis Yarmouth, Win 3-0
||Notre Dame @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Taunton @ Barnstablee, Win 3-0
||Bridgewater-Raynham @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Notre Dame, Win 3-1
||Dartmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Case, Win 3-1
||Falmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Taunton, Win 3-0
||Frontier @ Barnstable, Loss 2-3
||Barnstable @ Brockton, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Bridgewater-Raynham, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Westborough, Win 3-2
||Dennis Yarmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||Barnstable @ Dartmouth, Win 3-2
Barnstable Wins Old Colony League
||Barnstable @ Medfield, Loss 1-3
|Playoff Games South Sectional (First Round for Barnstable: Bye) and States
South Sectional Quarter Finals
Coach Turco: 500th Win
Dartmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0
||South Sectional Semi Finals
Barnstable @ North Attleboro, Win 3-0
||South Sectional Finals
Barnstable vs. New Bedford
||State Semi Finals
Barnstable vs. Andover
@Bridgewater-Raynam High School
|Student Athlete of the Week: Devon Bentivegna
Student Athlete of the Week: Sarah Colby
Student Athlete of the Week: Kaylee Deluga
2010 Media Reports
The Barnstable Patriot
November 25, 2010
Written by Kathleen Szmit
Girls volleyball champs again
The Barnstable Volleyball team is back. Back on top, that is. After just a season out of the state championship limelight, the Raiders captured the coveted title again in glee and glory Nov. 20 against Lincoln-Sudbury in Northboro.
In a tournament season peppered with come-from-behind wins, the Red Raiders needed just three games to take the title, besting L-S 25-11, 26-24, and 25-17 for a nice 3-0 sweep.
The packed-to-the gills gym at Algonquin Regional High was already deafeningly loud, but when the final Raider kill came over the net off the strong hand of Carolyn Morin, the scores of Barnstable fans who’d made the trek to see the game veritably exploded with excitement.
Adding to the on-court drama was the fact that the Raiders were initially deemed the underdogs after earning their spot in the finals with two come-from-behind victories against New Bedford in the South finals and Andover in the state semifinals.
“This team was amazing in they were NOT the pick to win the State Championship this year,” said head coach Tom Turco in an email interview. “New Bedford graduated only one from their State Championship team and were the favorites all the way.”
Turco, however, had faith in his girls.
“We knew we were stronger this year and would rise to the occasion,” he said. “It was a pleasure watching them grow together as a team.”
The Raiders burst onto the court in full power against L-S, taking a quick lead in Game 1.
L-S, however, swiftly reminded the Raiders that this was, indeed, a championship match, and ripped off enough points to gain a temporary lead at 6-5.
The Raiders weren’t to be swayed, peeling off seven consecutive points to regain a commanding lead and put L-S on notice.
Game 2 served as a reminder that both teams had earned their spot in the championship for a reason, proving fiercely competitive with the Warriors fighting the Raiders for every point.
When Barnstable took a 3-0 lead in the opener, the Warriors slammed in five points to wrest the lead back from their Red Raider opponents. A points-trading battle ensued, with Barnstable ultimately surging ahead 20-18.
Not to be easily outdone, L-S fought to a 24-22 lead, hovering within one point of tying the match 1-1 before Barnstable’s Kaylee Deluga smashed in two kills to give the Raiders a burst of energy.
Kayla Crook’s serving ace continued the momentum, with a solid kill from Morin sealing the second-game victory for Barnstable.
Game 3 belonged solely to the Red Raiders, who dominated their way to their 14th State Championship, the team erupting into a joyous group hug after the final point was tallied.
Recalling the team’s impressive come-from-behind efforts to reach the State finals, Turco was inspired enough to compare them to the 2004 Red Sox.
“The thought ‘destiny’ started creeping in. This was a Rubies in the
Sand: Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry Bogs team for the ages,” said Turco. “Not once did they waver on their commitment to their goals. No playing time issues. No role issues. No lineup issues. To coach a team with that type of trust is reflective of the results.”
Probably beaming brightest following the win were the team’s two seniors, Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby, both of whom were instrumental in the win.
“They were 100 percent committed to this team and I trusted them totally,” Turco said of the duo. “[They were] incredibly focused and driven girls. Their leadership of 12 underclassmen was a big reason this team was able to stay focused and motivated all season long. I loved coaching them and will miss them very much.”
Drawing on the name of the Raiders’ opponents, Turco said that in his mind it was his team that were the warriors.
“The ultimate compliment a coach can pay to a player or team is that they were ‘warriors’," Turco said. “This team indeed were warriors not only in my eyes but [also] those of so many who contacted me in regards to their success.”
The Barnstable Enterprise
November 26, 2010
The Barnstable Enterprise
November 26, 2010
Red Raiders Dispatch LS Warriors 3-0 To Win
13th State Volleyball Championship
The story had a brand new cast of characters but the ending wound up being the same, as the Barnstable High girls' volleyball team brushed aside the last challenge of the 2010 season by defeating Lincoln-Sudbury 3-0 to win the 2010 MIAA Division 1 state championship in Northborough on Saturday.
In winning the 13th state title in school history, this year's Red Raiders completed the task they set for themselves back in August and capped their 21-2 campaign with another great team effort that forced the West-Central champions into submission.
The Red Raiders had set a pretty high bar for themselves, winning two grueling five-game matches to earn their title shot, and, although they did not play quite as well as they had against both New Bedford and Andover, they still had too much of everything as far as the Warriors were concerned, posting the 25-11, 26-24 and 25-17 victories.
In their biggest game of the season, the Red Raiders got championship-caliber performances from every player that took the floor and despite a very gallant effort by the Warriors, they were not to be denied.
"What can I say about these kids but that they never give up," said BHS coach Tom Turco. "A lot of the credit has to go to my senior captains [Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby]," he said. "We have mostly underclassmen on the roster but from the first day of practice until today, the senior leadership has been there."
Playing before a packed house at Algonquin Regional High School, the Red Raiders, who had started slowly in their two previous matches, did not fall into that trap as they got excellent backline play from Nikki Deluga and hard-hitting efforts from Kaylee Deluga and Regan Bristol to pull away from a 6-6 tie. Nikki made two great diving gets to keep alive points her teammates would later score while both Kaylee and Bristol pounded down kills.
With Colby delivering her south-paw specials from the service line, Bristol and Aine Cole combining on a block of Warrior middle hitter Natalie Wohl and Stephanie Martin making two outstanding defensive plays, the Red Raiders ran off six straight points to take control of the game.
Nikki Deluga came up with yet another defensive gem that led to a cross-court kill by outside hitter Carolyn Morin, setter Kayla Crook came up with a great diving get that actually found a hole in the LS defense for a point and Kaylee Deluga knocked down two more kills to extend the Barnstable lead to 22-11 to force the Warriors to call a timeout.
The momentary pause only delayed the inevitable as two blocks by Kaylee Deluga and kills by Bristol and Lynne Hibbard finished off the Warriors and gave the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead as the second game got underway but the Warriors let them know they were in for a fight with Wohl and Mandy Sifferlen providing the firepower that gave LS its first lead at 4-3 and then extended that advantage to 12-9, which forced the Red Raiders to call a timeout.
Barnstable began to find the range again and cut into the LS lead with a tip-in by Kaylee Deluga
and a kill by Bristol getting the close before Hibbard knotted score at 16-all with her tap down a too-long return of serve.
The teams traded points until Warriors got kills from outside hitters Lindsey Jones and Kelly White to open up a 22-20 lead.
Moments later, a pair of kills Braverman put the Warriors one point away from tying match at one game apiece but point never came as Deluga ripped a kill through the middle of the defense then tipped another over two Warrior defenders to Barnstable even at 24-24.
Morin capped the impressive comeback in impressive style, blasting a kill through a double-block attempt by the Warriors for the game-clinching point.
The Warriors showed they were made of sterner stuff as they shook off the disappointing loss and battled the Red Raiders for every point in the early going of the third game.
An early 5-1 BHS lead disappeared in no time as consecutive scoring plays by LS's Emily Rudder pulled the Warriors to within 8-7.
Aine Cole's second-chance kill and Morin's cross-court score helped the Red Raiders open up a 14-9 edge but again they were unable to hold the lead as Jones came through with a block and a kill to get the Warriors to within 14-12.
That proved to be the best the Warriors had and they found out almost immediately that it wasn't going to be enough. Two diving gets by Nikki Deluga on the same possession, a nice play at the net by Hibbard and a Kaylee Deluga blast that found the back line pushed the lead to 18-13.
An LS timeout did nothing to stow down the BHS title express as Cole and Hibbard combined to block a Rudder kill attempt and Bristol, who picked a great time to play her best match of the season, followed with back-to-back kills to make it a 22-15 game.
The Warriors got a kill from Braverman to close to within 24-17 but Morin closed out the Warriors, the game, the match and the season when she went cross court with the kill. It was the third straight match in which Morin has scored the match-deciding point.
Leading the Red Raider offense were Kaylee Deluga with 15 kills and three aces, Bristol with nine kills and four aces, Morin with six kills. Cole with five kills, Hibbard with two kills and Crook with one kill and 29 assists. The Red Raiders also got standout defensive efforts from Colby, Bentivegna, Martin and Nikki Deluga.
CAPE COD TIMES by Geoff Converse, November 21, 2010
State Finals, Barnstable vs. Lincoln-Sudbury @ Algonquin Regional High School
November 20, 2010
Raider reign: Barnstable champs again
After one-year hiatus, Barnstable volleyball regains rightful place as Div. 1 state champion
NORTHBORO – There's no place like home.
After failing to make it past the sectional semifinals in 2009, breaking a string of six straight state title winning seasons, the 2010 Barnstable High School girls volleyball team regained what seems to be its rightful place atop the state's volleyball squads with a resounding 3-0 win over Central/West Champion Lincoln-Sudbury in the MIAA Div. 1 state final at Algonquin Regional High School on Saturday.
The victory, which came by scores of 25-11, 26-24 and 25-17, lifted Barnstable to its 14th state title in the past 18 years and gave the Raiders a final record of 21-2 for the 2010 campaign.
“The kids got the job done,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said. “We've been coming back all season long, but this time we came out and played a complete game from start to finish.
“We're just as good a team as the past state champions from Barnstable. The difference now is that the volleyball community in Massachusetts is vastly improved and the level of competition is stronger across the board. That was a very good Lincoln-Sudbury team we beat today. They never gave up and fought to the end.”
When Carolyn Morin slammed a kill past two diving Lincoln-Sudbury defenders to lock up the crown, there was an eruption from the large Barnstable contingent on hand in the standing-room-only gym.
It was Morin's sixth kill of the game, third of the final set and it was the exclamation point on the victory.
To get to the finals, Barnstable staged a pair of five-set wins, both of the come-from-behind variety, to earn the right to battle the Warriors, who finish 21-2.
The Raiders beat last year's state champion New Bedford 3-2 in the South final, then stopped unbeaten North champion Andover 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in games.
Barnstable had its way most of the afternoon. Kaylee Deluga led the offensive charge with 15 kills, followed by Regan Bristol's nine.
“Kaylee picked a great time to play that kind of game,” Turco added in praising the middle hitter, who also logged three aces from the service line. “She's a heck of a player.”
Unlike the previous two matches, Barnstable came out firing on all cylinders – grabbing the early lead in game 1, falling behind 6-5, then running off the next seven points to put the Warriors on their heels.
Lincoln-Sudbury got as close as 13-9 before a 12-2 Raiders scoring stretch, including the final six points, gave Barnstable the opening game win.
“We came out fast right away,” said co-captain Devon Bentivegna, one of only two seniors on the squad.
“That was our game plan. We really wanted to win this one because last year was very disappointing. That was a motivator for us and this was the ultimate goal: win it all.”
The second game was the most competitive of the day as the Warriors again trailed Barnstable early, 3-0, but roared back with five points to grab the lead. The teams battled back and forth until Barnstable went up 20-18 on an Aine Cole kill, one of five she tallied in the match.
The Warriors then gathered momentum by taking six of the next eight points to lead 24-22 and come within one point of tying the match at 1.
But this is a resilient Barnstable squad that has been battling back all season and is used to close matches. The Raiders proceeded to rattle off the next four points. Deluga with two rockets, an ace on a serve by Kayla Crook and another game-winning kill by Morin gave the Raiders the 2-0 advantage and the shoulders of the players on the Lincoln-Sudbury side began to slump.
In the final game, Barnstable never trailed as Lincoln-Sudbury committed a number of unforced errors to allow the tourney-tested Raiders to lock up yet another state title.
“It's been a long season,” said Barnstable's other graduating co-captain, Sarah Colby.
“This is a lot of payoff for a lot of work and a lot of dedication by this entire team. We came in confident of what we could do and we never let up.”
And because of that, Barnstable again sits atop the high school volleyball world in Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe, www.boston.com
By Liz Torres, Globe Correspondent / November 21, 2010
Barnstable stymies Warriors
NORTHBOROUGH — Barnstable reclaimed its title as the best Division 1 volleyball team in the state yesterday, shutting out Lincoln-Sudbury, 3-0, (25-11, 26-24, 25-17).
It was the Red Raiders’ 13th state championship and coach Tom Turco’s 504th victory.
“Since last year, we were such an underdog in a way that we wanted to come back and prove everybody wrong, that we could win no matter what,’’ said sophomore Regan Bristol.
“They believed they could do it,’’ Turco said about his Red Raiders. “It’s not an entitlement, it’s a belief thing. It’s weird. I’ve never had a team come back this much.’’
Barnstable showcased its drive and resilience in the final set with Bristol (nine kills, two aces) collecting a service ace and sophomore Kayla Crook setting up junior Carolyn Morin for a kill to clinch a 25-17 victory.
“In the back of our minds we were like, this is a state championship, we have to win,’’ Bristol said. “This is for Barnstable and we have to prove to everyone that we can win.’’
The last time they met, the Red Raiders (21-2) took down the Warriors, 3-0, for the 2008 state title.
“It’s a lot of hard work paid off,’’ said senior captain Sarah Colby. “It’s an exciting end.’’
In the first set, the Red Raiders limited the Warriors’ offense with several blocks at the net, highlighting junior Kaylee Deluga’s power hitting with a kill penetrating a block and her tip, 22-11. Off a tight set by Crook (four aces), junior Lynne Hibbard blasted in a kill at the center, 25-11.
With several errors in the second set, the Red Raiders handed over a 12-9 lead with Warriors senior Lindsey Jones stepping up her plays with blocks on Deluga (15 kills, three aces) and Morin (six kills). Deluga came back to launch a kill through a double block and a strategic tip, 24-24. Crook locked in a service point with Morin following through after skimming by a double block, 26-24.
“These kids hung together out there and they amaze me, again they come back.’’ Turco said. “I love this team. They never ever give up.’’
Underdog Raiders take aim at state title
November 20, 2010 2:00 AM
In the Barnstable High School girls volleyball team's march to yet another state championship game, many words the Raiders are used to hearing have been thrown around. Words such as dominant, impressive, thrilling, and of course, victorious.
There's been one other adjective used to describe the 2010 edition of Red Raiders and this is one they're not accustomed to being tagged with: underdog.
“We're the four seed in our division,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco was quick to point out. “Never mind anything else, people didn't give us a chance in our division.”
In Barnstable's road to its 3 p.m. Div. 1 state championship game at Algonquin Regional High School today against Lincoln-Sudbury, the No. 4-seeded Red Raiders knocked off both the No. 1 (North Attleboro) and No. 2 (New Bedford) seeds to capture the South title – not to mention defeating the defending state champion Whalers in the South final to do it.
In the state semifinals, they dispatched the No. 1 seed in the North in Andover and if their quest for a seventh state title in eight years is to be completed today, they'll need to knock off one more No. 1 seed.
The tradition of success at Barnstable speaks for itself. In both 2006 and 2008 they squashed the Central/West champion Warriors' title dreams in the state semifinal and final, respectively.
That's not to say they'll be taking the Warriors lightly by any means.
“They earned their way into the state championship game and that needs to be respected,” Turco said.
But against a team that Turco admits “doesn't have many weaknesses,” the Red Raiders would do well not to dig themselves an early hole. In both the South final and the state semifinals this year, Barnstable has made a habit of needing a comeback.
The Raiders have pulled it off – which allows them to wear the moniker of underdog with pride – but each five-set match they come out of victorious has also made them stronger.
“In both matches we started pretty slow and we're hoping for a little faster start,” Turco said. “What we talk about is that it's not determined in the first rotation around.
“We've got players that have been in the states before, and so does (Lincoln-Sudbury), but I definitely have the confidence that this team is prepared mentally for any type of challenge or battle. We've proven that. They've got the ability to dig deep in tough situations.”
While it may be easy to see the Red Raiders as underdogs in some respects, you won't find any of those in the Warriors' thinking.
The 21-1 Warriors, a perennial power in their own right as winners of three of the last four Central/West titles, have made a point to not individualize opponents too much this season, state championship or not. Much like Barnstable, Lincoln-Sudbury has spent more time making sure it does what it needs to do correctly rather than preparing specifically for the Red Raiders.
“Barnstable is another town, another team, and we're all striving for the same thing,” said Lincoln-Sudbury head coach Judy Katalina. “I'm very proud of my girls for getting to this point and I know they'll be confident when they go on the court for any opponent.”
Both teams will step on the court today in Northboro with the same goal: ending a stellar season on a high note.
“How many teams get to do this in their career?” Katalina said of relishing the experience. “Very, very few. They're honored and they're proud to have gone this far and they're very excited about playing.”
CAPE COD TIMES by Amanda Comak, 11/18/2010
State Semi-Finals, Barnstable vs. Andover @Bridgewater-Raynham High School
November 17, 2010
Raiders dig deep, reach state final
BRIDGEWATER – The Barnstable High School volleyball team was pushed to the brink.
And there at the edge of elimination, the Red Raiders pushed back.
Winning the final three games of their Division 1 state semifinal matchup with Andover High School, Barnstable – a program that defines dominance – is getting used to playing the underdog.
Finding themselves in an 0-2 hole after the first two games, the Red Raiders reeled off three nail-biting victories to win 3-2: 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 15-9, to keep their season alive and set a date with Lincoln-Sudbury in the state championship Saturday at Algonquin Regional High School, tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.
“I'm never getting that leaf blower out,” said Barnstable head coach Tom Turco, his voice hoarse after yet another thrilling comeback. “Again they came back. I'm going to die when I'm 60 instead of 82.”
Judging by the way they played games 3-5, it merely took the Red Raiders two games to warm up – allowing Andover to dictate tempo and dominate the net in the first two games. While Barnstable struggled to find empty spaces on the floor for their offensive hits, the Golden Warriors balanced attack chugged right along.
But when the tables turned, when the Red Raiders began to pass, set and kill the way they're known for, they found a chink in the undefeated Warriors' armor.
They began to panic.
“That's what happened,” Andover head coach George Sullivan said. “You could see it. We were playing on our heels and we stopped blocking. That's all from heart. They wanted it but they just were afraid of losing.”
Barnstable junior Kaylee Deluga also began to dominate the game at the net. Totaling 21 kills in the match, Deluga – who went down with a left ankle injury early in the first game and, at first, looked doubtful to return – was an immense presence at the net.
In the fifth and decisive game, with the jam-packed crowd hanging on each point, Deluga picked up four of her 21 kills, each one helping to keep the Golden Warriors that much more at bay, though her sudden penchant for tipping didn't thrill her coach.
“There are quick running backs and then there are power fullbacks,” Turco said of his mid-game plea for Deluga to use her power.
“She's a power fullback that thinks she's a quick running back… She shook that (ankle injury) off. I didn't think she was going to. I thought she was done. I looked at (Meghan Mamlock) and said, ‘You've got to be ready to get in,' and she said, ‘Yea, right.' That was amazing.”
Deluga had some help. Aine Cole collected 11 kills, Regan Bristol added eight, Sarah Colby was impressive from the service line with five aces and Kayla Crook was the team's most consistent server, picking up two aces and serving out the final three points of the pivotal fourth game.
“We have such a great work ethic, and we work so hard in practice,” said captain Devon Bentivegna, who added several point-saving digs of her own. “We don't give up. Ever. Not once did we have a doubt that we don't have this.
“This is just one step to the final goal that we want. We're going to get there.”
By: Tom Moran Jr. "Sports Guy"
Red Raiders Stumble But Refuse To Fall, Advance To State Finals
It turned out to be one of those things you had to see to believe.
After playing its two worst games of the season, back-to-back no less, to open the Division 1 state semifinal match against North Sectional champ Andover, the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team put up one for the ages, battling back from the brink of disaster to stun the Golden Warriors 3-2 at Bridgewater-Raynham High School on Wednesday.
Coming off a grueling five-game match win over New Bedford, the Red Raiders came out flat and were dominated by the Warriors at every turn in the first two games but showed that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog that matters most.
For the Red Raiders, the five-game match was their second in four days and fifth of the season and the win over Andover moved their record to 4-1 in those contests.
In running their record to 20-2, the Red Raiders dropped the first two games by 15-25 and 23-25 margins before regrouping and handing the Golden Warriors (24-1) their first loss of the season by scratching and clawing their way to the 25-20, 29-27, 15-9 victories that will send them on to the D1 state championship meet against Central-West champ Lincoln-Sudbury, a 3-1 winner over the Central-East’s North Quincy.
The Red Raiders found out quickly that the Golden Warriors were going to be a handful as AHS hitters Moira Cronin and Ava Bakhtyari teamed up on a block that gave Andover the contest’s first point.
There wasn’t much upside for the Red Raiders from that point on as the Warriors took the lead for good at 4-3 and made good use of a slew of Barnstable mistakes. Bad decisions, bad passes, you name it, it was bad for the Red Raiders as the Andover lead grew steadily until the last Barnstable error of the game gave the Warriors the 25-15 win and a 1-0 lead.
The Red Raiders were more competitive in the second game but again, they did not do enough things right to beat a good team like Andover.
After falling behind 8-3 in what seemed like a blink of an eye, the Red Raiders ran off a six-point scoring run to take an 9-8 lead.
That lead was short-lived as Bakhtyari, Cronin and outside hitter Sarah Arvidson found every crease in Barnstable’s defensive alignment and helped their team regain the lead.
The Red Raiders made another charge, this one powered by kills from Kaylee Deluga, Carolyn Morin and Lynne Hibbard, that pulled them even at 22-all but the charge faltered and the Warriors pulled out the decision that put them one win away from a trip to the state finals.
As the third game got underway, the Red Raider team that beat New Bedford began to awaken from its slumber.
Diving gets by Kayla Crook and Devon Bentivegna resulted in kills by Deluga and Regan Bristol that opened up a 4-1 Barnstable lead.
The Warriors countered with a 5-2 run that evened the score at 6 apiece only to have the Red Raiders get more production out of their front line as Aine Cole, Bristol, Deluga, Morin and Sarah Colby all scored to help boost the Barnstable lead to 19-13.
Back came the Warriors as the North champs used a four-point run to trim the BHS lead to 21-19 but they got no closer as two more kills by Deluga helped the Red Raiders put this one in the win column.
The momentum was still wearing a Barnstable uniform as the fourth game got underway as the Red Raiders ran out to a 10-2 lead with Deluga providing most of the firepower by banging down four kills.
Back-to-back kills by Hibbard and Morin and a tip-in by Crook seemed to have put the Red Raiders on a direct path to the win as the lead went to 15-8 but suddenly, the Red Raiders had no answers for the Warriors, who got kills from Bakhtyari, Elise Brogan and Arvidson en route to an 10-3 scoring blitz that tied the game at 18-18.
Barnstable kills by Colby and Cole were matched by scores by Bakhtyari and Cronin as the teams traded points until a pair of kills by Cronin gave the Warriors leads of 24-23 and 25-24.
But on neither occasion could Andover put the hammer down as the Red Raiders put together a closing rush, keyed by a tip-in by Deluga and a kill by Morin, that gave them the win and forced a fifth-and-deciding game.
The Warriors were quicker out of the gate (3-1) but the Red Raiders now firing on all cylinders as their defense was once again of championship caliber and their unwillingness to be outworked proved to be an offensive catalyst.
After a kill by Arvidson pulled Andover even at 6-6, Crook put in her two cents worth, making a great diving get to save one point before catching the Warriors flat-footed with a well-placed toss that gave the Red Raiders an 8-6 lead.
The teams traded sides of the net but the momentum stayed with the Red Raiders as they hit the Warriors with more of the same, only from the opposite direction.
After being so close to knocking off their playoff nemesis, the Warriors were now helpless to keep it all from slipping away. Two tip-ins by Cole and a kill and a block by Deluga put the Red Raiders one point away from advancing to their seventh state championship match in the last eight years and Morin finished off Andover, whacking down the match-clinching kill.
“Sometimes, they play better when I leave them alone,’ said BHS coach Tom Turco. “ I had said it all and I stepped back and let them play. They knew what they had to do and they went out and got it done.”
Kaylee Deluga was the Red Raiders’ power player as she connected for 21 kills with her strong outing at the net nicely complemented by the contributions of Cole, 11 kills; Bristol, eight kills; Morin, five kills; Crook, four kills, two aces; Colby, three kills, five aces; and Hibbard, three kills.
In addition to the stellar defensive play of senior co-captains Sarah Colby and Devon Bentivegna, the Red Raiders also got excellent backline performances from Nikki Deluga and Stephanie Martin.
And last but not least, on a night when the Red Raiders struggled at the service line, a tip of the hat to freshman Holly Wilson, who went to the line in the fifth game and came through with three very big points that helped put the game out of the Warriors’ reach.
Barnstable comeback earns final berth
Boston Globe By Liz Torres
Globe Correspondent / November 18, 2010
It’s deja vu all over again for Barnstable as the Red Raiders made it to the championship game after a remarkable comeback to shut down Andover, 3-2, last night in the Division 1 state semifinal, 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 15-9.
“This team has never quit. We came back from huge deficits during the season but this team never quits,’’ said Red Raiders coach Tom Turco. “I couldn’t be prouder. I’m looking forward to getting back to the finals.’’
After being down, 2-1, the Red Raiders (20-2) charged up their offense and coverage to lead the fifth set, 13-8, with a kill from middle hitter Kaylee Deluga before a timeout.
The Red Raiders then made a tip behind a double block, 14-8, and watched as outside hitter Carolyn Morin hit a spike past two players for game point.
In the first set, the Golden Warriors (24-1) set up strong coverage behind Deluga’s spikes for a 7-3 lead to push the Red Raiders into two timeouts as Deluga landed badly on her left ankle to take her out of the set as the Golden Warriors won, 25-15.
“I was just like, oh my gosh, this better not be serious, but all the girls were fine without me and pulled it together,’’ said Deluga.
Deluga (21 kills) returned in the second set to help pick up the offense to come close, 22-21, but ultimately junior Elise Brogan ended the set with a kill, 25-23.
The third set marked the Red Raiders’ comeback as the Golden Warriors watched a lead get cut on growing errors, to fall, 20-25.
In a point-for-point duel in the fourth set, the Golden Warriors came back after being down, 13-7, with a tip from senior Moira Cronin, to lead, 25-24, but could not stop Morin (five kills), who smacked down a kill, 28-27, as the Golden Warriors missed a hit, 29-27. Sophomore Kayla Crook had a bad fall on a shoulder and was subbed out but came back in.
Opposite Sarah Colby racked up three kills and five aces and middle hitter Aine Cole added 11 kills. Outside hitter Regan Bristol contributed eight kills.
The Red Raiders move on to the Division 1 final against Lincoln-Sudbury Saturday at Algonquin Regional.
CAPE COD TIMES by Amanda Comak, 11/17/2010
Red Raiders ready to make statement
For six straight years, the Barnstable High School volleyball team found comfort at the top.
Quite simply, the Red Raiders were the gold standard, the team to beat, the 12-time state champions and winners of six in a row.
While the Red Raiders were ousted in the Division 1 South semifinals in 2009 – failing to reach the sectional final for the first time since 1992 and halting their state championship streak – their dominance and reputation as an upper-echelon program never faded.
No one knows that better than the team that will be lining up on the other side of the net tonight at Bridgewater-Raynham High School for the 7 p.m. Div. 1 state semifinals.
Staring back at the 19-2 Red Raiders in their march back to the top will be the 24-0 Andover Golden Warriors – and they've seen this episode before.
Andover, a perennially strong program that last won the North title in 2007, hasn't been able to get past Barnstable at the state level. Even in the Golden Warriors' best seasons, and this would rank as one of them, they've never won a state title.
In the past five years, Barnstable has dispatched Andover twice, topping the Warriors in the 2005 state championship and the 2007 state semifinal, both via 3-0 sweep.
“They're absolutely focused,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said of his team after punching its ticket to the state semifinals with a 3-2 victory over New Bedford. “They're not satisfied. What happened Saturday night, it was a great win.
“You've got to put this on the shelf until after the season because that was one of the best volleyball matches ever. I don't want them living on that. I'm not giving them the DVDs of that until later. I want them looking forward, not looking behind.”
If history is any guide, the Red Raiders can pencil themselves into the state final on Saturday at Algonquin High School. But this Andover team may not have the state tournament weaknesses of its predecessors.
“What I know about them is they're well-skilled and they're well-coached,” Turco said. “(Andover coach) George Sullivan has been there for a number of years and from what I understand, they've got a real strong team. They have a lot of good hitters, they have four hitters that have 110 kills or more… With a well balanced offense like that it's a challenge.”
The Golden Warriors haven't lost a match all season and have swept every team but one, Central Catholic, which they eliminated – and this time swept – with ease in the sectional semifinals.
Barnstable has gone to five games five different times this season, including in their win over New Bedford.
“I've gone through seasons where we haven't lost a set and that was just fine with me,” Turco said of how much stock he puts in that experience. “We know for a certainty that we can go a five game match, and an intense five game match, and our skills get better.”
The Red Raiders set goals at the start of the season. Winning the South wasn't one of them. Winning a state title was. They'll get their chance to move one more step closer to it tonight.
SOUTH SECTIONAL FINALS
CAPE COD TIMES by Amanda Comak, 11/14/10
Barnstable vs. New Bedord, 11/13/10
@ Pembroke High School
Red Raiders rule South again
PEMBROKE – As the raucous rumbling of the Barnstable fans in the bleachers at Pembroke High School reached its crescendo in the do-or-die Game 5 between Barnstable and New Bedford on Saturday night, the Red Raiders’ volleyball team stayed cool.
One point away from a return to the mountaintop – a seventh Division 1 South title in eight years – the building shook as the Raiders came out of a timeout and saved their game point with two sprawling digs before Lynne Hibbard sent a kill cross-court that would seal their fate.
They were South champions again.
Coach Tom Turco’s clipboard sailed into the air in celebration as his team rushed the court. The Red Raiders’ quest for a 13th state title in 18 years is still alive after a 3-2 victory over New Bedford: 19-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12.
They’ll meet North champion Andover, a 3-0 winner over Reading, in the state semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Westboro High School.
“This feels amazing,” Barnstable captain Devon Bentivegna said. “Sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Is this even real?’ That’s an awesome team. We’re so privileged to play a team like that because it makes us play even better. I’m speechless.”
After six consecutive Div. 1 South sectional and state titles, Barnstable was unceremoniously ousted from the South semifinals last season by the same New Bedford team they saw across the net Saturday.
This time, the Raiders did it with comebacks in each of their three victories. Barnstable didn’t take a lead in Game 2 until the score was 20-19 in favor of the Red Raiders.
They also played from behind again midway through Game 4 before again taking the lead at 20-18 and in the first-to-15 Game 5, they didn’t gain control until the score was 10-9.
“This team deserves to be here,” Turco said after his 502nd career victory. “They battled all year long. I looked up at the score in Game 2 and I went, ‘Oh gosh, I’ll be raking leaves tomorrow.’ They came back and they didn’t quit, it’s unbelievable.”
“That second game was key for us,” New Bedford head coach Neil Macedo said. “We had a lead the whole way and we let them back in right at the end and they took it from us. That was a big key in the whole match. We go up 2-0 and it’s a different ballgame.”
While New Bedford and stellar middle hitter Maura Manley kept the Red Raiders a little out of sync early, Barnstable stepped up its blocking game in the fourth contest with Hibbard, Aine Cole, Regan Bristol and Kaylee Deluga playing huge at the net.
Manley finished with 34 kills on the night but with the Red Raiders quelling many of the Whalers’ other hitters, her points weren’t enough.
“It’s like the Larry Bird effect,” Turco said of Manley. “You know she’s going to get her 30 points. … Lynne Hibbard played the match of her life. They all played well.
“You play a final game to 15, I can’t believe that was the score, I was just praying man, ‘Hit it off the block.’ ”
And when the Whalers’ hits did get through, especially in the final two games, the Barnstable defense was ready. Kayla Crook and Bentivegna made several near-impossible digs for the Red Raiders late to keep pivotal points alive.
Their offense did the rest. Deluga finished with a team-high 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Cole wasn’t far behind with 13 kills, four blocks and two aces.
Hibbard added eight kills and five blocks while Bristol contributed six kills and two blocks. Carolyn Morin finished with five kills and captain Sarah Colby was impressive both at the net and the service line.
“That was amazing,” Deluga said. “The whole season, we worked to this one moment and it’s a crazy feeling, it’s awesome.”
The Barnstable Enterprise
Tom Moran, Jr. "Sports Guy"
Friday, November 19, 2010
South Sectional Title Returns To Its Rightful Home, Red Raiders Team Effort Too Much For Whalers
The queen is dead, long live the queen.
After having their 16-year run of Division 1 South Sectional finals appearances snapped by the New Bedford Whalers in 2009, the Barn-stable High girls' volleyball team reclaimed its position on the South Sectional throne by outlasting those same Whalers 3-2 at Pembroke High School last Saturday.
In a match that featured thrilling rallies highlighted by incredible defensive play by both squads, when it came down to which team wanted it more, the Red Raiders proved themselves to be that team.
Making their revenge over the Whalers that much sweeter was the fact that in all five games of the 19-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12 win, the Red Raiders found themselves trailing on the Scoreboard but, much to the chagrin of their New Bedford rivals, on three of those occasions they showed the stuff of champions with come-from-behind victories.
Early on, the Red Raiders looked like anything but possible champions as they made little mistakes in every aspect of the game that allowed the Whalers, behind the power blasts of outside hitter Maura Manley, to put themselves in position for a second straight South Sectional title.
That never happened though because the Red Raiders got winning plays from all over the floors as players stepped up at different times to give their team what proved to be a championship advantage.
The Red Raiders were slow out of the starting blocks as Manley and fellow frontliner Cheyenne Howard powered the Whalers out to a quick 10-4 lead. The Red Raiders countered with solid play at the net by Kaylee Deluga, Regan Bristol, Lynne Hibbard and Aine Cole but try as they might, they could not cut into the New Bedford lead as the Whalers took the first game.
It looked as if the Red Raiders were in for another beating from their longtime rivals when the Whalers opened the second game with a 7-2 scoring run that prompted BHS coach Tom Turco to signal for a timeout.
The strategy didn't seem to work as the Whalers extended their advantage to 10-3 before a Deluga kill gave the momentum to the Red Raiders, who used kills by Hibbard, Deluga, Bristol and Cole and shot blocks by that same quartet to cut the NB lead to 12-10.
The Whalers answered with a Manley-led charge that gave New Bedford an 18-15 advantage but back came the Red Raiders as Cole took control at the net, tipping in one shot to tie the score at 19-19 before powering a kill through the defensive efforts of two Whalers to give Barnstable its first lead of the match at 20-19.
The Whalers tried mightily to regain the lead but some fantastic defensive play by the Red Raiders denied every NB challenge and a Deluga kill closed out the game and evened the match at a game apiece.
The momentum did not carry over into the third game however as the Whalers used a four-point service line run by Manley to take a lead they would not give up. Trailing 17-12, the Red Raiders battled back to knot the game at 19-all but their service receive game fell apart as the Whalers took the win and the 2-1 lead.
The Red Raiders finally got off to a better start than their rivals in the fourth game as great defensive play by Hibbard, Cole, Kayla Crook and Nikki Deluga helped them open up an 11-7 lead.
The Barnstable lead went the way of the passenger pigeon as Manley took command at the net and the Whales put together a 10-2 scoring run that put them on top 17-13.
It was put up or shut up time for the Red Raiders and did they ever put up as a tip shot by Kaylee Deluga, a kill by Hibbard and a block of a Manley shot by Cole, Deluga and Hibbard knotted the score at 17-17.
The Whalers got the lead right back but a kill by Hibbard off a nice backset by Crook and a pair of blocks by Hibbard and Cole put the Red Raiders in position to win and even the match, which they did when Bristol blasted in a kill for the game-winning point.
In the all-or-nothing fifth game, the Whalers again beat the Red Raiders to the punch, grabbing a 4-1 lead on Manley's 31st kill of the night (she would finish with a match-high 34).
Back came the Red Raiders with kills by Deluga and Cole helping Barnstable trim the lead to 8-6 as the teams changed sides.
The Red Raiders took the lead for what proved to be the last time when Howard's return of serve went long for a 10-9 BHS advantage.
The Whalers looked to be ready to pull even but that was just a mirage as the Red Raiders got great running gets from Crook, Devon Bentivegna and Carolyn Morin to pull out the point and keep the lead intact.
A service ace by Cole and a great get by Nikki Deluga helped the Red Raiders increase their advantage and with the Whalers hoping against hope, the Barnstable girls again played great team defense, with all six players on the floor having a hand in keeping the ball alive until Morin knocked down the kill that brought the South Sectional championship trophy back to Hyannis.
One thing that must be mentioned is the offensive heroics mentioned above would not have been possible if not for the phenomenal backline play of senior co-captains Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby, Nikki Deluga and Stephanie Martin. The quartet combined for more than 60 digs in the match and, despite giving up the 34 kills to Manley, kept the Whalers' big hitter from taking control of the game. On many occasions, shots by the NB outside hitter that would normally have been kills were instead handled easily by the Red Raider defenders and turned into offensive chances for their teammates.
Leading a balanced BHS attack were Kaylee Deluga with 19 kills, two blocks and an ace, Cole with 13 kills, four blocks and an ace, Hibbard with eight kills and five blocks, Bristol with six kills and two blocks and Morin with five kills and Crook with 41 assists.
The Red Raiders' superb defensive effort was led by Bentivegna with 25 digs, Colby with 19 digs, Martin with 11 digs and Nikki Deluga with eight digs.
SOUTH SECTIONAL SEMI-FINAL
CAPE COD TIMES, by Paul Godfrey, 11/12/10
Barnstable @ North Attleboro, 11/11/10
Raiders cruise to South volleyball final
NORTH ATTLEBORO – With a serve and return game that was equally effective, Barnstable is back after a one-year hiatus to its customary place in the world of high school volleyball – in the Division 1 South final.
The fourth-seeded Red Raiders knocked off top-seeded and previously undefeated North Attleboro in three straight games Thursday night in the sectional semifinals before a large crowd of supporters from each side.
Barnstable improves to 18-2 with the 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 victory and will face No. 2 New Bedford for the South title Saturday at 6 p.m. at Pembroke High School.
The Red Rocketeers, who had yet to be extended to the five full games and had swept their opponents in 17 matches, sees their magical season end at 21-1.
The Red Raiders methodically pulled away in the opener, took quick control of game two and scored six of the final eight points to capture the clincher.
Senior captain Sarah Colby won four straight points on her serve to put Barnstable on the brink of the victory and two points later, it was over when a North Attleboro went into the net.
“At tournament time you've got to be attacking and can't be passive,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco, who recorded win No. 501 two nights after hitting the 500 milestone in the tournament-opening win over Dartmouth. “I thought we served well and we got the ball into play on the returns.”
Junior Kaylee Deluga had 14 kills and three aces for the Red Raiders while Regan Bristol and Aine Cole had six and five kills, respectively. Senior captain Devon Bentivegna had a pair of aces and came up with numerous key digs in providing excellent defense on the backline.
“Tonight, my girls didn't play their game,” said North Attleboro coach Lorraine Weymouth. “We're an offensive team and we just didn't hit. If we could have got our service defense going it might have been a different match. But Barnstable's a great team – hats off to them.”
The Red Raiders led for the entire second game and nearly all of the third before a late rally by the hosts gave them an 18-17 lead. Barnstable took a timeout and after trading a point immediately after, closed out the match in convincing fashion.
Boston Globe by Liz Torres, 11/12/10
Barnstable nets upset
N. Attleboro’s hopes for perfect season swept away
Barnstable halted North Attleboro’s march toward a perfect girls’ volleyball season, sweeping past the host Red Rocketeers, 3-0, last night in a Division 1 South semifinal match.
After starting the season 21-0, North Attleboro is going home, finishing with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 loss.
“‘They’re 21-0. That was our expectation. They’re a program on the rise,’’ said Red Raiders coach Tom Turco, who collected his 501st career victory. “But we’re not intimidated by anybody.’’
“We just came out strong and playing like we were playing our championship game,’’ said Red Raiders setter Kayla Crook.
Up two sets and holding a narrow 22-19 lead, Barnstable was able to finish off the Red Rocketeers.
Middle hitter Aine Cole (five kills) landed a spike for a 23-19 lead and Sarah Colby followed with an ace to make it 24-19.
North Attleboro fought off elimination, using a double block and a Barnstable hitting error to cut the deficit to 24-21.
But a couple of service errors ended it, sending Barnstable (18-2) to the sectional final against New Bedford (18-1) tomorrow in Pembroke.
Middle hitter Kaylee Deluga (14 kills, 1 block, 3 aces) and Crook, who is ranked second in the state in assists, set the tone from the start.
By: Tom Moran Jr.
Red Raiders Down Top-seeded North Attleboro 3-0
Some habits are hard to break.
After having its 17-year streak of South Sectional finals appearances broken last year, the Barnstable High girls volleyball team punched its ticket to the 2010 South finals by punching out previously unbeaten and top-ranked North Attleboro 3-0 in semifinal round action last night.
The Red Rocketeers, who were 21-0 going into the match, were the third unbeaten team the Red Raiders (18-2) had faced this season but, after bowing to both Frontier Regional and Medfield, they wasted no time letting their hosts know that their status as an unbeaten would soon be over.
In what was their most impressive outing of the season to date, the Red Raiders got outstanding performances from every player that took the floor with the tone for the team being set by the superlative efforts of senior co-captain Sarah Colby and Devon Bentivegna.
Bentivegna was close to flawless both at the service line and receiving serve while Colby made big plays all over the floor.
But leaders are only as good as their followers and on this night, the followers were first-rate as well.
Despite the fact that the Red Raiders won the match in three games (25-19, 25-16 and 25-21), this was not a one-sided affair as points for both teams were hard-earned and, until Colby put together a five-point stay at the service line at the end of the third game, neither team was able to put together any kind of sustained offensive charge.
Both teams came out a bit tentative before a kill by BHS middle hitter Kaylee Deluga gave the Red Raiders a 5-4 lead. The Red Rocketeers stayed close behind their middle hitter Jen Perkins but the Red Raiders started getting points from all their front line players and it wasn’t long before the Barnstable lead had been stretched to 17-11.
Keys to the steady scoring pace was the smart play of setter Kayla Crook, who made all the right decisions with the ball, and the offense provided by Aine Cole, Regan Bristol, Carolyn Morin and Lynne Hibbard.
The Red Rocketeers closed the gap to 23-19 but back-to-back kills by Morin and Deluga gave the first game win to the Red Raiders.
North Attleboro scored the first point of the second game on a block by Perkins but it was all downhill from there as the Red Raiders scored nine of the next 11 points to take control.
With Bentivegna getting to everything the Red Rocketeers threw her way and Crook turning defense to offense with her on-target sets, the Barnstable attack flourished as kills by Hibbard, Deluga and Bristol helped their team boost its lead to 14-6.
Bristol was the big gun in the scoring run as she knocked down two kills, added a tip-in for another score.
The North Attleboro coach called two timeouts in hopes of getting her team back on track but all that did was delay the inevitable as the Red Raiders kept getting points from an ever-changing array of players as their lead peaked at 23-13.
And any thoughts about a miracle comeback disappeared when Bristol came up with a big block on a kill try by NA’s Megan McHugh.With the match and their season on the line, the Red Rocketeers played with a sense of desperation in the third game and their renewed efforts kept the Red Raiders from closing things out in an easy fashion.
The game was close throughout with the Red Raiders, behind some outstanding serves from Stephanie Martin, continued solid back line play from Bentivegna and Nikki Deluga and more big plays up front from Kaylee Deluga, Cole and Bristol, opening up an early 9-6 lead.
The home team refused to go down without a fight and, when Barnstable took their foot off the pedal, the Red Rocketeers showed why they will be part of the Division 1 volleyball scene for a least the next couple of years as McHugh, Perkins and libero Kim Hallahan powered a scoring run that tied the Red Raiders at 17-all and then gave their team its first lead (18-17) since the opening minutes.
That prompted a BHS timeout, and the strategy worked as a tip-in by Cole knotted the score at 19-19 before Colby ran off five straight points, with a kill by Bristol and a great off-balance shot by Cole benefitting the Barnstable cause, to put her team on the brink of a trip to the South Sectional finals.
The Red Rocketeers final wound was self-inflicted as a serve into the net gave the Red Raiders the match-clinching point.
“Everybody played extremely well today,” said BHS coach Tom Turco. “We did a great job of receiving serve and that allowed us to be very aggressive on offense. Plus we had players really step up their level of play and that made us a very tough team to contend with.”
Kaylee Deluga paced the BHS offense with 14 kills and three service aces and got plenty of support from Bristol (six kills and two blocks), Cole (five kills and a block), Morin (three kills ) and Hibbard and Crook (two kills apiece). Crook was also the club’s top playmaker with 24 assists.
Bentivegna set the defensive tone with her 14 digs (to go with a pair of service aces) and she also got plenty of help as Colby and Martin came through with nine digs each and Nikki Deluga added eight digs.
South Sectional ShowdownThe Barnstable High Volleyball team will take on longtime rival New Bedford in the MIAA Division 1 South Sectional finals tomorrow night at Pembroke High School. The match is scheduled for a 6 PM start. The second-seeded Whalers (18-1) defeated Notre Dame of Hingham 3-0 last night to advance.
SOUTH SECTIONAL QUARTER-FINALS
COACH TURCO -- 500TH WIN
CAPE COD TIMES, 11/10/10
Dartmouth @ Barnstable, 11/9/10
Barnstable nets milestone for Turco
HYANNIS – It was a five-star evening for coach Tom Turco and the Barnstable girls volleyball team on Tuesday night.
The No. 4 Red Raiders (17-2) advanced to the Division 1 South semifinals with a three-game sweep over fifth-seeded Dartmouth (14-3) and Turco reached a major coaching milestone in the process.
“I’ve had excellent coaches to work with and great players who’ve bought into the team concept over the years,” said Turco, who notched his 500th career win at Barnstable and improves to 500-51 during his 23 years as varsity coach. “Barnstable has been extremely supportive of our program and it’s especially gratifying to reach this (milestone) all at one place.”
Despite being taken to the limit in Game 2, the Raiders moved on with a 25-10, 26-24, 25-15 victory over the defensive-minded Indians and will play at North Attleboro in the semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m.
Leading the way was Barnstable’s one-two punch of Kaylee Deluga and Carolyn Morin, who combined for 22 kills and were virtually unstoppable around the net.
Morin was especially effective down the stretch with five of her 10 kills in the third and final game, while Deluga led both teams with 12 kills.
Kayla Crook was outstanding setting up her teammates around the net and --- set the tone in the backline with several diving saves.
“Dartmouth is a solid defensive team and we had to be aggressive the whole way,” said. “We backed off in Game 2 and they forced us into several mistakes and took a late lead. But our girls refused to lose and came away with the win at the end. That was the crucial game.”
Enjoying her best game of the season for the Indians was senior tri-captain Jackie Starrett, who finished with 10 kills and six digs. Erin Butler and Molly Brown (3 kills) led the defensive effort with eight digs apiece.
“It was tough coming here to play Barnstable at their place and we didn’t have our best matches,” said Dartmouth coach Diane Brown. “But our girls battled hard and played good volleyball against an attacking team.
“That second game was a killer, especially when we had several leads only to lose each one. If you have a lead, you have to be able to finish out and win it.”
Barnstable set the tone early by taking an 11-1 lead in the first game thanks to aggressive net play by Morin, Deluga and Lynne Hibbard and withstood a five-point flurry by the Indians to nurse a 15-10 advantage.
A kill by Sarah Colby allowed the Red Raiders to regain the momentum and a block by Deluga and kills by Morin and Deluga finished out Game 1 for Barnstable.
Game 2 was a different matter as Dartmouth played outstanding defense and forced the hosts into several mistakes throughout. Kills by Starrett and Brown gave the Indians an early 5-1 lead, only to see Barnstable come back to take a 6-5 lead.
After the hosts took leads of 12-9 and 16-11 on a kill by Deluga, Dartmouth came roaring back to take a 21-18 advantage on kills by Brown, Pires. After the Raiders closed it to 22-21, the visitors came within one point of winning Game 2 by taking a 24-21 advantage.
But a block by Regan Bristol and two straight kills by the high-flying Morin allowed the Red Raiders to clinch the exciting two-point victory.
The third and final game proved anticlimactic as Barnstable broke open an early 7-7 deadlock on kills by Cole, Morin and Deluga and a service ace by Crook to take a 14-10 lead.
Good service by Starrett and a kill by Heather Gagne cut the lead to 15-14, but kills by Colby, Crook and Morin gave the hosts a 21-16 lead and they cruised from there.
CAPE COD TIMES, 11/3/10
Barnstable @ Medfield, 11/2/10
MEDFIELD – In their final tuneup before the postseason gets under way, the Red Raiders dropped a tight four-game match to undefeated Division 2 power Medfield, 3-1.
Barnstable finishes the regular season with a 16-2 record after the 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19. Medfield, ranked No. 2 in the maxpreps.com state rankings, improves to 20-0.
The Red Raiders' only other loss came against another unbeaten, Frontier Regional, which also finished 20-0.
Kaylee Deluga had an outstanding all-around game for Barnstable with 16 kills, one block and nine services aces. Carolyn Morin and Aine Cole each recorded five kills for the Red Raiders while Kayla Crook had 26 assists.
Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby were strong defensively for Barnstable, as was freshman Stephanie Martin who came off the bench. The volleyball pairings will be announced Wednesday.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/28/10
Barnstable @ Dartmouth, 10/27/10
Raiders clinch OCL
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 2
SOUTH DARTMOUTH – Barnstable clinched the Old Colony League girls volleyball crown for the ninth consecutive year with a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Dartmouth on Wednesday night.
The Red Raiders improve to 16-1 overall and wrap up their OCL campaign 6-0. They have won the league championship in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
The Indians' only four losses this season have come against Barnstable and New Bedford.
Aine Cole sealed the 13-25, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 16-14 victory with one of her 11 kills on the night. She also had a block and an ace.
Junior Lexi Malakhoff finished with 43 assists and Devon Bentivegna had 16 digs and an ace for Barnstable.
Kaylee Deluga had 16 kills, three aces and a block and Nikki Deluga added nine digs. Other highlights included eight kills apiece from Carolyn Morin and Lynne Hibbard (one block).
The Red Raiders hit the road Tuesday to take on undefeated Medfield.
The Barnstable Patriot
October 29, 2010
Written by Kathleen Szmit
Raiders claim ninth OCL crown
If the Barnstable girls volleyball team continues on its current path of success, head coach Tom Turco will have to change his email address again.
Each time his team wins the State Championship, his email address reflects that. Given the way his team has played lately, it would seem they’re headed once again in that direction.
This week (Oct. 27) the Raiders bested Old Colony League foe Dartmouth to claim their ninth straight league title.
This marks the 10th time Barnstable has claimed the OCL crown in the past 12 seasons.
The Indians, however, didn’t make it easy on the Raiders, who won in the end with a score of 3-2, after five sets of intense play.
Dartmouth claimed the first game with a score of 13-25 before the Raiders rallied back to win the next two with tight scores of 25-21 and 25-22. Game four also belonged to the Indians, forcing a tiebreak, which Barnstable won on a kill from Aine Cole, 16-14.
Senior Devon Bentivegna had 16 digs and one ace for the Red Raiders, with Kaylee Deluga adding 16 kills, three aces and a block. Nikki Deluga had nine digs, while Lexi Malakhoff contributed 43 assists.
Earlier in the week, Barnstable trumped the D-Y Dolphins in a convincing 3-0 effort with scores of 25-7, 25-12, and 25-16.
Bentivegna led the way with 12 digs and two aces, while Kaylee Deluga added eight kills, a block and three aces. Sarah Colby had four kills and one ace. Nikki Deluga had seven digs, and Kayla Crook added 14 assists.
Turco said that a key aspect in the success of each season’s teams is their willingness to set goals at the start of each season.
“I think the fact that the players form their own team goals helps,” he said. “Also the strong senior leadership is helpful in guiding the younger players.”
The 2010 team includes two seniors, Bentivegna and Colby. Turco said both have been instrumental in the team’s victories this season.
“Devon and Sarah are both three-year varsity players so they have been through the program and they are the ones that know it best,” he said. “They are both hard working, and value the importance of being a student as well as an athlete, and have done a terrific job as captains.”
While the seniors enjoyed a good deal of playing time against D-Y, up-and-coming players were a huge part of the overall win, playing much of the final match of the night.
“Every player has a role on the team and contributes to the success of the team,” Turco said. “’There is no teacher like experience.’ I tell them that it is a possibility for any member of this team to be called to perform at a critical moment during a big match.”
Turco’s faith in his Raiders is solid.“I think the team is getting stronger all the time, and we are playing at a high energy level,” he said. “Also, the fact that we have a very tough schedule and have gone to three five-game matches prepares us for the conditioning aspects as well as dealing with the stress of a fifth game.”
On Nov. 2 the team faces undefeated Medfield, and then will prep for post-season play, a given with their stellar 16-1 (6-0 OCL) record and OCL title claim.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/26/10
Dennis Yarmouth @ Barnstable, 10/25/10
Barnstable 3, Dennis Yarmouth 0
HYANNIS — Barnstable celebrated senior night with commanding 3-0 victory over Dennis-Yarmouth with scores of 25-7, 25-12, and 25-16.
Seniors Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby each played well with Bentivegna racking up nine digs and two aces, and Colby five kills and two aces against the Dolphins (6-9).
Junior Kaylee Deluga also played well for the Red Raiders with eight kills and three aces.
Barnstable (15-1) will face Dartmouth on Wednesday for the Old Colony League Championship.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/23/10
Barnstable @ Westborough, 10/22/10
Barnstable 3, Westborough 2
WESTBORO – With the fifth and decisive game tied at eight, Aine Cole and Sarah Colby combined for two kills (Cole) and three aces (Colby) on five consecutive points to pull away and secure the Red Raiders' victory.
In a back-and-forth match, Barnstable's 15-10 win in the fifth game completed a 25-13, 20-25, 25-20, 15-25 day.
Kaylee Deluga smashed 22 kills and two aces while Cole finished the day with 11 kills, one block and two aces.
Caroline Moran and Regan Bristol each tallied seven kills and sophomore setter Kayla Crook notched 39 assists.
Barnstable (14-1) returns home for senior night on Monday against Dennis-Yarmouth.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/21/10
Barnstable @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 10/20/10
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
BRIDGEWATER — The Red Raiders used a spread out offensive attack to improve to 13-1 thanks to a 25-7, 25-7, 25-10 sweep.
Aine Cole and Kaylee Deluga each had eight kills, and Reagan Bristol, Carolyn Morin and Hannah Andres each had five kills.
Cole also had five aces, and Devon Bentivegna added three aces for Barnstable, which is 5-0 in the OCL with one league match remaining.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/20/10
Barnstable @ Brockton, 10/19/10
Barnstable 3, Brockton 0
BROCKTON – Kaylee Deluga had 15 kills and a pair of aces as the Red Raiders rebounded from their first loss of the season with an impressive 25-12, 25-12, 25-14 sweep.
Regan Bristol and Lynne Hibbard each had six kills for Barnstable (12-1) while Sarah Colby notched five kills and 10 digs. Kayla Crook had 29 assists and four aces for the Red Raiders while Devon Bentivegna had 14 digs and three aces.
Aine Cole and Carolyn Morin each had two kills for Barnstable while Nikki Deluga had a strong all-around performance.
Barnstable Enterprise, By Tom Moran Jr.
Barnstable Red Raiders KO Boxers
The Barnstable High volleyball team made sure there would be no carryover effect from the loss to Frontier Regional and did so by pounding out a 3-0 win over Brockton in the City of Champions on Tuesday.
The Boxers barely lifted a glove as the Red Raiders were in command from start to finish, chalking up the 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14 victories.
With the non-league win, the Red Raiders upped their overall record to 12-1.
The Red Raiders made sure this one got taken care of quickly as Kaylee Deluga, Regan Bristol, Lynne Hibbard and Sarah Colby took turns slicing up the Brockton defense.
Deluga led the team with 15 kills while both Hibbard and Bristol chipped in with six kills apiece and Colby knocked down four kills.
Bentivegna and Crook were two-way standouts for the Red Raiders as Bentivegna came through with 12 points at the service line and 10 digs and Crook delivered 11 points and four aces from the service line, handed out 19 assists and did her part defensively with 12 digs.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/16/10
Frontier @ Barnstable, 10/15/10
Frontier 3, Barnstable 2
HYANNIS — The Barnstable High School girls volleyball team got a strong tournament tune-up Friday afternoon, dropping the battle of undefeated squads to Frontier Regional, 3-2.
Frontier Regional, the Div. 3 West defending champions, are 14-0 after topping the Red Raiders19-25, 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 15-11.
Junior Kaylee Deluga spearheaded the offense for Barnstable (11-1) with 15 kills, two aces and two blocks. Junior Carolyn Morin added eight kills while senior captain Sarah Colby added seven kills, one ace and one block. Sophomore Regan Bristol and junior Lynne Hibbard had four kills and one block each.
Senior captain Devon Bentivegna was key on defense and sophomore Kayla Crook contributed 32 assists at setter.
Barnstable Enterprise, By Tom Moran Jr.
Unbeaten No More
Two teams went in with unbeaten records and only visiting Frontier Regional came out the same way as the Red Hawks from South Deerfield, handed the Red Raiders the 3-2 loss at the BHS gym last Friday.
A packed house was treated to tournament-caliber play from both teams but in the end, it was the Red Raiders inability to find their collective groove from the service line that allowed the visitors to take home the win.
Extended rallies and booming hits were the order of the day on both sides of the net as the Red Hawks prevailed 19-25, 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 15-11.
After the Red Raiders used a late scoring burst to win the opener, the Red Hawks stormed back behind their big hitters, Katie Daniels and Cassidy Stankowski (a combined 49 kills), and won the next two games.
In the fourth game, the Red Hawks were looking to land the KO punch while the Red Raiders were doing their darnedest to keep the match going. After the teams traded points through the early going, the Red Hawks opened up a 20-17 lead only to have Colby give her team the winning edge when she delivered a pair of kills and the game-deciding ace in the Red Raiders come-from-behind win.
Game 5 was another tug-of-war as the teams traded points until the visitors got a pair of kills and a tip-in from Stankowski to wrap up the victory.
Leading Red Raiders on the night were Deluga with 19 kills and two blocks, Carolyn Morin with 10 kills, Colby with eight kills and 14 digs, Bristol with five kills and three blocks, Hibbard with four kills and three blocks, Crook with 37 assists and 21 digs and Bentivegna with 13 service points, 33 digs and 36 serves received.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/14/10
Barnstable @ Taunton, 10/13/10
Barnstable 3, Taunton 0
TAUNTON – Junior Carolyn Morin had eight kills, one block and three aces to spearhead the Red Raiders' 25-10, 25-16, 25-6 sweep of the Tigers.
Senior Sarah Colby added 19 points from the service line, including 10 aces. Junior Kaylee Deluga added 13 kills while junior Lynne Hibbard added six kills, sophomore Regan Bristol had four kills and sophomore setter Kayla Crook had 24 assists and two aces.
Barnstable (11-0, 4-0 Old Colony League) hosts Frontier Regional on Friday night.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/13/10
Falmouth @ Barnstable, 10/12/10
Barnstable Volleyball Still Unbeaten
Barnstable 3, Falmouth 0
HYANNIS – A strong service performance helped the Barnstable girls volleyball team remain undefeated with a 3-0 nonleague victory over Falmouth on Tuesday.
Carolyn Morin had six of the Red Raiders' 17 aces in the 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 victory. Sarah Colby had five aces and Lynne Hibbard recorded four for Barnstable.
Postseason-bound Barnstable improves to 10-0 overall while the Clippers fall to 5-7.
Morin and Hibbard each had three kills for the Red Raiders as did Nikki Deluga, Kaylee Deluga and Aine Cole. Devon Bentivegna excelled on defense.
Shannon Marcoux had a strong all-around performance for Falmouth.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/8/10
Barnstable @ Case, 10/7/10
Barnstable 3, Case 0
SWANSEA – In a clash of volleyball unbeatens, Barnstable came out on top of Case 3-0 on Thursday night in one of the better comebacks veteran coach Tom Turco has seen.
The Red Raiders squeaked out a 25-23 opening win, but found themselves trailing 22-13 and 24-19 in the second game before the winning surge. They wiped out the deficit with eight kills in the winning run, three by Regan Bristol. Sarah Colby came on the floor and served the final five points to give the Raiders a 26-24 win.
Barnstable closed out a demoralized Case team 25-9 in the third game to move to 9-0. Case falls to 12-1.
Kaylee Deluga had 14 kills, three blocks and two aces, Carolyn Morin nine kills for Barnstable. Bristol and Lynne Hibbard each had six kills and three blocks, and setter Kayla Crook had 34 assists, five kills, one block and one ace.
Also for the Red Raiders, Devon Bentivegna came through with a season-high 14 digs, and Nikki Deluga eight digs.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/7/10
Dartmouth @ Barnstable, 10/6/10
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0
HYANNIS – After falling behind early in the second game, the Red Raider dug deep en route to an Old Colony League sweep of the Indians.
Devon Bentivegna came up with six service points to help Barnstable to the 25-14, 27-25, 25-14 triumph.
Carolyn Morin, Lynne Hibbard and Kayla Crook dominated with four kills each while Regan Bristol continued the offensive streak with six kills for the Raiders, who are a perfect 8-0 overall, 3-0 in the OCL.
Kaylee Deluga led with six aces and 11 kills, and Sarah Colby added four aces and four kills.
Crook led the team in assists while Nikki Deluga and Bentivegna were outstanding on defense with eight digs apiece.
CAPE COD TIMES, 10/2/10
Barnstable @ Notre Dame, 10/1/10
Red Raiders Remain Undefeated
Barnstable 3, Notre Dame 1
HINGHAM — The Barnstable volleyball team lost its first game of the season but stormed back to win three in a row against Notre Dame Academy yesterday to take the match, 3-1, and remain undefeated.
Barnstable is now 7-0 after the 15-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-22 triumph. Notre Dame, which extended the Red Raiders to five games last year, fell to 6-3.
Kaylie Deluga had 12 kills, three blocks and four aces for Barnstable while Carolyn Morin and Regan Bristol each recorded seven kills. Devin Bentivegna served six aces and added 14 digs for the Red Raiders while Sarah Colby and Nikki Deluga both contributed to the team's strong defensive effort.
Setter Kayla Crook had 28 assists for Barnstable and Lynn Hibbard had several key blocks at critical moments.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/30/10
Bridgewater Raynham @ Barnstable, 9/29/10
Barnstable 3, B-R 0
BRIDGEWATER – Kaylee Deluga led the offense as the Red Raiders stayed undefeated after a sweep of Old Colony League foe Bridgewater-Raynham.
Deluga had seven kills and 12 aces in the 25-3, 25-4, 25-12 victory, and Kayla Crook finished with 22 assists and two kills for Barnstable (6-0, 2-0 OCL).
Regan Bristol added five kills and Lynne Hibbard had two.
Playing well defensively for the Raiders were Devon Bentivegna, Nikki Deluga, Carolyn Morin and Aine Cole, who had three kills.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/23/10
Taunton @ Barnstable, 9/22/10
Barnstable 3, Taunton 0
HYANNIS – The Red Raiders extended their undefeated reign to 5-0 as they defeated the Tigers 25-16, 25-12, 25-20 in the Raiders' Old Colony League opener.
Junior Kaylee Deluga led Barnstable with seven kills and seven service aces. The Raiders face Bridgewater-Rayhnam next week.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/18/10
Notre Dame @ Barnstable, 9/17/10
Barnstable Volleyball Stumps Notre Dame
3, Notre Dame 0
HYANNIS — The Barnstable girls volleyball team rode a comeback victory in Game 1 to a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame of Hingham yesterday.
Barnstable (4-0) won the first game 25-23, fighting back from a 21-13 deficit which demoralized the visitors the rest of the match. The Red Raiders won the second game 25-14 and the third, 25-19.
Barnstable fed off a defensive stand in the first game comeback. Devin Bentivegna had five service points, including an ace, to make it close at 22-21. At 23-21, Kayla Crook stepped to the line and had three straight service points, aided by kills from Carolyn Morin and Kaylee Deluga.
Morin had 10 kills and Deluga eight kills and eight aces in the match.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/14/10
Barnstable @ Dennis Yarmouth, 9/13/10
Raiders Sweep D-Y in Volleyball
Barnstable 3, Dennis Yarmouth 0
SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Barnstable girls volleyball team went on the attack from the onset yesterday, easily sweeping Dennis-Yarmouth 3-0 in nonleague play.
Sophomore Regan Bristol led with eight kills for the Red Raiders (3-0), who won by scores of 25-8, 25-14, 25-10.
With the Dolphins leading 10-9 in the third game, Barnstable junior Nikki Deluga reeled off 16 straight points from the service line, including seven of her 11 aces on the afternoon.
Rachel Frederickson, Rosetta Nunes and Eliza Nunes each had four kills each for D-Y and Nunes added three service aces.
Anie Cole, Carolyn Morin and Kaylee Deluga had four kills apiece for the Red Raiders. Standouts included Devon Bentivegna, Sarah Colby (five aces) and sophomore setter Kayla Crook (22 assists).
BARNSTABLE ENTERPRISE, 9/17/10
Aces Are High As Red Raiders Top D-Y In Volleyball Contest
In a match where every player made a contribution, the Barnstable High girls' volleyball team remained unbeaten by blanking host Dennis-Yarmouth 3-0 on Monday.
The Red Raiders, now 3-0 on the season, showed off their skills from the service line to haul in the Dolphins, 25-8, 25-14 and 25-10.
After senior co-captain Sarah Colby carved up the Dolphin defense from the service line in the first game, the Red Raiders stuck with that theme and wound up knocking down a total of 27 aces in the match to bring home the win.
The Dolphins looked to be the more aggressive team as play got underway as the home team jumped in front 4-1 but with middle hitter Kaylee Deluga at the service line, the Red Raiders ran off four points of their own to take a lead they would not give up.
Lynne Hibbbard's cross-court kill kept the momentum on the Barnstable side of the net and when Colby found every hole in the D-Y defensive alignment with her pinpoint serves and the Red Raiders got great play at the net from Hibbard, Regan Bristol and Aine Cole, the resulting seven-point run upped the BHS lead to 16-7. It was more of the same when Nikki Deluga took over at the service line as she ripped in two aces and three more unreturnable serves as the lead went to 23-8.
Co-captain Devon Bentivegna took over from there and used, what else, but an ace to put the first game in the record books.
The Dolphins tried to regroup in the second game and managed to stay with their guests thanks to the play of middle hitter Ryan Donohue but after tying the score at 10-10 it was all BHS, as Carolyn Morin connected for three aces to help the Red Raiders put together a game-ending 14-4 scoring run. Meg Mamlock came off the Barnstable bench and made an immediate impact, clinching the win with a beauty of a block at center court.
If the Red Raiders thought the Dolphins might just pack it in, they found out otherwise as the home team broke out to a 7-2 lead in the third game but again the Red Raiders used their service game to get back into contention.
With the score again tied at 10-all, Nikki Deluga put together the best appearance of the match at the service line as she served the final 15 points of the game to give the Red Raiders the match victory.
Leading the Red Raiders on the day were Nikki Deluga with 12 aces and 20 service points, Sarah Colby with four aces, 12 service points, Kaylee Deluga with six aces and six service points, Carolyn Morin with three kills, three aces and six service points, Aine Cole with five kills and two blocks, Regan Bristol with a team-high six kills and Kayla Crook with two blocks and 15 assists.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/11/10
Quincy @ Barnstable, 9/10/10
Barnstable 3, Quincy 0
HYANNIS — The Red Raiders used a balanced offensive attack to roll past the Presidents 25-14, 25-17, 25-17.
Kaylee Deluga, Carolyn Morin, Aine Cole and Regan Bristol all finished with seven kills for Barnstable (2-0). Lynn Hibbard added three kills and Setter Kayla Crook had 18 assists.
Devon Bentivegna, Nikki Deluga and Sarah Colby played well defensively for the Red Raiders.
CAPE COD TIMES, 9/9/10
Barnstable @ North Quincy, 9/8/10
Barnstable nullifies N. Quincy
Barnstable 3, North Quincy 0
QUINCY – Barnstable opened up its girls volleyball season with a dominating road performance yesterday, sweeping North Quincy 25-14, 25-11, 25-11.
Kayla Crook paced the offense with 34 assists and 10 service points. Carolyn Morin and Kaylee Deluga had 12 and 10 kills respectively, and Aine Cole, Lynne Hibbard and Regan Bristol also contributed solid offensive games. Morin also added five service points, as the entire Red Raiders roster served well as a whole.
Nikki Deluga, Devon Bentivegna and Sarah Colby played well on defense for Barnstable, which hosts Quincy tomorrow.