The Barnstable Enterprise, November 23, 2012
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The Barnstable Enterprise, November 23, 2012
Red Raiders End 2012 MIAA Volleyball Tournament Run
With 3-1 Win Over Newton North and Their 15th Division 1 State Title
By Tom Moran, Jr.
For the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team, it would seem that winning Division 1 state championships never gets old after the Red Raiders subdued Newton North 3-1 at Algonquin Regional High School on Saturday to lay claim to their 15th state title.
The Red Raiders, who closed out their 2012 season with their 21st match win of the season, overcame a rocky start and went on to demolish the Central-West champion Tigers, gaining a measure of revenge from the only team to defeat them this season. They battled back from a 25-13 first-game defeat with the 25-16, 25-23 and 25-17 victories that made them D1 champions for the third straight year.
“I am so proud of this team,” said BHS coach Tom Turco. “This was a senior-led team and our seniors came up big all season long. After losing so many starters from last year’s team to graduation, to be state champs again says so much about how this group of girls worked all season long.”
That the match would end with the Red Raiders celebrating seemed the outcome in some parallel universe after the Tigers had their way with the defending state champs in the match’s first game, scoring the contest’s first point and never looking back.
NN setter Talya Feldman opened the scoring with a cross-court kill and teammate Alana Kink followed with a service ace and just like that, the Tigers had a lead that, as it turned out, they would not relinquish.
A kill by Barnstable middle hitter Regan Bristol and a combined block by Bristol and outside hitter Hannah Andres pulled the Red Raiders to within 3-4 but they could get no closer as they struggled to find some consistency in their offensive efforts.
Although kills by Andres and Bristol kept the Red Raiders close, the Tiger front line of King and fellow outside hitters Deanna Cortina and Keane Brazdo were getting the better of the action at the net, allowing Newton North to expand its lead.
And while the Newton North offense sizzled, the Red Raiders fizzled in almost every aspect of the game, with serves and set-up passes going long or wide and kill attempts rudely denied by the Tigers’ strong defensive play.
With their libero Maddie Lundberg at the service line, the Tigers turned the game into a runaway as Lundberg’s stint at the line added seven straight points to the Newton North total, pushing the lead to 19-8.
A kill by BHS outside hitter Colleen Kenney halted the Newton North scoring binge but the Tigers were not to be denied as a kill by Brazda and a service receive error by Red Raiders kept the Tiger lead in double digits.
A kill by Andres and combined blocks by Colleen Koen and Emma Glover and Koen and Andres gave the Red Raiders their longest scoring run of the game. The three point spurt, though, only delayed the inevitable as King closed out the one-sided 25-13 win with a toss that fell just inside the back line.
“To tell you the truth, after that first game, I was hoping we’d be able to get this to five games,” said Coach Turco, “but this team has the belief that no matter what, they will find a way to win.”
When Feldman opened the second game with a service ace, the Tigers must have been feeling pretty good about themselves. But the girls from Newtonville found out right quick that the first game was over and a whole new story was about to be written, a story that did not have a happy ending for them.
Again it was Bristol powering the Barnstable offense as the teams traded points through the early going with a tap-in by the senior middle hitter, pulling the Red Raiders into a 5-5 tie.
Koen and Kenney made their presence felt at the net for the Red Raiders as Koen banged down a kill and Kenney followed with an offspeed shot that found nothing but floor. But the Tigers countered with kills by King and Cortina to knot the score at 12-all.
The deadlock lasted no time at all as Bristol went to the service line and Koen knocked down a pair of kills that not only put the Red Raiders in front 14-12 but also forced the NN coach to signal for a timeout.
The timeout did nothing to stem the tide for the Tigers as the teams returned to the floor and Bristol connected for a pair of service aces, and Koen added another kill to her total as the Barnstable lead went to 19-12.
Holly Wilson kept the Tigers on the road out of town with a service ace, and Koen and Andres teamed up for yet another block before Koen teamed up with setter Kayla Crook to even the match at 1-1.
After an extended exchange, Koen called for the ball and Crook put the pass right where it had to be. Koen’s blast through the heart of the NN defensive alignment brought the 25-16 win to a close.
Although for the Red Raiders the term “pivotal game” doesn’t really come into play until the fifth game, the third game was very much a pivotal game for the Tigers. They came out looking to wrest the momentum back from the clutches of their South-Sectional-champion rivals.
It looked as if they were going to do just that when they snapped a 2-2 tie on a wide Barnstable return, got a kill from Brazda and a kill and an ace from Cortina and went on a 8-2 scoring run that gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead.
After donning their first-game persona for the early part of the game, the Red Raiders connected with their inner second-game and began to climb back into contention.
Andres went cross-court to end the NN run and a pair of kills by Kenny helped the Red Raiders cut the NN lead to 13-1. The momentum, however, went right back to the Tigers when a spate of ball-handling errors blunted the Barnstable charge.
With Lundberg at the service line, the Tigers scored five of the next six points to give themselves another six-point cushion (18-12), only to see that lead begin to dissolve under the increased offensive and defensive efforts of the Red Raiders.
Bristol’s great running get of an errant pass resulted in an Andres kill that not only ended the Tiger run but also launched what would prove to be the comeback that would indeed be pivotal to Newton North’s volleyball fate.
Koen banged in a kill before teaming with Crook on a block to pull the Red Raiders to within 19-18. When a toss by King sailed long, it was a brand-new game at 19-all.
Back and forth went the serve, and the accompanying point as neither team was able put two points together. That is, until Bristol ripped a kill through the middle of the NN defense and Anna Strock’s serve was returned into the net, giving the Red Raiders the 25-23 win the 2-1 lead.
The Red Raiders got off the mark quicker in the fourth game, opening up a 4-1 lead on the strength of a Bristol kill and a Crook service ace.
The Tigers countered with a 6-3 run, capped by a King kill, to pull even at 7-7. The Tigers, however, turned the serve, and as it turned out, the championship, over to the Red Raiders on a net violation and they paid the price.
Andres blocked a shot, Wilson dropped in a backline ace, Koen and Andres teamed on a block and Koen tipped a shot over a trio of defenders before back-to-back kills by Koen and Kenney put the Tigers in a 15-8 hole.
A kill by Brazda was negated by a reverse tap by Crook that caught the Tigers completely flat-footed as well as serving as the launching point of another Barnstable scoring burst.
A pair of service aces by Stephanie Martin and a Bristol kill upped the BHS lead to 20-10. Another kill by Bristol and a tap-in by Andres countered a pair of Newton North points before Koen made the Tigers also-rans with her final kill as a Red Raider.
“In the end, the pressure got to them more than it did to us,” said Coach Turco. “We play a very tough schedule and this team has so many players that have been here before. This is a stage we are used to.”
As has been the case all season long, the Red Raiders’ offense was led by the senior co-captains Crook, Bristol and Koen and, as has been the case all season long, they put up some impressive numbers.
The fact that she makes it all look so easy makes it easy to overlook Crook’s contributions but she has been the setter of record for three straight Division 1 state champions. The resume pretty much speaks for itself.
The win over Newton North overshadowed an outstanding personal achievement for the Red Raider cocaptain, who surpassed the 2,000-assist mark during the match and finished her final outing as a Red Raider with two kills, eight service points, a block, 14 digs and 34 assists.
Bristol and Koen were again the big guns in the BHS arsenal as the Red Raider middle hitters consistently outplayed their across-the-net rivals and took turns pulverizing opposition defenses. Both were at their best in the state finals with Bristol coming through with 14 kills, 13 service points with two aces, a block and five digs and Koen delivering big time with 11 kills, seven blocks and a dig.
The Red Raiders also got solid play at the corners as outside hitters Andres (nine kills, two service points, six blocks, 16 digs and 18 serve receives), Kenney (six kills and three digs), co-captain Meghan Mamlock (two assists), Emma Glover (one dig, one block) and Madison Sollows (no points but a solid effort in her postseason debut) combined to complement the heavy metal being tossed around by their middle hitters.
Leading a Barnstable defensive effort that got better with each game were Martin (five service points with two aces, nine digs and 35 serve receives), co-captain Anna Strock (three service points, four digs and four serve receives), Wilson (12 service points with two aces and six digs) and Nicole Derosier (four serve receives).
The Barnstable Patriot, November 23, 2012
Raiders claim 15th state volleyball title
By Kathleen Szmit
The noise in the gym at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough was already at the upper decibels at the start of the MIAA Div. 1 South State Championships Nov. 17, but when the Barnstable Red Raiders recorded the winning point the roar was simply deafening. Moments later the girls volleyball team hoisted aloft its 15th State Championship Trophy, capping off head coach Tom Turco’s 25th year at the helm in true Red Raider style.
“It feels good,” Turco said. “It feels great. I’m happy for the kids.”
It wasn’t an easy victory for Turco’s team, which fell dramatically in the opening game of the state finals 13-25 to Newton North, the only team that served Barnstable a loss in regular season play.
Rather than give in and go home, though, the Raiders regrouped and battled to a 25-16 Game 2 before fighting to a 25-23 Game 3 and a 25-17 final game.
It was an evening of top-notch performances for the Barnstable girls, who determinedly fought to carry on the program’s winning tradition.
There was one play that Turco felt was the true game-changer.
“We were down 13-18 and Regan made two incredible digs in the back row and we eventually won that point on a Hannah Andres kill,” Turco said. “The energy shifted and the momentum was with us.”
Senior captain Regan Bristol shined across the court, netting 14 kills, five digs, a block and a service ace. Teammate and fellow senior captain Colleen Koen was also stellar with 11 kills, five blocks and a dig, while junior Hannah Andres added nine kills, five blocks and a stellar 16 digs overall. Senior captain Kayla Crook recorded 14 digs and a whopping 34 assists, and junior Colleen Kenney added six kills, while junior Stephanie Martin added nine digs.
Crook also soared past the 2000 career assists mark this year, and became the first setter to set three State Championships since Carrie Bosworth in 1995-97.
Martin came through in a big way for the Raiders in Game 4, peeling off four straight service points (two aces) to help dig Barnstable out of a 16-9 deficit and put them on the path to glory.
There was one play that Turco felt was the true game-changer.
“We were down 13-18 and Regan made two incredible digs in the back row and we eventually won that point on a Hannah Andres kill,” Turco said. “The energy shifted and the momentum was with us.”
The victory was a fine feather in the quarter-century cap for Turco, who said that winning is a terrific product of his dedicated teams.
“I enjoy coaching and seeing a group of individuals mold into a core group working towards a single purpose,” Turco said. “They take the risk of setting their team goals very high and that is what drives them during the season. Winning is just a byproduct of that.”
In his 25 years coaching, Turco has seen many changes in the world of high school volleyball, including its level of competition, as evidenced by Barnstable’s two matches against Newton North this season.
“Volleyball in Massachusetts has gotten progressively better over the years,” he said. “We certainly knew that Newton North was a very good team and the only team to beat us this year.”
Turco said a look at the numbers boosted his team’s confidence prior to the championship match.
“Although they won the match back in October we had more cumulative points, which only means that we knew we could score on them,” Turco said. “We just had to do it when it really mattered.”
Although his team struggled in that ominous Game 1, once they regrouped they proved a powerful force.
“What turned it around in Game 2 was the realization that we could not make unforced errors and score points for them,” Turco said. “That message was conveyed by the seniors prior to taking the floor for the second set.”
Turco’s seniors definitely hold a special place in his heart each year, and 2012 is no different.
“I am very proud of my seniors. They provided tremendous leadership in a variety of ways,” Turco said. “I thought Kayla and Regan took their years of experience, coupled with their work ethic and drive, and showed the younger players what it takes to achieve at the championship level. Colleen was both a positive and productive force on the team. She handled the big pressure moment. Meghan did a great job for us on the right side blocking and Anna played great defense all year. They impacted the team in a positive way. I will miss them but I know they will be successful in the path that they choose.”
Even with the seniors leading the way, however, Turco stressed that the team’s 15th championship was a team effort.
“This indeed was a total team accomplishment,” Turco said. “They pride themselves in being ’16 players deep,’ meaning any one on the roster can and does contribute to the success of the team whether in practice or during a match.”
Experience, Turco said, paid off in the end.
“There is no teacher like experience and it seems year after year we return players who have tournament experience and know what it takes to achieve success,” he said. “That is the one value passed on every year. The leaders, seniors, reinforce to the younger players that hard work, sacrifice and teamwork will pay off.”
Cape Cod Times, November 18, 2012
Barnstable churns out 3rd straight title, 15th overall
By GEOFF CONVERSE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
NORTHBORO – Three straight and counting.
Overcoming a thrashing in the first game of the MIAA Division 1 state championship against Newton North, Barnstable put on a clinic in how winning a state title is done as Saturday night, rolling to a 3-1 win and making it three straight state titles.
Once again the Red Raiders (21-1) got to hoist the winner's trophy high overhead on the floor at Algonquin Regional High. It marks the 15th state crown in 16 trips to the state final for the Red Raiders.
For a while it looked like this might be a match that was going to go in the other direction before Barnstable avenged its lone loss of the regular season by beating the Tigers 13-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 in the battle of teams with a combined record of 43-2 going into the match.
There were a number of players who had standout games for the champions starting with seniors Regan Bristol and Colleen Koen, who did a solid job up front both offensively and defensively. Bristol served seven straight points to break up a 12-12 tie in the second game and put the Raiders in front for good in that game that eventually tied the match at 1.
Junior Holly Wilson had another strong service game with three aces and a key stretch of three straight points that brought Barnstable back from a 19-16 deficit in the critical third game to tie it up and keep the Raiders within striking distance.
In the fourth game, Wilson broke open an 8-7 match with five straight service winners to lift the Raiders to an insurmountable 13-7 advantage.
The unsung hero may have been libero Stephanie Martin, who had an outstanding match on the back line with her serve-receive play. With the Raiders leading 16-9 in the fourth game, she racked up four straight service points including a pair of aces to all but assure Barnstable the crown.
“Our kids were ready for this one,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco, who had some doubts after the opening game. “We were prepared and I was hoping that we would come out fast at the start, but when we lost that one by as big a margin as we did, I was thinking I'd be happy with an opportunity to play a fifth game.”
That was not necessary as this club again shook off a balky start and righted the ship. Unlike the state semifinal win over Lincoln-Sudbury that went five games and saw Barnstable overcome a 10-4 deficit in the tiebreaker, this time, Barnstable tied it at 1 after two games and then put the hammer down and never let up the rest of the way.
“We started out strong and everything was going our way,” said Newton North head coach Richard Barton. “But then we lost the momentum somewhere and we were never able to get it back.”
And the way the Raiders played after that opening game, they had no intention of giving Newton North the momentum they had lost.
“We have a lot of respect for the Newton North team,” Barnstable's Turco said. “But, you have to remember that our team has been here three years in a row. Our kids are used to this stage and I think that had a lot to do with the success we had tonight.
“They say that the hardest battle you have is to win after a great victory. After we beat Lincoln-Sudbury in the semis the way that we did and then to play the opening game tonight like we did, I was worried.
Newton North has a lot of weapons. They come at you in so many ways,” Turco added. “But these kids have a lot of confidence in what they can do. Losing to them during the regular season got their attention. I don't think they wanted that to happen again.”
When Koen spiked the final point into an open area in the middle of the Newton North side to give Barnstable the title, it put this team in a class of its own. Three straight titles is no easy feat.
“These were the two teams that should have been playing for the title,” said Newton North's Barton. “Barnstable happened to be the team that played the best tonight. They earned the win tonight. That's a good team and a solid program.”
Kayla Crook, who went into Saturday night's match 11 assists shy of 2,000 for her career, easily eclipsed the milestone in a standout performance.
Barnstable, led by 5 senior captains, takes its shot at another state title
By CAPE COD TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org November 17, 2012 2:00 AM
The Barnstable High School volleyball team wasn't expecting the trip back to the Division 1 state finals to be easy, and it certainly hasn't been.
But the Red Raiders are here and go for their third straight Div. 1 state championship tonight against Central-East champion Newton North at 6 p.m at Algonquin Regional High School in Northboro.
The two-time defending state champions will be looking to add a 15th state crown to the Barnstable trophy case.
Lincoln-Sudbury put a scare into Barnstable's three-peat hopes on Wednesday, pushing the South champions to a thrilling five-game match in the state semifinals. They almost didn't escape.
But in the end, like so many years before, they were celebrating after surviving. The game scores were 27-29, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12.
Barnstable (20-1) hadn't lost a set in the tournament, sweeping each of its opponents up to the state semifinal. But after falling behind 2-1 through three games against Lincoln-Sudbury, the Raiders rallied to win the final two games, even after facing a 9-3 deficit in Game 5.
"It's not a matter of being tested," said Red Raider head coach Tom Turco. "Those are how the matches should be. There's a lot of good volleyball in this state so I knew the match would be close and a hard-fought game."
Seniors middle hitter Colleen Koen (13 kills) and outside hitter Regan Bristol (31 kills) keyed the comeback, pushing Barnstable to a 10-10 tie before the eventual 15-12 win. Setter Kayla Crook's 54 assists pushed her career total to 1,989.
The Barnstable quintet of senior captains Koen, Bristol, Crook, Meghan Mamlock and Anna Strock have a wealth of tournament experience. While Crook and Bristol are the only four-year varsity starters, all five have been with the program at some level through the Div. 1 state titles in 2010 and 2011.
"This has been a real senior group with Kayla, Regan, Colleen, Anna and Meghan," Turco said. "They have a lot of experience and have been real good role models for the younger kids with a lot of leadership, and I'm looking forward to one more match with them."
For their efforts in the intense semifinal, the Red Raiders get a rematch against the Newton North Tigers (23-1), the only team that has defeated them this season.
Newton North knocked off previously undefeated North champion Andover in its state semifinal on Tuesday night with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 sweep. Senior setter Keane Brazda, a Bucknell commit, had six points in the third game and setter Talya Feldman made key blocks to set up the win.
The Tigers snapped Barnstable's 42-game win streak on Oct. 24 and, just for parity sake, Newton North's only loss this season came to Lincoln-Sudbury.
Barnstable's final preparations on Friday included watching film of its earlier match with Newton North, so if the players needed it, the outcome probably provided a little extra dose of motivation.
But Raiders have been here before and know what's at stake.
"They certainly know that (Newton North) is a really good team," Turco said. "Having faced them, and having gone through that experience, I think they'll be ready,"
The Barnstable Enterprise, November 16, 2012
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The Barnstable Enterprise, November 16, 2012
Red Raiders Stun Lincoln-Sudbury In Division 1 State Semifinal Showdown
Earn Shot at Newton North with 15th State Championship at Stake
If the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team needed a theme song for Wednesday night’s Division 1 state semi-final matchup with Central-West champion Lincoln-Sudbury then Molly Hatchett’s “Flirting With Disaster” would have been more than appropriate.
Although the South Sectional champions did indeed do some flirting with disaster, in the end it was the Warriors who saw their world come crashing down when the Red Raiders added another thrilling chapter to the history of BHS volleyball with their come-from behind 27-29, 25-14, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12 victory.
After splitting the first four games with L-S winning games one and three and the Red Raiders games two and four, it was the Warriors that looked to be ready to move on to a state finals showdown with Newton North when they opened up a 10-4 leading in the fifth and deciding game.
What the Warriors failed to realize is that the Red Raiders now had them right where they wanted them, blitzing the Central West champs with an 11-3 scoring run that put them in position to defend their 2011 state title against the only team to defeat them this season.
“It took us a while to hit our stride but we got it done when it counted,” said BHS coach Tom Turco. “We got a boost from Colleen Kenney, and Colleen Koen and Regan Bristol did what they do all the time. Lincoln- Sudbury is a very good team and this is exactly what I expected this match to be like.” With the win, the Red Raiders upped their season’s record to 20-1.
The Red Raiders certainly got all they could handle and more from the Warriors but after seeming to take control in the fifth game, Lincoln- Sudbury just didn’t have what it takes to seal the deal.
After winning the fourth game with a display of power volleyball that was delivered by Bristol and Koen, it might be assumed that the Red Raiders would be able to carry that momentum into the fifth game but we all know what happens when you assume anything for it was the Warriors that went right to work.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the Warriors had a 4-0 lead and, after the Red Raiders closed to within 5-3 on a kill by Kenney, scored six of the next seven points to open up a 10-4 scoreboard advantage.
The Barnstable comeback had a very innocuous start as the Warriors surrendered the serve and a point on a return shot that went wide right.
With the ball back in their possession and Holly Wilson at the service line, the Red Raiders began to chip away at the L-S lead with Koen and Hannah Andres teaming up to block a shot before a kill and a tipin by Koen cut the Warrior lead to a single point at 10-9.
Wilson then did a little bit of playmaking, setting up Andres for the kill that evened the score at 10- all.
The Warriors finally broke the Red Raider run and twice moved in front by a point only to have Koen foil their plans with a pair of kills, the second of which gave the serve to BHS libero Stephanie Martin and the junior defensive specialist took care of the rest.
Martin stunned the Warriors with an ace and, after an L-S return went long, Bristol banged down the kill that brought the Warriors’ season to an end.
In their matches with both Notre Dame Academy and New Bedford, the Red Raiders spotted their opponents big leads in their first games of those matches before roaring back to claim the victory.
It was more of the same in the first game against the Warriors except this time the opponent did not fade and instead battled tooth-and nail to pull out the 29-27 decision. Bristol was the Barnstable offense in the early going but the Red Raiders were having trouble containing L-S outside hitters Mandy Sifferlin and Alex Braverman as the duo took turns finding the holes in Barnstable defensive alignments.
The Red Raiders battled back behind kills by Koen, Andres and Bristol and took their first lead of the game at 17-16 on a Bristol cross-court shot but the Warriors would not go away, fending off three BHS attempts to claim the “W” before using a kill by middle hitter Jess Bursma to claim that “W” for themselves.
The Red Raiders fell behind early in the second game as well but used a six-point service run by Martin to open up a 16-8 lead.
That would prove to be the difference as Bristol knocked down four kills and Koen found the back line with her shot that closed out the Red Raiders’ 25-14 win that evened the proceedings at one game apiece.
The teams traded sides and so did the momentum as the Warriors opened the third game with a 6-1 run and never looked back. The Red Raiders closed to within three on two occasions but were unable to completely make up the scoring deficit.
The only really good thing that happened for the Red Raiders in the game was the insertion of Kenney into the BHS rotation. The junior outside hitter connected on a kill and blocked a shot but although it was just not enough to help her team overtake the Warriors in LS’s 25-18 win, it did portend better things for later in the match.
Again the momentum failed to change sides when the teams did and this time it was the Red Raiders that benefited.
After the teams split the fourth game’s first 10 points, the Warriors tried to put some space between themselves and the Red Raiders with kills by Sifferlen and Braverman but the Barnstable girls would have none of it as setter Kayla Crook surprised the Warriors with a reverse tip-in, then delivered a sixpoint run at the service line to stake her team to a 16-10 lead.
L-S tried to mount a comeback but there was none to be had as Koen took control at the net, ripping down three kills and coming up with a block before Bristol turned a great diving get by Crook into the game’s final point with the 25-18 win evening the match at two game apiece and setting up the winner-take-all fifth game.
The Red Raiders had plenty of heroes but none were bigger than Crook, Bristol and Koen. Crook had another sensational outing, racking up 54 assists, 18 service points, a kill and 18 digs. Bristol and Koen were right there with their fellow co-captain with Bristol connecting for 31 kills, nine service points and five digs while Koen was tormenting the Warriors with her 20 kills, three blocks and six digs.
Martin also had a huge night, coming up with 23 digs and 13 service points, as did Wilson (nine service points, three digs and an assist), Andres (nine kills, 19 digs and three service points), Anna Strock (eight service points and 13 digs), Ciara Bruning (five kills), Nicole Derosier (four digs) and Kenney (four digs, two blocks and an assist) although Kenney’s contribution was much bigger than her numbers as the junior outside hitter brought a spark to the Barnstable offense that wound up burning the Warriors.
The Red Raiders will be back in action tomorrow night at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough at 6 PM. taking on the Tigers of Newton North, the Central-East Sectional champs that earned their spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over Andover on Tuesday.
||Barnstable High middle hitter Regan Bristol fires down one of her 31 kills during Wednesday night's Division 1 state semifinal math at Bridgewater-Raynham High School. Bristol and her Red Raider teammates used a thrilling fifth-game comeback to outlast Central-West champion Lincoln-Sudbury 3-2.
The Barnstable Patriot, November 16, 2012
South Sectional Champs!
Barnstable girls volleyball vying for 15th State title
It hasn’t been an easy week for the Barnstable girls volleyball team, but it has been victorious, and the Red Raiders will now compete for their 15th State title after winning their 18th South Sectional crown Nov. 10.
After a stellar season, the Raiders earned the No. 2 seed in the MIAA Div. 1 South, beginning their post-season battle Nov. 8 against Notre Dame Hingham at home.
The Cougars gave the Raiders a run last Thursday, forcing Barnstable to stay on its toes in games the Raiders won with scores of 25-22, 25-18, and 25-19.
Senior captain Regan Bristol led the night with 16 kills, followed by fellow captain and senior Colleen Koen with eight. Junior Ciara Bruning added five kills, and Hannah Andres two.
Adding to her ever-increasing tally, Kayla Crook had 28 assists in the match, with nine digs, a number matched by Stephanie Martin. Bruning and Nicole Derosier had six digs apiece, with Bristol and Anna Strock adding five each, Andres four and Holly Wilson three.
The victory in the semis set the Red Raiders up for another run at the South Sectional crown against past rival New Bedford, with Barnstable clawing its way to its 18th South Sectional title. Once again, the opponent didn’t make it easy on the Raiders, playing to scores of 25-23, 25-16, and 25-21 for a 3-0 Barnstable sweep.
Koen and Crook were at the top of their games, with Koen slamming home 19 kills while Crook added 33 assists overall.
Regan Bristol had 12 kills and Andres six, with Andres also adding am impressive 20 digs to her stats. Martin had 14 digs in the outing.
Throughout the three-game series, each side, both clad in red and white uniforms, showed strength, engaging in a number of fierce volleys, with the teams playing to a 22-22 tie in Game 1 before the No. 1 seeded Whalers edged ahead 23-22.
Barnstable held on, however, and thanks to stellar play from Bristol, Bruning and Meghan Mamlock at the net, rallied back to claim the winning points.
Game 2 found Barnstable and New Bedford trading points, before the Raiders eked ahead 6-5 as Holly Wilson stepped to the service line. Wilson, a junior, peeled off eight straight points to give Barnstable a solid lead the Whalers struggled to recover from.
Game 3 proved a true fight for the Red Raiders as a determined New Bedford team determinedly traded points and leads with Barnstable, which held a slight 13-12 lead midway through the final game.
The score ultimately reached a 19-19 deadlock before Wilson again proved a powerhouse at the service line, leading Barnstable to yet another thrilling victory.
The challenges posed in the games leading up to the state semifinals no doubt prepared the Raiders for what they might face against west sectional champ Lincoln-Sudbury.
But even as Barnstable fell in the opening game 27-29 and the third 22-25, they remained driven toward another overall win, winning the second game 25-14, the fourth game 25-18, and the final game 15-12 to advance to the state finals.
Playing at Bridgewater-Raynham High, the Raiders worked to recover from serious deficits in all but one of the night’s games in order to win, but win they did, as fans who made the off-Cape trek erupted in cheers.
In the end, Bristol recorded 31 kills and Koen 20, followed by Andres with nine and Colleen Kenney with four.
Kayla Crook had an impressive 54 assists in the outing, as well as 18 digs, but the dig leader of the day was Stephanie Martin with 23. Andres had 19 and Anna Strock tallied 13, while Kenney added six.
The Red Raiders travel to Algonquin Regional High tomorrow (Nov. 17) for the State Finals against Newton North, with game time slated for 6 p.m. Barnstable faced North earlier this season, incurring its only loss as North claimed the win 3-2.
Cape Cod Times, November 15, 2012
Barnstable vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, State Semi-Final, 11/14/12
MIAA volleyball: Barnstable reaches state final
By JOHN GARNER JR., CONTRIBUTING WRITER
BRIDGEWATER — Going against a team with several big outside hitters, the Barnstable girls volleyball team made some key adjustments in the MIAA Div. 1 state semifinals Wednesday night.
After spotting their opposition with big leads in all but one game, BHS (22-1) reigned victorious with a thrilling 3-2 win (27-29, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18 and 15-12) over a tough Lincoln-Sudbury (18-2) squad at Bridgewater-Raynham High School.
With the win, the Red Raiders advance to the state finals Saturday against arch-nemesis Newton North in a 6 p.m. start at Algonquin Regional High School in Northboro.
"This was a never-say-die effort by our team," said a relieved Barnstable coach Tom Turco "They got us early with their outside hitting and we did a better job (defending) and got some momentum."
The Red Raiders had swept past Stoughton, Notre Dame of Hingham and top-seeded New Bedford in the MIAA Div. 1 South sectionals, while the Warriors blanked Westford Academy, Franklin and Wellesley to win the Central-West region, so both teams were in unfamiliar territory when the game was extended the full distance.
"It was tough after losing that first game, but our girls kept coming back," said Turco. "We knew coming in this would be a tough matchup against a senior-laden team.
Barnstable, which has captured 14 state championships, plays for its third straight Div. 1 title against a team which they suffered their only loss.
As usual, Regan Bristol was a consistent force for Barnstable, blasting numerous kill shots to score points for the Red Raiders. Kayla Crook continued her stellar play around the net setting up teammates and gaining momentum with strong service.
Stephanie Martin dug out several would-be kill shots and provided strong service, while Colleen Koen, Hannah Andres and Colleen Kenney all scored several big shots around the net.
The Warriors were paced by the hard-hitting trio of Amanda Sifferlen, Natalie Wohl and the electrifying Alexandra Braverman, who was equally effective around the net and on the backline.
The fifth and deciding set proved to be a microcosm of the entire night as L-S stormed to leads of 4-0 and 9-3 on the strength of a three kills and a block in the middle by Wohl. But the Red Raiders stormed back to tie it 10-10 with six straight points including three kills by Koen and another by Andres and took a 13-12 lead on an ace by the slick-serving Martin.
An errant shot by the Warriors and a deciding kills by the hard-hitting Bristol put the finishing touch on the come-from-behind victory.
The first game was marked by several lead changes and 12 unforced errors on L-S which was the early aggressor around the net. Bristol paced BHS with four kills in a losing effort.
Barnstable played its best volleyball with a 25-14 win in the second set behind the strong hitting of Bristol, who totaled five kills and two blocks and Koen hit the winning shot.
The Red Raiders fell behind early in the third frame as Braverman hit several kill shots and Jennifer Ayer was effective digging shots in the backline as the Warriors posted a hard-fought 25-21 win.
Barnstable broke out of a 10-10 deadlock in the fourth set to take a 19-12 lead behind strong service by Crook and three kills by Bristol en route to the 7-point win to set the stage for the fifth-and-deciding set.
Cape Cod Times, November 14, 2012
Barnstable volleyball set for state semis
The dynasty that is Barnstable girls volleyball is within two wins of raising another banner.
Barnstable's quest for Div. 1 state title No. 15 continues tonight at 7 p.m. in the state semifinals at Bridgewater-Raynham High School.
The Red Raiders, 21-1, have won the last two state titles and eight of the last nine.
Standing in the Red Raiders' way is Central-West champion Lincoln-Sudbury (18-1), which wrapped up its fifth straight sectional title by sweeping Wellesley on Saturday.
Head coach Tom Turco, who has guided the Raiders to 14 state titles since taking the reins at Barnstable in 1988, said the state championships have a lot of parity this season.
Newton North defeated Andover, 3-0, on Tuesday to advance to the state finals and await the Barnstable/Lincoln-Sudbury winner for the Saturday match.
Newton North is the only team that has defeated Barnstable this season. Meanwhile, Newton North and Lincoln-Sudbury split their season series 1-1 for their only losses so far.
Nevertheless, neither Barnstable nor Lincoln-Sudbury has lost a game in the tournament. The Raiders swept through Stoughton, Notre Dame of Hingham and New Bedford for their 18th South championship. The Warriors blanked Westford Academy, Franklin and Wellesley.
Barnstable senior captain and opposite hitter Colleen Koen had a game-high 19 kills in a hard-fought sectional finals on Saturday while fellow senior captain and outside hitter Regan Bristol notched 12 kills. Senior setter Kayla Crook netted 33 assists while junior outside hitter Hannah Andres recorded 20 digs and junior setter Holly Wilson finished with 26 service points.
Andres and junior libero Stephanie Martin have been key in passing all season.
Despite a tough win over New Bedford, Turco said the Raiders demeanor and experience often helps keep them in games.
"Regan and Kayla are four-year varsity players and have been through a lot of big matches," he said. "(As a team) they don't get too down when they make mistakes and they don't get too up when they're playing well. They're pretty even keel."
Turco said seven of the Warriors nine starters are seniors so experience is on their side as well. Junior Jen Ayer, a 5-3 libero, sparked the Warriors to their sectional title. She sparkled with 15 digs and continuously set up passes for setters Miranda Congleton (17 assists) and Jenna Dickinson (13). That left the point-scoring to 6-2 Mandy Sifferlen and Alex Braverman, both senior hitters, who combined for 24 kills.
Last year, Lincoln-Sudbury lost to Central Catholic, 3-2, in the state semifinals before Barnstable swept Central Catholic to retain the Div. 1 state title.
Cape Cod Times, 11/11/12
Barnstable vs. New Bedford (South Sectional Final), Win 3-0, 11/10/12
Barnstable Volleyball Takes South Crown
PEMBROKE – History will show the final score of Barnstable's MIAA Division 1 girls volleyball South final win over New Bedford on Saturday night as a 3-0 shutout.
Those who were there can tell you, it wasn't that easy.
The second-seeded Red Raiders (19-1) overcame a 21-15 deficit in the opening game of the match to eke out a 25-23 win. Then, Barnstable rolled to a 25-16 win before having to work hard to close out the match with a 25-21 victory.
The Raiders advance to the state semifinals Wednesday night against the West Division champion Lincoln-Sudbury at 7 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raynham High School.
This was a competition of momentum swings that seemed to come out of the blue. There was a stretch in which the teams were trading points on unforced errors by each club, then one of the teams would stage a small run only to have the other team come back to even things up.
In the opener, the Red Raiders committed seven unforced errors to dig themselves into a hole, 21-15. But then, out of nowhere, Barnstable showed why it is seeking its third consecutive state crown.
Led by a shift in its offensive attack that featured senior middle hitter Colleen Koen, the Red Raiders started to strike in the middle of the floor instead of the sides.
“We had been struggling on the outsides,” confirmed head coach Tom Turco. “We saw something we felt we could exploit on their side and shifted our attack. We made the adjustment we needed to make.”
With Koen registering four of her game-high 19 kills over the next seven points, the Raiders found themselves deadlocked at 22. A nice drive by New Bedford's standout outside hitter Katherine Mendes gave the Whalers a 23-22 edge, but then things went awry for top-seeded New Bedford (19-2).
There was a net serve, then a botched kill that sailed long out of play that set up a brilliant game-winning point by Barnstable's Kayla Crook, who made a diving, one-handed hit that fell just inside the line for the game-winner.
“This is a very confident group,” Turco said of his squad. “When they were down 21-15, they weren't as concerned as I was or any of the Barnstable fans were. They just figured they'd win and move on to the next game.”
After Barnstable had edged ahead 6-5 in the middle game on an unforced New Bedford error, Holly Wilson took over the serve for the Raiders and had New Bedford scrambling to handle what she was delivering.
The junior setter reeled off eight consecutive points that featured a pair of kills from both Koen and Hannah Andres and a tight game was becoming a rout.
Every time New Bedford tried to close the gap, Barnstable had an answer and soon after that, the Raiders had a death grip on the Whalers with a 2-0 lead.
The final game saw Barnstable jump out to a 5-0 advantage, but a funny thing happened on the cakewalk through the third game. New Bedford showed a lot of grit and refused to go out whimpering. Instead, the Whalers battled back and after a stretch of six straight service points by Mendes, grabbed a 15-13 advantage.
“I have to give my girls a lot of credit,” said New Bedford coach Neil Macedo. “They hung in there despite being vastly undersized compared to Barnstable. These girls worked hard right to the end. I'm very proud of them and their accomplishments of this year.”
With Koen putting on a one-person show up front and Wilson again coming on with a stretch of four straight points from the service line to break a 19-19 tie, the Raiders cruised to the win and their 18th Division 1 South title.
Invariably, it seems that somewhere in the South Sectionals Barnstable and New Bedford ultimately will always meet. Though the Raiders have prevailed more often than not, the Whalers are the top regional rival for Barnstable.
“It seems like every year in the tournament we play them and that's what makes this a good rivalry,” Turco said. “Most of the time the games are hard, competitive and they demand a good effort if you want to win. They are a good team and it's easy to see why they got to the finals. They never quit.”
In addition to Koen, who had one stretch of accounting for seven straight Barnstable points in the third game with six kills and one of her two blocks on the afternoon, Regan Bristol chipped in with 12 kills and Andres added six.
Crook continued to add to her school-record assists total with 33 more in this match while Andres recorded 20 digs and Wilson finished with 26 service points.
“This was a good example of what a team does,” Turco said. “When someone is not at their best, there seems to be a teammate there to make it up in other ways. That's what we did tonight.”
The Barnstable Enterprise, November 16, 2012
Red Raiders Blank New Bedford 3-0 To Win 17th South Sectional Title
It was just like old times when the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team squared off with longtime rival New Bedford at the MIAA South Sectional finals in Pembroke last Saturday and as has been the case in all but one of these such meetings, it was the Red Raiders that prevailed, claiming their 18th sectional title with a 3-0 win.
The Red Raiders, now 19-1 on the season, were the second seed in the South draw while the Whalers went in as the section’s top seed and the match was one worthy of the heritage of this volleyball rivalry with the Red Raiders coming away with the 25-23, 25-16 and 25-21 victories that moved them on to the Division 1 state semifinals.
As was the case in their win over Notre Dame Academy, the Red Raiders dug themselves into a firstgame hole but then used that hole to bury the Whalers by following up the come-from-behind win by dominating the action in the last two games.
On a night when they got very little offense from their outside hitters, the story for the Red Raiders was the inside play of middle hitters Colleen Koen and Regan Bristol and the backline efforts of Holly Wilson, Anna Strock and Stephanie Martin that kept the Barnstable club in the hunt for another state championship.
In one of the better tournament performances in the storied history of the Barnstable High volleyball program, Koen owned the deciding game, recording 10 of her 19 kills and blocking two shots, to help the Red Raiders close out the Whalers.
Bristol and outside hitter Hannah Andres got the Red Raiders going early on in the first game but the Whalers lived up to their top billing by matching them point for point with outside hitter Katherine Mendes leading the NB offense.
The back-and-forth continued until the Whalers snapped a 12-12 tie on a Barnstable net violation and then scored seven of the next 10 points to open up a 21-15 lead, by far the biggest advantage enjoyed by either team to that point.
A kill by Koen ended the NB scoring run and she then teamed with Andres on a block that trimmed the Whaler lead to 21-17, forcing the NB coach to call a timeout.
Two more kills by Koen sandwiched around a Wilson service ace got the Red Raiders closer and a Mendes return that was wide left finally pulled Barnstable even at 23- 23.
The Whalers then saw their chance for the win take the big harpoon when Red Raider setter Kayla Crook turned a diving get into the game winning point, getting enough of an off-target pass into a looping shot that just cleared the net and found a big hole in the Whalers defensive alignment.
Bristol opened the second game with a second-chance kill and a block before Wilson, who was a force at the service line all match long, served the Red Raiders through an eight-point run that included a pair of tip-ins by Koen and a pair of kills by Andres and gave the Red Raiders a lead they would not surrender.
The Whalers did not go away but did not get the chance to play themselves back into contention either as Bristol, Colleen Kenney, Andres and Koen kept turning perfectly placed sets from Crook into a succession of kills. Kenney and Bristol also teamed up to block a kill try by NB’s middle hitter Alyssa Kellick as the BHS lead climbed to 20-13.
The Whalers could not make up that deficit with a toss by Koen off a great get by Wilson and a backline kill by Koen sealed New Bedford’s fate.
It certainly looked as if the Red Raiders had finally taken all the fight out of the Whalers when they jumped out to a 5-1 lead, with four of those points coming on kills by Bristol.
However, the Whalers showed otherwise when they put together a 5-1 scoring run of their own to pull even at 6-6.
A kill by Meghan Mamlock put the Red Raiders back in front and Koen took over from there, banging down four kills and blocking a shot to help her team expand the lead to 12-7.
The Whalers charged back behind Mendes, running off seven straight were unable to extend that lead as the teams traded points with kills by Koen and Andres and a combo block by Bristol and Kenney keeping the Whalers within a point.
A bad serve by New Bedford’s Sydney Fournier proved to be the end of the line for the Whalers as Wilson stepped to the service line and Koen delivered a tip-in, a rocket of a kill through the middle of the NB defense, a block and yet another kill to push the Barnstable lead to 24-20.
In a rather odd twist of fate, a Koen kill try was blocked by NB’s Cheyenne Bernier, denying her and the Red Raiders the match’s final point but there was no magic for the Whalers to conjure up as Mendes’ serve found nothing but net, giving the Red Raiders their 17th South Sectional championship.
“It says a lot about this team that when we needed other people to step up, they did,” said BHS coach Tom Turco. “We were having trouble scoring from the outside but Colleen and Regan picked up the slack and we got great defensive play from everybody. New Bedford is the closest thing we have to a rival and any time we can beat them it’s a big deal.”
In addition to Koen’s great play at the net, the Red Raiders also got a standout performance from Wilson at the service line with 20 service points.
Coming through with great defensive efforts for the Red Raiders were Andres with 20 digs, Stephanie Martin with 14 digs, Crook with nine digs, Anna Strock with seven digs, Wilson with six digs, Bristol with four digs, Nicole Derosier with three digs and Koen with two digs.
Joining Koen to lead the Red Raider offense were Bristol with 12 kills, three service points and two blocks, Andres with six kills and a block and Kenney, Mamlock and Ciara Bruning with one kill each.
Cape Cod Times, 11/9/12
Notre Dame@ Barnstable (South Sectional Semi-Final), Win 3-0, 11/8/12
Barnstable volleyball advances to South final
By JOHN GARNER Jr. CONTRIBUTING WRITER November 09, 2012 2:00
HYANNIS – Although it wasn’t a cakewalk, the Barnstable girls volleyball team marched one step closer to its ultimate goal Thursday night.
The second-seeded Red Raiders (18-1) swept past No. 6 Notre Dame of Hingham (15-5), 25-22, 25-18 and 25-19 in the semifinals of the MIAA Div. 1 South Sectionals.
Barnstable, which has captured an unprecedented 14 state championships, plays for its third straight South title against top-seeded New Bedford on Saturday in a 5 p.m. tilt in Pembroke. New Bedford defeated Walpole on Thursday night 3-0.
Barnstable advanced to the semis with a 3-0 quarterfinals win over Stoughton Tuesday, while the Cougars defeated North Attleboro 3-2 Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Red Raiders were matched against one of the state’s top outside hitters in junior Julia Flynn, who totaled 17 kills and finished with an impressive 231 on the season.
“We had to get a piece of her (shots) and finally were able to do that later on,” said Red Raiders’ coach Tom Turco. “We blocked the ball, played scrappy defense and our service was right-on.”
Regan Bristol led the Barnstable charge with 16 kills, five digs and four points on serve, while Kayla Crook was terrific with a team-leading 28 assist, eight digs and eight points on serve. She now has 559 assists this fall.
Colleen Koen totaled nine kills, including two straight at the end of the pivotal game one. Stephanie Martin was strong on the backline with nine digs and 11 service points, while Ciara Bruning (5 kills, 2 blocks),Hannah Andres (2 kills, 4 digs, 7 service pts.), Meghan Mamlock (6 digs, 4 service pts.), Anna Strock (5 digs, 6 service pts.), Nicole Derosier (6 digs) and Holly Wilson (3 digs) all contributed for the Red Raiders.
ND jumped to an early 14-7 lead in game one, as the visitors did an excellent job setting the ball to Flynn, who rocketed several shots off BHS defenders and into open spaces on the court.
Barnstable battled back on strong service by Martin, who scored four straight points to close to 14-10 and two aces by Crook made it 16-12. After a kill by the 5’11” Bristol, BHS tied it 21-21 on a kill by Koen, who hit the two final shots for a hard-fought, three-point win. “
Colleen hit some immense shots when we needed them,” said Turco. “Our girls never got down on themselves and didn’t get flustered.”
The Red Raiders continued momentum in game two by taking a 7-0 lead, again on solid service by Martin and kills by Bruning and Bristol.
After that juncture, the two teams played dead even (18-18) with neither able to get a rally going. Flynn hit several big kill shots and was almost matched by Bristol, who was set up on several big hits by the slick-passing Crook. Koen again delivered the game-winning kill in the seven-point win for BHS.
Notre Dame took an early 8-4 lead in game three, only to see the Red Raiders tie it 10-10 on a combination block by Mamlock and Bristol of a Flynn smash and a kill by Bristol gave BHS a 15-11 lead.
Two straight Flynn kills cut it to 16-15, before two blocks by Koen and an errant shot by Flynn gave BHS a 21-17 advantage and two aces by Andres and kills by Koen and Bruning put the finishing touch on the Cougars.
Now it’s on to Pembroke Saturday for another shot at the South sectional title and perhaps even bigger things beyond.
Cape Cod Times, 11/6/12
Stoughton @ Barnstable (South Sectional Quarter Final), Win 3-0, 11/5/12
Barnstable after another crown
By PAUL GODFREY email@example.com November 06, 2012 2:00 AM
HYANNIS — If the Barnstable volleyball team wanted to set the tone that it is ready to defend its back-to-back state championships, Monday night's start may be an indication that the Red Raiders are in for another long run.
Stephanie Martin won the game's first 17 points on her serve and second-seeded Barnstable never trailed in any of the three games in sweeping No. 7 Stoughton 3-0 in the MIAA Div. 1 South quarterfinals.
Barnstable improves to 17-1 with the 25-4, 25-11, 25-18 victory and advances to the South semifinals. The Red Raiders will host the winner of Wednesday's first-round contest between Notre Dame (Hingham) and North Attleboro at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Stoughton, which was coming off its first tournament victory ever against Braintree in the first round, finishes at 14-7. Due to having a boy on its roster, the Black Knights were seeded in Division 1 based on the school's total enrollment of boys and girls.
Hannah Andres and Colleen Koen each had six kills while outside hitters Ciara Bruning and Colleen Kenney added four and three kills, respectively for Barnstable. Regan Bristol had three kills and one block, while Kayla Crook displayed her usual superior setting to trigger the Red Raider offense.
Martin had three of her five aces during the Red Raiders' 17-0 onslaught to open the match. Bristol established her presence at the net and a timeout by Stoughton at 10-0 only delayed the inevitable.
"They took care of things they needed to take care of," said Barnstable coach Tom Turco of his team's opening step toward another crown. "They knew if number 13 got the ball close to the net, she was going to hammer it. We passed serve pretty well and that's the most important thing for us right now."
Turco was pointing to 6-foot-3 Stoughton middle hitter Nicole Daniels, whose ability to block attempted Barnstable kills and convert Emma Zuk's setting helped generate scoring in the middle game.
Anna Strock had two aces and Barnstable moved the ball superbly to re-establish the double-digit lead. "If you want quality attacks from their serve, you've got to put the ball in the system," said Turco.
"If you don't, then Kayla is all over the place trying to set the ball."
Martin staked the Red Raiders to an early 4-0 lead again and Barnstable utilized its bench throughout game three. The Black Knights closed to within 22-18 before Emma Glover closed out the hosts' victory on her serve.
Red Raiders Too Much For Stoughton In
First-Round Volleyball Tournament Action
The Barnstable Enterprise, November 9, 2012
by Tom Moran, Jr.,
Three-peat has a certain cachet in the sports world and the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team began its pursuit of a third straight Division 1 state championship Monday with a workmanlike 3-0 win over a game but outmatched Stoughton in firstround tournament action at the BHS gym.
Libero Stephanie Martin opened the match with a 17-point run at the service line and that was pretty much the old ball game although the Black Knights, a Division 2 team in the D1 field because they have a male player on their roster, gave a very good accounting of themselves after their very rocky start.
As for the Red Raiders, they were almost business-like in their approach, with steady back row play making it easy for setter Kayla Crook to kick the Barnstable attack into high gear in the 25-4, 25-11, 25-18 victories that upped the team’s record to 17-1.
Crook, who is the engine that drives the Red Raider offense, turned in yet another stellar performance, handing out 25 assists, making five digs and showing off her hops with a team-leading two blocks.
The beneficiaries of Crook’s efforts were the Barnstable hitters as seven players recorded at least a kill. Making Crook’s life a little better was the backline play of Martin, Holly Wilson, Hannah Andres and Nicole Derosier, who combined to come up with 25 digs.
The Red Raiders could not have hoped for a better start as Martin stepped to the service line to open the match and by the time the Red Raiders surrendered the serve to the Black Knights, the home team had itself an insurmountable 17-0 lead.
Crook and middle hitter Regan Bristol combined on a block to give the Red Raiders their first point and three kills by Bristol and another by Ciara Bruning, who turned in a very impressive effort in her first tournament game, highlighted the scoring run.
The Black Knights were left at the gate as another kill and a tip-in by Bruning, a kill and a tip-in by middle hitter Colleen Koen and a service ace by Holly Wilson closed out the easy first-game win.
The Red Raiders got off to a quick start again in the second game although Stoughton middle hitter Nicole Daniels was making her presence felt at the net. The 6-1 senior not only made for a formidable defensive presence but also showed off a shot that was very tough to handle.
Crook and Mamlock teamed up to block a Daniels kill attempt, Andrade banged a kill just inside the backline and Koen knocked down another of her eight kills as the Raiders rolled to a 10-3 lead.
Barnstable’s points did not come as easily in the second game as the Black Knights began to look more like the 14-5 team that earned their shot at the Red Raiders with an opening round 3-1 win over Braintree but still did not have the depth or the experience needed to contain their hosts.
The score went to 2-0 in the Red Raiders’ favor with Mamlock ripping a kill down the sideline, Koen turning a perfectly-placed backset from Crook into a cross-court kill and Andres closing on the game with a kill.
Martin got the Red Raiders off the mark quickly in the third game, opening with an ace and staking her team to a 5-0 lead before the Black Knights got on the scoreboard.
Kills by Andres and Koen and a block by Glover helped boost the BHS lead to 18-0 before Black Knight outside hitter Lauren Carmichael, who was every bit the team captain in the match, put together a five-point run at the service line that trimmed the Red Raider lead to 19-15.
That comeback died as kills by Andres and Koen put the juice in a BHS 6-3 scoring run that sent the Black Knights home and the Red Raiders onto the sectional semifinals.
Martin wound up with the big numbers for the Red Raiders as she finished with 25 service points, including four aces, and 13 digs with Andres (eight kills, four digs), Bristol (five kills, one block), Kenney (four kills, four service points and a block), Mamlock (two kills), Liz Gorrill (one kill), Strock (eight service points with two aces), Wilson (seven service points with an ace and five digs), Nicole Derosier (three digs) and Glover (one block) all doing their part to keep the Red Raider victory.
|Barnstable High middle hitter Colleen Koen goes over Stoughton's Kayla Motley during Monday's South Sectional tournament match at the BHS gym. Koen had eight kills in the Red Raiders' 3-0 first-round win over the Black Knights.
||Barnstable High outside hitter Colleen Kenney takes on Stoughton's Nicole Daniels at the net during Monday's South Sectional tournament match at the BHS gym. Kenney had four kills, four service points and a block in helping the Red Raiders advance to the sectional semifinals with the 3-0 win over the Black Knights.
Cape Cod Times, 11/2/12
MIAA volleyball: Barnstable, D-Y, PJP II pace local seed
Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth and Pope John Paul II topped the locals Thursday in seedings and pairings announced for all three divisions of the MIAA South Sectional volleyball tournament.
Two-time defending state champion Barnstable is the second seed in Division 1 and will try to retain its state dominance. The Red Raiders, seeking theirs 15th state title, finished the season 16-1 after losing to Central East Division 1 top seed Newton North for its first defeat since 2010.
The Red Raiders, the only local Division 1 team in the tourney, gained a first-round bye and will host the winner of the No. 7 Stoughton-No. 10 Braintree first-round matchup in the quarterfinals.
Dennis-Yarmouth (11-2) gained the third seed in Division 2 and is joined by No. 5 Bourne (16-4) and No. 10 Nauset (8-8).
D-Y gets a bye into the quarterfinals, when it host the winner of the No. 11 Bishop-Stang-No. 6 Duxbury matchup.
Bourne (16-4) will host Cardinal Spellman in a first-round game Sunday at 5 p.m. Nauset visits No. 7 Greater New Bedford Sunday at 4 p.m. for a first round game at No. 7 Greater New Bedford.
Pope John Paul II gained the second seed in Division 3 South thanks to a 9-2 regular-season campaign. The Lions received a first-round bye and host the No. 7 Archbishop Williams-No. 10 South Shore Voke winner in the quarterfinals.
Sturgis East (7-7) is the No. 11 seed in Division 3 and opens at No. 6 Case in a first-round contest on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Barnstable Patriot, 11/2/12
Raiders back to business
Girls volleyball dunks D-Y Dolphins
By Kathleen Szmit, The Barnstable Patriot
The Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball team was back in business this week, playing to a 3-0 shutout of the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins.
Scores in the Oct. 31 senior night match were 25-16, 25-5, and 25-10, with Barnstable holding court throughout the event.
Senior captain Regan Bristol led the way with a stellar 12 kills, while fellow captain, senior Colleen Koen, had five. Senior captain Kayla Crook weighed in with three kills, two aces and 26 assists in the win. The record-setting Crook has recorded 505 assists this season so far.
Senior captain Meghan Mamlock added four kills to the Raider tally, as well as one ace and one dig. Leading the way in digs against the Dolphins was junior Holly Wilson with eight. Wilson was followed closely by senior captain Anna Strock, who added seven digs, and junior Hannah Andres with six, while Koen and junior Stephanie Martin each had three.
Each of the team’s seniors – Crook, Mamlock, Koen, Bristol, and Strock – was honored prior to the game for their longtime participation in the program.
The team’s final regular season game was slated for 5 p.m. at press time Nov. 1 at Medfield.
||Barnstable's Liz Gorrill (22) sends the ball back over the net towards D-Y opponents during game play Oct. 31.
The Barnstable Enterprise, November 2, 2012
Red Raiders Blank Dolphins, Prepare for Start of Volleyball Tournament
And now the real fun and games begin.
The Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team got in its final match preparations for the upcoming Division 1 South Sectional tournament on Wednesday, blanking longtime Cape rival Dennis-Yarmouth 3-0 on Senior Night at the BHS gym.
The Red Raiders, who will go into the South Sectionals as the number two seed behind top ranked Newton North, completed the sweep of their season series with the Dolphins and pushed their final regular-season record to 16-1.
The Dolphins put up a fight in the first game before bowing 25-16 but the Red Raiders put the hammer down after that, closing out the match with the 25-5 and 25-10 victories.
Leading the BHS attack on the night were middle hitter Regan Bristol with 12 kills, five service points and a block, setter Kayla Crook with seven service points and 26 assists, middle hitter Colleen Koen with five kills and two blocks, Ciara Bruning with five kills, Meghan Mamlock with four kills, Colleen Kenney with three kills, and Hannah Andres with two kills and a block.
The Red Raider offense also got a boost from its back line players with Anna Strock (nine service points with three aces), Olivia Brodt (eight service points), Nicole Derosier (seven service points) and Holly Wilson (six service points) getting the job done from the service line. Wilson (eight digs), Strock (seven digs) and Andres (six digs) were also cited for their outstanding defensive efforts.
Host Case had the unenviable task of facing a Red Raider team coming off a tough 3-2 loss to Newton North and the Cardinals must have been wishing they had already flown south for the winter after the Red Raiders cruised to the 3-0 nonleague victory.
The Cardinals spent the afternoon on the outside looking in as the Red Raiders chalked up the 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 victories.
The outcome was never in doubt as middle hitter Regan Bristol led the BHS offense with a 14-kill, seven service-point outing. Also stepping up for the Red Raiders were Colleen Koen with eight kills, Hannah Andres with seven kills, nine service points and nine digs, Ciara Bruning with six kills and Colleen Kenney with four kills.
Setter Kayla Crook kept adding to her school record, dishing out 34 assists to go with nine service points and nine digs. Nicole Derosier had the hot hand at the service line, connecting for 14 points while Stephanie Martin (14 digs), Anna Strock (10 digs) and Holly Wilson (seven digs) were the club’s defensive standouts.
Cape Cod Times, 11/1/12
Dennis-Yarmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 10/31/12
Barnstable 3, Dennis Yarmouth 0
HYANNIS -- The Raiders swept the Dolphins in dominant fashion on Senior Night to conclude the regular season at 16-1.
Barnstable won 25-16, 25-5 and 25-10.
Regan Bristol tallied 10 kills and one block while Meghan Mamlock added five kills, one block and one ace. Colleen Koen notched five kills and three blocks while Anna Strock contributed eight digs and 11 service points.
Kayla Crook chipped in 26 assists and a pair of aces while Ciara Bruning recorded five kills.
Tournament-bound Dennis-Yarmouth (11-6) used the matchup against the area's top team as a tune-up for the upcoming state tournament.
Playing well for the Dolphins were Brandi Britton (three aces, three kills and three digs), Grace Stafford (12 service returns), an ace, two kills and four digs). Julicia Robles (nine assists and two digs) and Allyson Collette (nine digs and 22 service receptions).
Cape Cod Times, 10/27/12
Barnstable @ Case, Win 3-0, 10/26/12
Barnstable 3, Case 0
SWANSEA — The Red Raiders, rebounding from their first loss, got right back to their winning ways sweeping Case in dominating fashion.
Barnstable won 25-12, 25-11 and 25-13.
Regan Bristol contributed 14 kills, two blocks and an ace while Kayla Crook tallied 36 assists. Colleen Koen recorded eight kills while Ciara Bruning, Hannah Andres and Colleen Kenney each chipped in six kills. Stephanie Martin totaled 14 digs while Anna Strock finished with 10 digs.
The Raiders (15-1) host Dennis-Yarmouth on Monday.
Cape Cod Times, 10/25/12
Barnstable @ Newton North, Loss 3-2, 10/24/12
Newton North 3, Barnstable 2
Barnstable win streak snapped at 42
NEWTONVILLE — It has been a long time since Barnstable tasted defeat but that was the case last night as Newton North shocked the No.1-ranked team in the state in five games.
Fourth-ranked Newton North (14-1) stopped Barnstable (14-1), 26-24, 25-22, 12-25, 21-25, 15-11. It was the first Red Raider loss in 42 matches.
"All we can do is go back to practice tomorrow and get ready for the next match," said Barnstable coach Tom Turco.
Bristol Regan played well for Barnstable with 19 kills, three blocks and an ace. Colleen Koen added 10 kills and three blocks while Hannah Andres had six kills, two blocks and three aces. Kayle Crook dished out 32 assists.
Next up for the Raiders is a Friday match at Case.
The Barnstable Enterprise, October 26, 2012
Newton North Ends Red Raiders Volleyball Win Streak
For the first time since early November in 2010, the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball did not leave the gym victorious after host Newton North pulled out a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
The Red Raiders, now 14-1 on the season, went into the meeting with the Tigers riding a 42-match winning streak that began with the undefeated run to the 2010 Division 1 state championship. Prior to their loss to the Tigers, the last team to defeat the Red Raiders were the Medfield Warriors, who topped their Barnstable rivals 3-1 in that season’s last regular-season game.
The Red Raiders found themselves in uncharted waters when the Tigers won the first two games of the nonleague match, 26-24 and 25-22 but battled back to even the match with a 25-12 win in the third game followed by a 25-21 win in the fourth.
The Tigers won the tiebreaker however, using the 15-11 win to run their record to claim the win and improve their record to 14-1.
Regan Bristol led the Barnstable offense with 19 kills, three blocks and a service ace. Kayla Crook was the catalyst dishing out 39 assists and Colleen Koen (11 kills and five blocks), Hannah Andres (six kills, two blocks and three service aces) and Meghan Mamlock with four blocks also came through with outstanding performances.
Rangers Get Rocked
The Red Raiders took to the road to take on sixth-ranked Westborough and brought home the hard-earned 3-0 win over the host Rangers.
After battling through the first two games, 25-21 and 25-23 victories, the Red Raiders closed with a flourish, handing the Rangers the 25-11 setback to register the nonleague shutout.
Leading a balanced Red Raider offense were Regan Bristol with 14 kills and four blocks, Colleen Koen with eight kills, Hannah Andres with seven kills, two blocks and 10 digs and Ciara Bruning with four kills.
Kayla Crook had her usual big night, dishing out 26 assists to go with eight service points and 10 digs.
The Red Raiders also got a standout backline effort from libero Stephanie Martin, who finished with 17 digs and three service points. She was also a perfect 24-24 on serve receives.
Nicole Derosier had the hot hand at the service line, coming through with 14 service points.
Nothing Doing For ND
Notre Dame Academy of Hingham came to town with payback on its mind but it just didn’t work out that way as the Red Raiders completed the sweep of the season series with the Cougars 3-0.
The Red Raiders posted the 25-23, 25-11, 25-20 wins and had to be at their best to fend off the Cougars’ upset bid.
The first game was a back-and-forth affair with the Red Raiders grabbing the early lead and the Cougars battling their way back into contention.
After seeming to take control with a 5-1 run that gave them an 18-14 lead, the Red Raiders had to hold off a charge by their guests to secure the win. Kills by Colleen Kenney and Hannah Andres and a nice tip-in by Regan Bristol finally allowed the home team to finish out the game.
After a second game that was all Barnstable, the Red Raiders found themselves in a real battle with the Cougars in the third game as the visitors did their best to avoid getting shut out.
The Red Raiders opened the game with a 10-3 scoring run only to see the Cougars come roaring back to take the lead at 20-19.
That slim advantage was shortlived however as Holly Wilson stepped to the service line and knocked down two aces in a five-point run that sent the Cougars packing.
Libero Stephanie Martin had a sensational outing for the Red Raiders, finishing with 15 digs and joining her to lead the team to victory were Colleen Koen with nine kills and three blocks; Regan Bristol with eight kills, three blocks and 11 service points; Hannah Andres with eight kills, eight service points, two blocks and 13 digs; Colleen Kenney with eight kills and four digs; Kayla Crook with 30 assists, two kills, one block and nine digs; Holly Wilson with 12 service points and six digs; Nicole Derosier with six service points; Anna Strock with five digs and Meghan Mamlock with two kills.
Cape Cod Times, 10/23/12
Barnstable @ Westboro, Win 3-0, 10/22/12
Barnstable 3, Westboro 0
WESTBORO — The No. 1-rated Red Raiders defeated another top 10 opponent, blanking the Rangers in convincing fashion. Barnstable (14-0) won by scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-11. After struggling in the first two games, Barnstable showed Westboro (14-3) what it can do. Regan Bristol had a strong game for the winners with 19 kills, three blocks and an ace. Colleen Koen had seven kills as did Hannah Andres, who added 10 digs. Kayla Crook had 26 assists and 10 digs. Ciara Bruning made a key contribution in the third game with four kills and a block. Next up for Barnstable is a showdown at the state's No. 4-ranked team, Newton North.
Cape Cod Times, 10/19/12
Notre Dame @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 10/18/12
Barnstable 3, Notre Dame Hingham 0
HYANNIS — The Red Raiders defeated Notre Dame (Hingham) to remain undefeated at 13-0. Barnstable won 25-23, 25-12 and 25-20.
The Raiders took a big lead in the third game but Notre Dame came back to take the lead at 20-19. Holly Wilson came on to serve for Barnstable and recorded three aces en route to serving the game out and sealing the win.
Kayla Crook tallied 26 assists and nine digs for the Raiders while Hannah Andres recorded 13 digs and five kills. Colleen Koen contributed nine kills while Colleen Kenney and Regan Bristol added eight kills apiece.
Stephanie Martin notched 15 digs while Meghan Mamlock chipped in three blocks. Anna Strock and Nicole Derosier were also standouts for the Raiders.
Barnstable travels to Westborough on Monday.
The Barnstable Enterprise, October 19, 2012
Red Raiders Claim Another
OCL Volleyball Title With
Shutout Win Over Dartmouth
With a hard-earned victory over Hopkinton in the rearview mirror and another big match with Notre Dame Academy of Hingham set for tonight, the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team took care of some Old Colony League business on Wednesday, blanking visiting Dartmouth 3-0 to lay claim to yet another OCL title.
The Red Raiders, now 12-0 overall and 4-0 in OCL play, are the only champions the OCL has ever known and it will continue to be that way after the 25-11, 25-16, 25-11 victory.
The Indians came to town hoping for the upset that would have given them a share of the 2012 league title but those hopes were dashed by another solid team effort by the Red Raiders.
Dartmouth got the first point of the first game but by the time the visitors notched their third point of that same game, the Red Raiders already had 14 points on their side of the scoreboard.
Barnstable’s balanced attack proved to be too much for the Indians as middle hitters Regan Bristol and Colleen Koen and outside hitters Hannah Andres, Meghan Mamlock and Colleen Kenney took turns finding the holes in the Dartmouth defensive alignments.
Kills by Koen and Kenney got the Red Raiders close before Bristol ripped down the game-ending kill.
Although the Red Raiders took the lead for good in the second game at 8-7, the Indians proved a little harder to shake but they did get shaken as three kills by Bristol and another by Koen again put the home team on the brink before a combined block by Koen and setter Kayla Crook gave Barnstable the game-deciding point and a 2-0 lead.
The Indians were looking to avoid the shutout and rallied from an early deficit to pull even at 10-10 only to have Ciara Bruning come off the Barnstable bench and bang down the kill that put her team in front to stay.
Dartmouth’s last gasp came on a kill by senior captain Ellen Marshall that cut the BHS lead to 15-11 but a kill by Bristol gave the ball back to the Red Raiders and Nicole Derosier took care of the rest, serving up 10 straight points to close out the match.
Leading the Barnstable offense were Crook with 19 assists, 11 digs and two kills, Andres with eight kills, Bristol with seven kills, four blocks and 12 service points, Kenney with six kills, Mamlock with four blocks and Anna Strock with 13 service points.
Volleyball Like It Oughta Be
The Red Raiders welcomed Division 2 contender Hopkinton to the BHS gym on Monday and the Hillers gave them all they could handle before the Barnstable girls laid claim to the 3-1 nonleague victory.
After winning the first game 25-18, the Red Raiders found themselves in a 1-1 match when the Hillers came from behind to win the second game 33-31.
Faced with a serious challenge, the Red Raiders showed what they were made of, taking the third game by a 25-13 margin before closing things out with a 25-22 fourth-game victory.
The Hillers scored first in the opening game but saw their early lead whittled down until the Red Raiders took a lead they would not give up at 10-9 on a Koen kill off a diving setup by Crook.
The Hillers have three very good front row players and that trio, Tess Chandler, Hanna Engstrom and Holly Adams, kept their team close throughout the remainder of the match although the visitors had their own problems dealing with Barnstable’s front liners.
Andres, Koen, Kenney and Bristol all had kills down the stretch that allowed the Red Raiders to grab the 1-0 lead.
The second game was a give-and take affair in which points came singly and neither team was able to put together anything that resembled an offensive run.
The back-and-forth continued with the Hillers going in front 23-21 only to have the Red Raiders answer with three straight points to take a 24-23 lead.
The lead changed hands four times with the game at deuce and this time it was the Hillers that made the big shots with an ace by Adams giving her team the 33-31 decision.
The Red Raiders made sure that would be the extent of the damage as they dominated the action in the third game and had no problem racking up the 25-13 win and then held off a determined group of Hillers and held on for the 25-22 win that decided the match.
Leading the Red Raiders on the night were Andres with 15 kills and 19 digs, Koen with 10 kills and three blocks, Bristol with 12 kills and two blocks, Kenney with five kills, Bruning with three kills, Mamlock with one kill and four blocks, Crook with 36 assists, Stephanie Martin with 22 digs and Nicole Derosier with 10 digs.
Houston, We Have A Problem
The Red Raiders continued to be the thorn in the side of North Attleboro as they brought the Rocketeers crashing back to earth with a 3-0 win at the BHS gym last Friday.
In 2010, the Red Raiders, enroute to their 13th Division 1 state championship, blanked the higher-seeded Rocketeers in the quarterfinals and then defeated them in a regular season match in 2011.
That trend continued as the Red Raiders rolled to the 25-15, 25-15, 25-9 victories.
Leading the Barnstable effort in the win were Andres with eight kills and eight digs, Bristol with seven kills and four blocks, Koen with six kills and two blocks, Kenney with six kills, Crook with 24 assists and 11 digs and Mamlock with one kill and five blocks.
Cape Cod Times, 10/18/12
Dartmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 10/17/12
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0
HYANNIS — The Raiders won in straight sets in Old Colony League play to improve to 4-0 in the league and 12-0 overall.
Barnstable won 25-11, 25-16 and 25-11.
Regan Bristol contributed 12 kills, Colleen Koen added eight kills and Hannah Andres recorded six kills. Kayla Crook tallied 34 assists while Stephanie Martin chipped in nine digs. Holly Wilson and Nicole Desrosiers contributed 19 service points apiece.
Cape Cod Times, 10/16/12
Hopkinton @ Barnstable, Win 3-1, 10/15/12
Barnstable 3, Hopkinton 1
HYANNIS — Barnstable volleyball got big contributions from all over the floor, outlasting the Hillers 25-18, 31-33, 25-13 and 25-22.
Barnstable improved to 11-0 with the win, dropping just their third game of the season in the second game. Neither side had more than a three-point lead in the second game before Hopkinton (11-3) won on a service ace. Junior Hannah Andres had 17 kills, 19 digs and two aces while senior captain Regan Bristol added 14 kills, two blocks and one ace, senior captain Colleen Koen had 12 kills and one block and junior Colleen Kenney had five kills.
Junior Stephanie Martin had a match-high 21 digs along with three aces while sophomore Nicole Derosier had 10 digs and senior captain Anna Strock added 11 digs. Senior captain Meghan Mamlock contributed three blocks.
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Cape Cod Times, 10/13/12
North Attleboro @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 10/12/12
Barnstable 3, North Attleboro 0
HYANNIS — Hannah Andres had eight kills and Colleen Koen, Reagan Bristol and Colleen Kenney each had seven as the Red Raiders remained undefeated with the three-game sweep.
Barnstable improves to 10-0 with the 25-15, 25-15, 25-9 victory.
Kayla Crook had 28 assists for the Red Raiders while Stephanie Martin had six digs and three aces.
Bristol had four blocks for Barnstable while Megan Mamlock and Koen notched three apiece.
Nicole Desrosiers was a perfect 8-for-8 at the service line while Hannah Strock had four digs.
Cape Cod Times, 10/11/12
Barnstable @ Bridgewater-Raynham, Win 3-0, 10/10/12
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
BRIDGEWATER — Senior Meghan Mamlock served 12 straight points in the third game to help the Red Raiders seal a tournament qualifying victory over the Trojans, 25-10, 25-7, 25-10.
Mamlock used seven aces in serving Barnstable (9-0, 3-0 Old Colony League) from a 9-7 lead to a 21-7 lead to help the Red Raiders, who have won the last two Div. 1 State Championships and eight of the last nine, to another MIAA tournament berth.
Senior Regan Bristol sparked the offense with 10 kills while senior Kayla Crook spread things around with 25 assists. Juniors Colleen Kenney, Ciara Bruning and Hannah Andres had four kills each while junior Stephanie Martin had eight digs.
The Barnstable Enterprise, October 12, 2012
Red Raiders Blank Trojans
To Earn 24th Straight Trip To South
Sectional Volleyball Tournament
Fresh off their second Under Armour Tournament of Champions championship, the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team clinched their 24th straight trip to the MIAA South Sectional tournament with a 3-0 win over Old Colony League rival Bridgewater-Raynham on Wednesday night.
The host Trojans were no match for a determined bunch of Red Raiders who chalked up the 25-10, 25- 7, 25-10 victory that upped their season’s record to 9-0 and their OCL mark to 3-0.
The Red Raiders were never threatened in this OCL contest as their balanced offensive attack was made even more potent by a great team defensive effort.
Leading the Barnstable offense were Regan Bristol with 10 kills, Colleen Kenney, Hannah Andres and Ciara Bruning with four kills apiece, Anna Strock and Olivia Brodt with two kills each and setter Kayla Crook with 25 assists.
Setting the defensive tone for their team were Stephanie Martin with eight digs, Nicole Derosier with four digs and Liz Gorrill with three digs.
The Red Raiders also got a great performance from outside hitter Meghan Mamlock, who showed off her serving skills in the third game with a 12-point run at the service line Red Raiders Blank Trojans To Earn 24th Straight Trip To South Sectional Volleyball Tournament that included seven aces. Mamlock’s impressive run at the service line catapulted the Red Raiders’ lead from 9- 7 to 21-7 and sealed the Trojans’ fate.
The Red Raiders took on all comers at the Under Armour Tournament of Champions in Holyoke last weekend and for the second time in as many years, brought home the tournament championship trophy.
After posting an 8-2 record in pool play, the Red Raiders eliminated Notre Dame Academy of Hingham in the semifinals before dispatching Lincoln-Sudbury 2-1 in the finals.
The Red Raiders had no trouble playing their way into the Gold Bracket as they defeated Hollis Brookline, the defending New Hampshire Division 1 champion, 25-11, 25-21, Minnechaug 25-12, 25-17 and Frontier Regional 25-18, 25-22 and split their two-game sets with Newton North, 23-25, 25-18, and Westborough 25-13, 24-26 in pool play.
In the one-game semifinal against the Cougars of Notre Dame, the Red Raiders prevailed 25-10 to earn a berth in the finals against Lincoln-Sudbury.
The Warriors won the first game 27-25 but the Red Raiders pulled even with a 25-17 win in the second game before closing out their rivals in the third and deciding game by a 15-4 margin.
Anna Strock and Nicole Derosier had outstanding third-game efforts at the service line as Strock came through with 10 points while Derosier served up the last five points.
Leading the BHS offense in the championship match were Regan Bristol with nine kills and a block, Hannah Andres with five kills, Colleen Kenney with four kills and Colleen Koen with four kills, the last of which was the title game clincher.
Stephanie Martin was the Red Raiders’ defensive star as the junior libero came up with nine digs.
Image Source: Tina Crook
The Barnstable Enterprise, October 5, 2012
Red Raiders Remain Unbeaten, Tough Out 3-1 Win Over Medfield
Now that’s volleyball!
In a display of tournament-level volleyball, the Barnstable High girls’ volleyball team fended off a very serious challenge from perennial Division 2 powerhouse Medfield and remained undefeated on the season with the hard-fought 3-1 win at the BHS gym on Wednesday.
Playing in front of a large crowd made up of fans of both teams, the Red Raiders looked both fabulous and ordinary but showed that when push comes to shove, you best be ready for a scrap.
The win over the Warriors ran Barnstable’s record to 8-0 and, after winning a tough road test against Notre Dame of Hingham, the Red Raiders had all they could handle in the Warriors, working long and hard to come away with the 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 25-21 victory.
The Red Raiders found out they were in for a long night in the first game as they grabbed an early 6-2 lead that was powered by middle hitter Regan Bristol, who accounted for four of those points with an mini-assortment of power and touch shots, only to have the Warriors rally behind outside hitter Alex McDevitt and spend the rest of the game hot on the heels of their hosts.
With Colleen Koen, Colleen Kenney and Hannah Andres adding to the BHS attack, the Red Raiders stayed in front until a kill by McDevitt evened the score at 18-18.
Andres halted the Medfield charge with a four-point run at the service line and back came the Warriors, tying the score at 23-all, before a block of McDevitt by Kenney and setter Kayla Crook and a Bristol kill gave the home team the 1-0 lead.
The Red Raiders of the second game looked nothing like the Red Raiders of first game as the Warriors traded points with their hosts until they scored 10 of 12 points to turn a 9-10 deficit into a 19-12 advantage.
Barnstable got no closer as the Warriors evened things up with the 25-15 decision.
The third game was another hammer- and-tongs affair as anything the Red Raiders threw at the Warriors, the Warriors returned in kind as McDevitt, and fellow outside hitters Natalie Czelusniak and Kristin Fechtelkotter were matching Koen, Bristol and company in finding the floor with well-struck shots from anywhere along the net.
A pair of kills by Bristol got the Red Raiders off to a quick start but as was the case in the first two BHS Girls’ Volleyball games, the Warriors were in for the long haul.
The teams traded points with Crook keeping her hitters well-supplied with perfectly-placed sets. Koen and Kenney made their presence felt with a fl urry of kills as the Red Raiders made a bid to pull away except the Warriors would have none of it and, after trailing by as many as six points (15-9), closed to within 20-19 on a kill by who else but McDevitt.
Bristol added to the slim lead with a nice down-the-line kill, Ciara Bruning came off the Barnstable bench to knock down a service ace and Andres went cross-court with a kill to close out the win.
It was the same old story in the fourth game and an exciting story it was as the Red Raiders and Warriors kept hammering away at each other, the Warriors looking to get back into the match, the Red Raiders looking to bring their guests’ visit to an end.
Bristol, Andres and Kenney carried the offensive load early on while the Warriors used their big three to keep pace and the visitors then quieted the home crowd with a 4-0 that resulted in a 12-8 lead.
It was gut check time for the Red Raiders and they certainly did not come up lacking as Meghan Mamlock came up with two point-saving digs, then teamed with Bristol on the block that put Barnstable back in front 21-20.
After a kill by Fechtelkotter cut the BHS lead to 22-21, Koen slammed the door on the Warriors with three straight kills. The senior middle hitter went back line with the first kill before going left then right with a pair of cross-court kills.
Another key to the Red Raiders’ resurgence in the third and fourth games was the play of libero Stephanie Martin, who did a very nice job of serve receive and also came through with some stellar back-line defensive play. Martin led the Red Raiders’ defensive effort with 22 digs. The Red Raiders also got strong two-way efforts from Bristol (16 kills, 12 digs), Koen (12 kills, three blocks), Andres (eight kills, 19 digs) and Kenney (eight kills, five digs, one block) while Anna Strock (11 digs) and Holly Wilson (eight digs) also got it done defensively.
Crook, as always, was the glue that holds the offense together and the motor that makes it go. The senior setter handed out 38 assists, knocked down a kill, made a pair of blocks, came up with 10 digs and her back set that led to a booming kill by Bristol in the final game was as pretty an assist as there is. Kudos also to Ciara Bruning for an impressive outing off the bench, coming into a couple of tough spots and making the big plays.
Barnstable High outside hitter Hannah Andres powers a shot through a pair of Medfield defenders during first-game action of Wednesday's volleyball match at the BHS gym.
The visiting Warriors put up a good flight but it wasn't enough to keep the Red Raiders from posting the 3-1 win. Andres did her part in the victory, knocking down eight kills and coming up with 19 digs.
Source: The Barnstable Enterprise, October 5, 2012. Photo by Kathleen Cugini
The Barnstable Enterprise, October 5, 2012
BHS Volleyball Record Set
Kayla Crook became the first player in Barnstable High School history to record 1,500 assists when she handed out 38 assists in the Red Raiders' 3-1 win over perennial Division 2 title contender Medfield on Wednesday.
Cape Cod Times, 10/4/12
Medfield @ Barnstable, Win 3-1, 10/3/12
3, Medfield 1
HYANNIS — Two of the top girls volleyball teams in the state squared off Wednesday in a compelling match with reigning Division 1 champion Barnstable prevailing over Medfield, 3-1.
The matches were close with the Raiders winning 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 25-21. "We got the job done," said Barnstable head coach Tom Turco.
Kayla Crook set a Red Raider record in the match, notching her 1,500th assist, the first Barnstable volleyball player to achieve that number. She had 42 assists in the game.
Regan Bristol had a solid game with 16 kills and three blocks for Barnstable (8-0). Colleen Koen had 12 kills, including the final two of the match to clinch the win. Also playing well for the Raiders were Hannah Andres, who had eight kills and 19 digs. Hannah Strock had 11 digs and Stephanie Martin was immense on the back line with 22 digs and was 15-for-15 serving including two aces.
Medfield falls to 8-2.
Kayla Crook of Barnstable sets up a shot against Medfield during Wednesday night's match won by the Red Raiders 3-1. Crook recorded her 1,500th assist, a school record.
Source: Cape Cod Times, October 4, 2012. Photo by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
The Barnstable Enterprise, September 28, 2012
Athletes of the Week
Cape Cod Times, 9/27/12
Barnstable @ Dartmouth, Win 3-0, 9/26/12
3, Dartmouth 0
DARTMOUTH — Year in and year out teams think they might be the one to knock off the Red Raiders from their perch as tops in the state, and every year those teams learn why this is the most powerful volleyball program in the region.
Wednesday, Dartmouth (5-1) came into its meeting with Barnstable with an unblemished record and after dropping matches 25-9, 25-13 and 25-23, joined those teams that have been dispatched by the Raiders over the years.
It was a complete win for Barnstable (7-0) with many contributors. Regan Bristol logged 10 kills and Hannah Andres chipped in with nine more. Kayla Crook recorded 21 assists while Stephanie Martin had a strong defensive effort with 19 digs. Anna Strock chipped in with eight digs and Holly Wilson had four aces and was 14-for-14 in service points.
Barnstable is back in action Wednesday with a big non-league contest hosting Medfield.
The Barnstable Enterprise, 9/28/12
Red Raiders Knock Dartmouth From Ranks of Unbeaten, Run Record to 7-0 With OCL Match Victory
It started out as a battle of unbeaten and finished with the Barnstable High girls' volleyball team being the one that stayed unbeaten after the Red Raiders blanked Old Colony League rival Dartmouth 3-0 in Dartmouth on Wednesday.
The Red Raiders, now 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCL, too their collective foot off the gas in the third game but still had no problem handing the Indians (5-1) their first "L" of the season with the 25-9, 25-13, 25-23 victories.
The Indians had no answers for a Barnstable offense that got 10 kills from Regan Bristol, nine kills from Hannah Andres and five kills from Colleen Koen. In addition, all three Red Raider frontliners got it done defensively, coming up with four blocks apiece.
Setter Kayla Crook was the catalyst for the BHS attack, setting up her teammates to the tune of 21 assists while Stephanie Martin (19 digs) and Anna Strock (18 digs) set the tone for a solid team defensive effort.
Strock and Holly Wilson also made contributions on the offensive side as Strock came through with 17 points from the service line while Wilson was connecting for 11 service points with four aces.
First Real Test
The Red Raiders passed a very important road test on Tuesday, not on the roadway but on the court, toughing out a 3-1 win over host Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.
The Cougars (5-2) were by far the best team the Red Raiders had faced so far this season and despite losing a game for the first time in six matches, the Barnstable girls showed that tournament-tested experience continues to pay dividends well on into future seasons, coming home with the 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, 25-14 decisions.
After letting a big lead slip away in the second game and almost having that happen again in the pivotal third game, the Red Raiders, with seniors Bristol, Koen and Crook leading the way, claimed all the big points until the match victory was theirs.
The trio powered the BHS attack with Bristol banging down 15 kills, Koen coming through with a 10-kill, four-block effort and Crook keeping the offense in high gear by handing out 33 assists and firing in 10 points, including three aces, from the service line and getting in on the defensive fun at the net with three blocks.
The Red Raiders also got a stellar outing from Andres. The junior outside hitter put together a nice little line, eight kills, nine points from the service line and 13 digs.
Barnstable's team depth was also a factor as the defense got a big lift from the play of Martin, who complemented a great defensive performance (18 digs) with 13 points (including an ace) from the service line, while both Wilson (nine service points with two aces) and Strock (seven service points with three aces).
Down Go the Dolphins
The Red Raiders looked none the worse for wear when, playing their third match in as many days, they tore past host Dennis-Yarmouth 3-0 last Friday.
With their balanced front-line attach, the Red Raiders did not drop a game, posting the 25-11, 25-16, 25-10 victories.
Leading the Red Raider offense were Koen and Andres with eight kills each, Kenney with seven kills and Bristol with five kills.
Crook dished out 18 assists to go with a 10-point effort at the service line, Wilson did her part with 13 service points (including two aces), Martin made a difference on both sides of the ball, finishing with nine service points (including three aces) and a dozen digs and Strock was a key ingredient on the team's solid defensive play with 11 digs.
Red Raiders Squared
The Red Raiders took on their longtime rivals, the Red Raiders of North Quincy, on September 20 and at least from this perspective, the good Red Raiders came away with the win as the Hyannis-based RRs dominated from start to finish and posted the 3-0 nonleague win.
The other Red Raiders never knew what hit them as the locals fashioned the 25-7, 25-10, 25-17 shutout victory.
Barnstable got great play at the net from Bristol (12 kills), Kenney (nine kills), Koen (eight kills) and Andres (eight kills) with Andres having a particularly impressive performance, finishing with 18 points (including five aces) from the service line and 14 digs.
Crook was her usual reliable self, earning 29 assists, and got in with the big kids long enough to knock down three kills.
The Red Raiders also got standout efforts from Wilson (nine service points with an ace) and Martin (13 digs).
Cape Cod Times, 9/26/12
Barnstable @ Notre Dame, Win 3-1, 9/25/12
Barnstable Passes Tough Volleyball Test
3, Notre Dame 1
HINGHAM — Undefeated Barnstable was hard pressed for the first time this season but survived for a 3-1 girls volleyball win on Tuesday over Notre Dame of Hingham.
The 6-0 Red Raiders won 25-15, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-19.
"That was the first really competitive match we've had that could have gone either way," said Barnstable coach Tom Turco. "The positive of this is that we replaced a lot of parts (from last year) and we have kids who haven't been in the fray before in a match that could go either way."
Notre Dame (5-2) had lost previously only to Medfield in a five-game match.
Barnstable squandered a 20-12 lead while losing the second game, and almost gave up a 20-12 lead in the third game.
It was the play of seniors Regan Bristol, Colleen Coen and Kayla Crook that assured the victory. Bristol finished with 18 kills in 30 attempts, Coen had 10 kills and Crook finished with 33 assists and four aces.
Hannah Andres (13 digs) and Stephanie Martin (18 digs) paced the defense. Holly Wilson was 17-for-17 from the service line with two aces and seven digs.
Cape Cod Times, 9/22/12
Barnstable @ Dennis-Yarmouth, Win 3-0, 9/21/12
Barnstable 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 0
SOUTH YARMOUTH — Kayla Crook had 26 assists and Holly Wilson had 12 service points including a pair of aces as the Red Raiders remained undefeated.
Barnstable (5-0) prevailed in three games, 25-11, 25-16, 25-10.
Colleen Cohen had nine kills and one block for the Red Raiders while Hannah Andres recorded seven kills and one block.
Rebecca Tierney had six assists and one ace for the Dolphins (4-2) while Julicia Robles had seven digs and had an excellent all-around match.
Cape Cod Times, 9/21/12
Barnstable @ North Quincy, Win 3-0, 9/20/12
Barnstable 3, North Quincy 0
QUINCY — Hannah Andres put on a volleyball clinic in undefeated Barnstable's 25-7, 25-9, and 25-17 sweeping of the other Red Raiders.
Andres was 8-for-13 in kills with no errors, collected six aces while going perfect from the service line, and had 16 digs.
Colleen Cohen also had a standout game collecting nine kills and three blocks, while Stephanie Martin contributed on defense with 13 digs.
Kayla Crook amassed 21 assists in the meeting, while Ragen Bristol tallied 11 blocks, three kills, and three digs.
Colleen Kenney registered nine kills, while Holly Wilson and Anna Strock were both perfect from the service line.
The Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 Old Colony League) will look to keep winning ways rolling, as they head out on the road today to face Dennis-Yarmouth. North Quincy is 4-2.
The Barnstable Enterprise, 9/21/12
Red Raiders Don't Miss a Beat, Blank B-R in OCL Volleyball Action
After a week off from competitive play, the Barnstable High girls' volleyball team showed no ill effects whatsoever when the Red Raiders got back into action with a 3-0 win over visiting Old Colony League rival Bridgewater-Raynham at the BHS gym on Wednesday.
The Red Raiders, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the OCL, were in control from the start and had no trouble disposing of the game but over-matched the Trojans, racking up the 25-4, 25-6, and 25-13 victories.
With a service game that was once again nearly flawless, the Red Raiders were better every place on the floor, using a hustling team defensive effort to backstop an impressive performance by their front line players.
The Trojans scored the match's first point but a kill by outside hitter Colleen Kenney and an eight-point run at the service line by Regan Bristol gave the Red Raiders a double-digit lead that was never threatened.
Middle hitter Colleen Koen and outside hitter Meghan Mamlock powered the offense in the first game, combining to not only control the play at the net but also banging down kills that kept adding to the BHS lead.
Holly Wilson then finished off the Trojans with an 11-point run at
the service line that was highlighted by kills from Koen and outside hitter Hannah Andres.
The Barnstable domination extended into the second game as Stephanie Martin and Koen combined on a 10-point run from the service line that gave the Red Raiders a lead that again would not be threatened.
Kenney ripped three kills through the B-R defensive alignment and Koen, who doesn't get to serve on a regular basis, showed off her back-line skills as the Trojans were unable to return five of her six serves.
The Trojans avoided the shutout thanks to a kill by Lawryne Boyle, but the Red Raiders were unfazed and went right back on the attack with kills by Kenney and Andres, and a nice touch shot by Bristol upped the home team's lead to 17-1.
Service aces by Anna Strock and Ciara Bruning extended the lead before Mamlock served the game's last two points that gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead.
With most of the starters on the
bench for the third game, the Red Raider reserves got off to a shaky start but didn't take long to regroup and finish off the OCL shutout.
With Wilson serving up four aces in five serves and Nicole Desrosier, Liz Gorrill and Kenney finding all the holes in the B-R defensive alignment, the Red Raiders outscored the Trojans by a 20-8 margin to complete the sweep.
Every player that took the floor for the Red Raiders got in on the scoring with Koen (21 kills and four digs), Kenney (19 kills and six digs), Bristol (16 kills, four aces and six digs), Andres (13 kills and 13 digs), and Mamlock (11 kills and three digs) leading the way.
Setter Kayla Crook was the engine that drove the BHS machine as the senior dished out 47 assists to go with four service aces, a kill and nine digs.
The Red Raiders also got standout performances from Wilson (10 aces, three kills and 10 digs), Strock (six aces, one kill and 13 digs), Bruning (four aces, four kills and two digs), Gorrill (four kills and three digs), Martin (two aces and 17 digs), Desrosier (three aces, four klls, and six digs), and Olivia Brodt (two aces, one kill, one dig and 12 assists).
Cape Cod Times, 9/20/12
Bridgewater-Raynham @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 9/19/12
Barnstable 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
HYANNIS — The Raiders were overpowering in a 25-4, 25-6, 25-13 sweep of the Trojans on Wednesday in an Old Colony League match up.
Senior setter Kayla Crook contributed 16 assists for Barnstable. Colleen Kenney and Colleen Koen each had eight kills. In addition, Meghan Mamlock added five kills, while Nicole Derosier and Hannah Andres had three kills apiece. Holly Wilson led the Raiders with six service aces.
The victory keeps Barnstable undefeated at 3-0. Its next match up comes this afternoon at North Quincy (5-1).
The Barnstable Enterprise, 9/14/12
Red Raiders Blank Clippers and Boxers to Open Season
The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least for the Barnstable high girls' volleyball team as the Red Raiders began the defense of the Division 1 state title with 3-0 wins over Brockton and Falmouth.
After dismantling the Clippers in their season opener on Monday, the Red Raiders made the trip to the City of Champions and brought home their second shutout win of the season.
The Boxers wound up being the ones getting knocked out as the Red Raiders rolled to the 25-6, 25-10, 25-11 match victory.
The Red Raiders turned in an almost flawless team effort, committing just five hitting errors in the match and continuing to get it done at the service line, dropping in 92 percent of their serves en route to the nonleague shutout.
Senior setter Kayla Crook, finally fully recovered from a bout with pneumonia, played all three games and paced the Barnstable effort with 28 assists, 18 service points and four aces.
With Crook setting the table, the Red Raiders unleashed a balanced offensive attack as middle hitters Regan Bristol and Colleen Koen and outside hitters Hannah Andres and Colleen Kenney all came through with seven kills.
Also getting in on the fun at the net were Meghan Mamlock with five kills and three blocks, Ciara Bruning with three kills and two aces and Holly Wilson with two kills and three aces. Coming through with strong defensive performances were Stephanie Martin with 11 digs and Anna Strock with eight digs.
An Impressive Start
The Red Raiders opened their 2012 season against archrival Falmouth and the Clippers proved to be no match for their hosts as the Barnstable girls cruised to the 25-10, 25-3, 25-6 decisions.
With very few exceptions, the Red Raiders did not look like a team playing its first match of the season as the players back from last year's team showed off their improved skills while the newcomers that saw action in the season opener all made contributions to the cause.
Kills by Mamlock and Bristol and a combined block by those same players helped the Red Raiders jump out to a 9-2 lead in the first game. A five-point run at the service line by Crook and a pair of kills by Kenney closed out the first game and when Olivia Brodt opened the second game with a five-point service-line run, the handwriting was on the wall once again.
With Bristol, Koen, Mamlock, Andres and Liz Gorrill banging down kills and Wilson delivering a game-ending, 10-point run at the service line, the Red Raiders set themselves up for the shutout win with the very one-sided 25-3 victory.
The Clippers had to be wondering what they did in another life to deserve such a fate when Barnstable's Nicole Derosier began the third game with three straight aces to give her team a lead it would not give up.
Koen was the dominant force in the final game, knocking down kill after kill while Andres and Bruning were combining on a game-ending 11-point run at the service line. Leading the Red Raiders to the season-opening win were Bristol with nine kills, two blocks and two aces, Koen with eight kills and two blocks, Kenney with six kills, Mamlock with four kills and two blocks, Andres with two kills and Gorrill, Brodt and Emma Glover with one kill each and Derosier and Anna Strock with three aces each.
Crook and Brodt were the club's playmakers, recording 10 and seven assists, respectively.
Cape Cod Times, 9/13/12
Barnstable @ Brockton, Win 3-0, 9/12/12
BROCKTON — The Red Raiders swept the Boxers in straight games, beating them 25-6, 25-10, and 25-11 in the non-league match.
Barnstable completed the sweep with a consistent scoring unit as Colleen Koen, Colleen Kenney, Regan Bristol and Hannah Andres each collected seven kills while Meghan Mamlock registered five. Senior captain Kayla Crook came up big with 28 assists in the outing. It wasn't all offense for Barnstable, as Stephanie Martin came away with 11 digs, while Anna Strock chipped in with eight digs. Holly Wilson also had a strong night as she tallied nine service points and three aces. Barnstable (2-0) hosts Bridgewater-Raynham on Wednesday.
Cape Cod Times, 9/11/12
Falmouth @ Barnstable, Win 3-0, 9/10/12
Barnstable 3, Falmouth 0 HYANNIS – Regan Bristol, Colleen Koen and Colleen Kenney led the Red Raiders to a 25-10, 25-3, 25-6 season-opening victory over the Clippers.
Bristol had nine kills and two blocks while Koen had eight kills and two blocks and Kenney had six kills. Kayla Crook had 10 assists at setter while Olivia Brodt added eight. Meghan Mamlock added four kills and two blocks for Barnstable while Anna Strock (five digs, three aces), Stephanie Martin (six digs) and Holly Wilson (nine digs) were key on defense.
Cape Cod Magazine, August Issue
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