Danielle (Dani) Derosier has had a ringside seat for the dynasty that is Barnstable volleyball.
The standout senior has been part of the program since she was in eighth grade and a member of the varsity team since her sophomore year.
And in the position of defensive specialist of libero, she is predominantly in a back row position where she can see everything going on out on the court.
“Communication on the court is very important, so I get to talk to my hitters and tell them whether to tip it or whether to hit it,” she explained. “I think the communication on the court is a key factor.”
Barnstable coach Tom Turco credits her outstanding defensive ability as one of the keys to the Red Raiders' dominance this season.
“She’s a really good defensive player and has been our back row specialist,” said Turco. “She is a hard worker and just a really good kid.”
A key member of the team that captured the state Division 1 title last season, she realizes that in order to defend that championship the team has to take every game one at a time.
“Winning the state title last year was a great accomplishment for us,” she said. “Each game is a stepping stone to the end and winning a state championship is a big factor.”
The Red Raiders have won 17 state titles in the past 24 years, but Derosier knows that her team has to take responsibility if they want to see number 18 come this season.
“We know we’re not entitled to anything. We can’t take credit for what’s happened in the past,” she said, “but it’s cool to have that tradition. It’s a lot of pressure to live up to the legacy, but that’s part of our motivation — to live up to the past.”
She hopes to continue playing volleyball next year, should she decide to go to a Division 3 school. She realizes the opportunity to play on the Division 1 level may be much more difficult.
Either way, she hopes to major in elementary education, or video production and digital media.
1. Favorite subject: English, because I can use my creative side
2. Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
4. Favorite movie: “The Sandlot,” funny movie and a great humorous plotline
5. Favorite TV show: “Friends”
6. Favorite Cape Restaurant: DJ’s wings
7. Favorite Cape hangout: Any beach
8. Favorite Sports team: The New England Patriots
9. Favorite Athlete: Bobby Orr
10. Favorite “pump up” music: Barnstable Volleyball walk-out music
11. Best advice I’ve received: “If you want to, you can achieve anything”
12. Person I’d most like to meet: Brad Paisley
13. Hobbies and interests: I am a three-sport varsity athlete: volleyball, ice hockey and lacrosse. I also love singing while playing my guitar and the piano. I love performing in the Barnstable High School musicals.
14. Own greatest sports moment: Volleyball Division 1 State Championship my junior year 2015-2016; definitely the best feeling in the world.
15. Most inspirational person: My mom depends on a pace-maker defibrillator to survive, but from the outside you would never know. She is the most upbeat, encouraging woman and never lets heart failure affect her.
16. Pre-game rituals/ superstitions: Before every game I usually have a blue frost Gatorade to hydrate and I wear my hair a certain way for every game: two braids into a ponytail.
17. Bucket list place to visit: Greece and Italy
18. Biggest sports setback or obstacle: I had mono in the eighth grade, removing me from both volleyball and hockey, but I have been healthy enough to not have any setbacks.
19. College plans/ Major: Plan to go to a college or university to study elementary education and minor in communications or psychology.
20. Advice to young athletes: The best teammate is a selfless teammate. Team accomplishments are far more rewarding than individual achievements.
Who’s in, who’s out in Barnstable-area sports playoffs
|Riley James goes up high to hammer a point home.
Soure: Picture by Mike Richard, The Barnstable Patriot, 11/11/2016
|Ingrid Murphy delivers a spike.
Soure: Picture by Mike Richard, The Barnstable Patriot, 11/11/2016
Volleyball Barnstable 3 — Oliver Ames 0. Nov. 7 — Barnstable dispatched Oliver Ames with relative ease, sweeping all three games. The Red Raiders were led by Caroline Brodt (28 assists), Riley James (19 kills) and some point-producing serves from Dani Derosier and Sara Higgins.
Barnstable 3 — Mansfield 0 — Nov. 9. The Red Raiders have advanced to the South Sectional finals for a record 24th time in 25 years and seventh straight time with the win. This time, it was the trip of sophomore James (25 kills, seven digs, four aces), Ingrid Murphy (14 kills, seven digs) and Brodt (35 assists, nine digs, two aces) that led the way. Barnstable will face Walpole for the South Sectional championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Silver Lake Regional in Kingston.
HYANNIS -- They came out strong, withstood some pressure from an upset-minded opponent and then just ran away.
The top-seeded Barnstable girls volleyball team simply did what it just about always does, sweeping No. 4 Mansfield by scores of 25-17, 25-11, 25-13 on Wednesday night to advance to the final of the Division 1 South Sectional.
The Red Raiders (20-1) will play Walpole, a 3-1 winner over New Bedford in the other semifinal, at Silver Lake Regional on Saturday at 5.
“We came out of the gate strong,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco, adding that the Hornets served well in keeping the first game close for awhile.
His Raiders dealt with the pressure.
“I thought they weathered the storm,” he said.
Mansfield coach Melissa Heeden knew it wouldn’t be easy.
“They played a great game,” she said.
Barnstable sophomore Riley James had a game-high 23 kills, seven digs and four aces, sophomore Ingrid Murphy had 14 kills and seven digs, and junior Caroline Brodt had a game-high 35 assists, nine digs and two aces.
The Hornets posed some problems.
“They’re a tough team with a strong defense and they block well,” Riley said. “So we had to find a way to get around that.”
The teams fought through half a dozen ties in the first game, but the Red Raiders pulled away after a tie at 16. The second game was never close, but Mansfield made it closer in Game 3, reeling off six straight points to take a 10-8 lead. But Barnstable came back with a 7-0 streak to take command once again.
Shannon Kennedy Cabral, a senior, added two kills, two aces and a block for the Red Raiders, senior Dani Derosier had nine digs and senior Sara Higgins came off the bench to contribute four aces and 10 service points.
HYANNIS –The top-seeded Barnstable Red Raiders opened the defense of their Division 1 state volleyball championship in typical fashion on Monday night, rolling over ninth-seeded Oliver Ames, 3-0.
The Red Raiders (19-1) started slowly, if you can call losing the first two points of the opening game a sluggish beginning. After that, they dominated in every facet, from the service line to the net, winning 25-11, 25-8, 25-3.
“We had scouted Oliver Ames, so we knew they had some good hitters and some good athletes,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “We just had to keep them out of their system. And our attack was on pretty good tonight. I thought we also were in control at the service line. Danielle (Derosier) and Caroline (Brodt) served really well and got us a lot of points.”
Brodt finished with a team-high seven aces to go along with 28 assists, while Derosier got the Red Raiders going in the first game by serving nine straight points for a 13-3 advantage. Riley James collected four of her 19 kills during that stretch, as the Red Raiders took complete control of the match.
“We started out strong in every game, but it’s hard to keep your momentum against a talented, aggressive team like Barnstable,” Tigers coach Chelsea Correia said. “It’s definitely a culture of winning there. Players are all-in with the program. I’m glad we had the privilege to play them in the tournament.”
The Red Raiders won the second game in similar fashion. With James alternating between powerful spikes and deft touches that slipped over the net and into open areas, they jumped out to a 15-4 cushion. Brodt served two aces, while Derosier, James and Sara Higgins were all at the service line for four points apiece.
The Red Raiders’ determination to avoid any sort of letdown against the Tigers, who finished the season at 11-11, was evident in the third game. They scored the first 13 points, with Brodt at the service line for 12. Brodt collected four aces in that stretch and James had three kills.
“You have to be competitive on every single point,” Turco said. “You can’t look at the scoreboard; you just have to stay competitive. They take pride in every point and they don’t like giving points away.”
The Red Raiders are back in action on Wednesday night when they host No. 4 seed Mansfield as they continue pursuit of their 18th state championship since 1993.
“This is the best time of the year. It’s our Fourth of July,” Turco said. “It’s single elimination, with the excitement of that, and having to constantly prepare and stay on the right track.”
Oliver Ames (11-10) at Barnstable (18-1), 6 p.m. - The No. 9 Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over No. 8 Whitman-Hanson. Their reward, a matchup with 17 time state champion and top seeded Barnstable, which dropped just one match all season. The Red Raiders have won five of the last six state titles including last year after losing out in 2014. The Barnstable line-up is deep, from top to bottom, with sophomores Riley James and Ingrid Murphy leading the charge at the net, junior Caroline Brodt spreading the offense around at setter and senior captain Danielle Derosier leading the way on defense at libero. Oliver Ames finished in the middle of the Hockomock league, which was won by King Philip, the No. 2 seed in Div. 1 Central/East.
Another year, another No. 1 seeding for the Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball team.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) announced its volleyball sectional brackets Tuesday, and defending Division 1 state champion Barnstable was awarded the top seed in Division 1 South.
Dennis-Yarmouth leads a trio of Division 2 South local qualifiers as the third seed, while Bourne is the highest-seeded of five Division 3 South Cape teams as the No. 8 team.
It’s the second straight year the Red Raiders (18-1) have earned the top seed in Division 1 South, and the third time in four years. Barnstable will be going for its seventh consecutive South Sectional title, having won it every year but once since 1995.
“That’s what they work for,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “You’re challenged every single night, but the whole motivation of the regular season is to get the opportunity to have two home (playoff) games.”
Barnstable earned a bye into the South quarterfinals, the date and time for which haven’t been announced. The Raiders will meet the winner of Friday’s first-round matchup between No. 8 Whitman Hanson (11-10) and No. 9 Oliver Ames (10-10).
The Old Colony League-champion Raiders didn’t play either team during the regular season, but they do enter sectionals having seen No. 5 Bishop Feehan, No. 6 Brockton and No. 9 Bridgewater-Raynham, an OCL rival.
Ingrid Murphy led the way with 24 kills and 11 digs in the Red Raiders’ 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of the Rangers in Westboro.
Riley James finished just behind Murphy with 23 kills, four aces and a game-high 20 digs. Dani Derosier had 18 digs, Caroline Brodt had 41 assists and nine digs and Bridget Murphy had three aces.
Barnstable (17-1) wraps up its regular season with Senior Night on Monday at home against Duxbury
|Barnstable High School's girls volleyball team gathers around Olivia Brodt, center, a former Red Raiders player after their match against Medfield.||Photos by Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times|
HYANNIS – The Barnstable High gymnasium was ablaze in yellow, from the handmade signs and the balloons to the Red Raiders’ jerseys and the shirts worn by the coaches and the fans. The guest of honor wore a yellow sundress, and when Olivia Brodt was presented with the last of 16 yellow roses from her sister, Caroline, during an emotional team introduction, there seemed to be little doubt that the Red Raiders were going to win on Tuesday night.
“We had some extra motivation tonight,” said Danielle Derosier, who was a sophomore when Brodt captained the 2014 team. “Olivia has been so inspiring and we want to be there for her. We definitely felt like there was no way we were going to lose this match.”
The Red Raiders improved to 16-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Medfield, prevailing 25-12, 25-10, 25-16. But this night, which was called “ARMS Dig Yellow Night,” was about Brodt, who was diagnosed in April with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), a rare form of cancer that develops in the skeletal muscles of children and young adults.
Proceeds from Tuesday night’s match, which included a raffle of lottery tickets and sales of “Olivia Strong” bracelets and key chains, will go to help defray costs associated with her medical treatments.
“People have really come together,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “Only those who have gone through something like this or had family members go through it understand what it’s like when you’re going to Boston every day for treatment. You’re talking about hotel rooms, meals and so forth. We’re just trying to take away some of that burden.”
One of Brodt’s favorite quotes is: “We can’t always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it.” Since April, she has endured 27 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, with 16 remaining. There are currently no signs of visible tumors. Last week, she signed up for her spring semester at Babson College, where she will be entering her sophomore year. Through it all, she has remained remarkably upbeat.
“She’s a courageous woman. It’s no different from when she played here,” Turco said. “She was one of those kids who never said a negative word. She’s just incredibly positive all the time.”
Brodt credits her time with the Red Raiders in helping with her battle. “What I learned from Tom Turco I’ve been able to apply to real life,” she said. “His goal is to make not only strong players but strong people, and I’ve been able to use his inspiring words in my journey.”
She admitted feeling slightly overwhelmed upon entering the gym on Tuesday night. “To see it all decorated and everyone dressed in yellow just gave me a great feeling of support,” she said. “It was special and very inspiring to know that so many people are behind me.”
And when her sister, the Red Raiders’ junior setter, presented her with the final yellow rose? “I got a little teary eyed,” she admitted.
The emotion swung in both directions.
“She is my role model,” Caroline said. “It’s really inspiring to see how strong she has been. Her courage is incredible. To have everyone uniting as one and coming together with their support really means a lot to our family and especially to Olivia.”
Fittingly, Caroline earned the last assist of the night to secure the win, giving her a team-high 37 to go along with eight digs and three aces. Riley James collected 23 kills and eight digs, while Derosier had 15 digs.
After it was over, the Red Raiders gathered for a team photo, with the guest of honor standing front and center. The only thing brighter than Barnstable’s yellow jerseys was the smile on Olivia Brodt’s face. Individual donations to help
Individual donations to help Olivia Brodt in her fight against ARMS can be made at www.gofundme.com/Olivia-Brodt.
The Barnstable High School girls volleyball team won its second tournament of the season Saturday, going 11-1 in pool play at the Medfield Endowment Tournament before knocking off Newton North in three sets in the championship.
It was the Red Raiders’ second tournament win of the season, the other being the VolleyHall Classic earlier this month. Both tournaments saw Barnstable defeat Newton North in the championship. The Tigers are the only team this season to beat the Red Raiders (15-1), the defending Division 1 state champions, winning in five sets on Sept. 30.
“Any time you lose a match, it’s certainly motivating,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “It magnifies your weaknesses and the things that you need to work on in order to be successful.”
Barnstable won all three of its morning pool matches in Medfield with 2-0 sweeps of Bishop Feehan, Westborough and Weston. Barnstable swept Hopkinton and Medfield and split 1-1 with Duxbury in the afternoon, setting up the championship against Newton North. Barnstable lost the first set 25-23, then came back to win the next two 25-23, 25-22 for the title.
“You see a lot of different competition (in tournaments),” Turco said. “You have to make adjustments on the fly. The players see different teams, different defenses.”
The Red Raiders followed a similar pattern last year, losing to Andover in the regular season but beating the Golden Warriors in the Medfield tournament.
Barnstable went on to beat Andover in the Division 1 state championship.
In a battle of Massachusetts girls’ volleyball elite, third-ranked Barnstable took down second-ranked Notre Dame of Hingham in three straight sets on the road Thursday night, handing the Cougars their first defeat.
The Red Raiders, the defending Division 1 state champions, wasted little time in asserting their dominance, taking the first set, 25-18, on aggressive play from the service line.
“Whether you’re at home or on the road, you have to establish momentum early on,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “Notre Dame has a pretty small gym and that plays into the noise factor. We talked prior to the game about making sure we had loud communication and came in strong.”
The Cougars (14-1), the defending champions in Division 2, did not concede quietly though, fighting back to the tie the second set at 21. With a possible advantage swing hanging in the balance, strong play at the net from sophomores Riley James and Ingrid Murphy allowed the Red Raiders (15-1) to claim the set, 25-22.
James contributed a game-high 14 digs to go along with 23 kills, while Murphy added 13 digs and 12 kills.
“We needed to control the serve-receive game if we wanted to succeed against a team like Notre Dame,” Turco said. “We took their serves well and consistently stayed on attack.”
Senior Dani Derosier led the victors with 10 service points, including five straight to finish off the third set, 25-16. Three games remain in Barnstable’s regular season as it prepares to defend its crown and give Turco his 18th title in 29 years.
“The girls work extremely hard and are confident in their ability as a group,” Turco said. “We play some high-caliber teams over the course of the year, all so that we are prepared come tournament time.”
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HINGHAM - Riley James notched 23 kills, and the Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball team handed the Notre Dame Academy Cougars their first loss of the season, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 in Hingham.
Notre Dame Academy (14-1) is the defending Division 2 state champions and ranked No. 1 in some statewide polls.
James also had 14 digs for Barnstable (15-1), while Ingrid Murphy had 12 kills and 13 assists. Dani Derosier had 13 digs and a game-high 10 service points, closing out a third set that was 18-15 at one point before she served the last five points in a row.
Caroline Brodt ran the office with 37 assists, while Shannon Kennedy Cabral had nine service points, including four aces, and a block.
Sophomore Riley James and Ingrid Murphy led the Red Raiders with strong offensive efforts as Barnstable swept the Warriors in Hyannis, 25-17, 26-24, 25-16.
James led Barnstable (14-1) with a game-high 19 kills while also adding 12 service points, including four aces, and nine digs.
Murphy added 13 kills, 10 digs and a pair of aces for the Red Raiders.
Senior Dani Derosier led Barnstable on defense with a game-high 13 digs while junior Caroline Brodt added 33 assists at setter while also contributing a pair of aces and seven digs. Senior Sara Higgins had a game-high service aces for the Red Raiders.
Barnstable is at Notre Dame of Hingham (15-0) on Thursday.
THE BARNSTABLE PATRIOT
By Mike Richard, October 14, 2016
|Bridget Murphy, Abbie Hatch, Zoe Slade, Coach Tom Turco,
Dani Derosier, Shannon Kennedy-Cabral and Sara Higgins.
So you’re starting out as a coach and you’re looking to build a successful program? Just go out, buy a copy of NBA coach Pat Riley’s “The Winner Within,” integrate it into your team philosophy and daily practice sessions, and then watch the team take off.
That seems to be the secret behind the success of Barnstable volleyball’s winning dynasty, according to coach Tom Turco.
You can’t dispute the statistics. The Red Raiders have qualified for the post-season tournament for the past 28 seasons, have captured the South Sectional championship 21 times – including the last six in a row – and have won an unprecedented 17 state championships.
“It’s no big secret. In large part it’s due to the players setting their own goals,” said Turco. “They meet on their own in the school after the tryout sessions. The goals are their goals and they originate from the players.”
Senior co-captain Dani Derosier agreed. “Every year we set our goals right off the bat and we’re all on the same page,” she said. “Coach Turco guides us to have the mental and physical toughness and depend on each other on and off the court.”
It was back in 1992 that longtime Harwich High School coach Glenn Rose shared the Riley book with Turco.
“I looked at (the book) and began reading the prologue,” said Turco. “I read the whole book one summer and thought, ‘This is a home run.’ (Riley) brings up things that are amazing, and it’s really helped us out a lot.”
It may be no coincidence, then, that the following year, in 1993, the Barnstable volleyball team won its first Division 1 state championship, the first of 17 over the next 23 years.
“You’ve gotta have a good team and we’ve been blessed with some awesome volleyball players,” said Turco. “You can have a good team, but you also need to have a together team who are working toward and seeking their own goals. There’s a belief they can acquire their goals.”
Turco’s squad uses Riley’s “The Winner Within” as a team textbook.
“We take it chapter by chapter through the season; the chapters are taught and presented by the seniors,” he said. “The players write a summary of each chapter and it has become an incredible teaching tool. It’s really a positive part of our season and I couldn’t imagine going through a season without it.”
Those senior players on the team – Derosier, Abbie Hatch, Bridget Murphy, Shannon Kennedy-Cabral, Sara Higgins and Zoe Slade — who take part in presenting the Riley lessons, have high praise for process.
“‘The Winner Within’ has a big role in what we do,” said defensive specialist Hatch. “The lessons we learn from that really help us as a team.”
Higgins, a two-year varsity player, added, “I think the book really helps us put everything together. We learn the skills from coach Turco, and then we learn the mental stuff behind it with the book,” she said.
The Red Raiders to date have suffered only one loss, to perennial power Newton North back on Sept. 30, by a 3-2 score.
It was Newton North that topped Barnstable in the 2014 state semifinals and broke up a string of four straight state championships.
However, the Red Raiders achieved a measure of revenge this past week when they defeated Newton North to win the VolleyHall Classic at American International College in Springfield. It was Barnstable’s second championship there in four years, as they also won the inaugural classic in 2013.
“Oh we’ll see them again this season, you can be sure of that,” Turco said with a smile, referring to a likely meeting with Newton North in the state tournament.
Obviously, while the Red Raiders still have another full month of the regular season ahead of them, they will soon focus their attention on the district and state tournaments.
“We talk about entitlement; the fact that we’re entitled to nothing,” explained Turco. “Every team here starts the season 0-0. If you want to achieve certain things, we’ve got the things to help or guide you to get there. But it’s you who needs to get the job done.”
Senior middle-hitter Kennedy- Cabral noted, “We have multiple goals we set for ourselves each season and a state championship is one of them,” she said. “It’s just an honor to be part of this program.” “We have a willingness to work and we all want to win,” said senior hitter Murphy.
“We have a great defense and we’re all very motivated to win.”
While the seniors have provided outstanding leadership, the Red Raiders also have a bevy of exceptional underclass players including juniors Caroline Brodt, Haley Kennedy- Cabral, Delaney Funk, Mackenzie Connor, Carolyn Kenney and Meaghan Wiggin.
Sophomores Riley James, Ingrid Murphy, Madelyn Murphy and Olivia Berler have also been invaluable to the squad.
While he rarely brings up the word “dynasty” when describing his team, Turco is more excited to talk about the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Excellence award – for any team that carries a 3.3 GPA for the entire season. The Red Raiders have won it more times that he can count.
“The only pressure they feel is the pressure they put on themselves,” said Turco. “They and only they, and their predecessors, know the hard work that’s put on them.”
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HYANNIS - Barnstable sophomore Riley James had 22 kills while classmate Ingrid Murphy added 10 kills and the Red Raiders swept Dartmouth, 25-14, 25-13, 25-9, on Wednesday evening to clinch the Old Colony League championship. Barnstable (12-1), which has won the OCL title every year since its inception in 2000, hosts North Quincy (9-1) Thursday in a big match. Dartmouth is 10-4.
James added seven digs defensively for the Red Raiders (12-1, 4-0 Old Colony League) while Murphy had six digs.
Senior Shannon Kennedy Cabral had a big night, finishing with eight kills, while classmate Dani Derosier had two game-highs, with eight digs and 17 service points.
Junior Caroline Brodt sparked the offense with 39 assists while adding 12 points at the line, with four aces.
The Red Raiders gained a measure of revenge after losing to Newton North earlier this season, beating the Tigers 25-18 in the championship of the VolleyHall Classic at American International College in Springfield.
Barnstable was the top seed heading into the tournament, which featured 24 teams from six states. The Raiders won the morning pool with 2-0 victories against East Lyme (Connecticut) and Southington (Connecticut) and a 1-1 draw with Bishop Feehan. They then swept Bristol Eastern (Connecticut), Hollis-Brookline (N.H.) and Central Catholic, 2-0 each, to win the afternoon pool and advance to the Gold Bracket playoffs.
Following a first-round bye, Barnstable beat Medway 25-15 in the one-set Gold semifinal, then beat Newton North to win the tournament for the second time in four years. Barnstable won the inaugural classic in 2013 and lost to Scarsdale (N.Y.) in the 2015 championship.
Barnstable, the defending Division I state champion, lost 3-2 to Newton North on Sept. 30, the Raiders' only loss so far this season.
Sophomore Riley James used a well rounded effort, 25 kills, eight digs and eight service points, to help the Red Raiders over the Dolphins 25-11, 25-18, 25-22 in South Yarmouth.
Classmate Ingrid Murphy was also strong for Barnstable (11-1), finishing with nine kills and nine digs while junior Caroline Brodt sparked the offense with 34 assists while adding 11 points at the service line and aiding the defense with seven digs.
Senior Danielle Derosier added 10 points at the line and eight digs while senior Abbey Hatch had a big dig in the third set that turned the momentum of that game in favor of the Red Raiders.
Barnstable is in Springfield on Monday to take part in the VolleyHall Tournament of Champions.
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Senior Shannon Kennedy Cabral had a season-high eight kills to go along with a pair of aces as the Red Raiders swept the Trojans in Old Colony League action, 25-13, 25-15, 25-12 in Bridgewater.
With the win Barnstable, now 10-1, qualified for the South Sectional tournament for the 28th straight season.
Sophomore Riley James led the Barnstable attack with a game-high 14 kills as well as three aces, while classmate Ingrid Murphy had six kills and three aces.
Junior setter Caroline Brodt had a game-high 33 assists while providing 16 points at the service line, including six aces.
Senior Dani Derosier again sparked the defense with 15 kills.
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HYANNIS - Sophomore Ingrid Murphy had a game-high 13 kills to go along with three aces as the Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball team beat the Falmouth Clippers on Tuesday evening, 25-9, 25-10, 25-8.
Sophomore Riley James added 11 kills and four aces for Barnstable (9-1), while Shannon Kennedy Cabral had a game-high six aces for the Red Raiders.
Caroline Brodt spread the offense around for Barnstable with 27 assists. Dani Derosier had a game-high eight digs, and sophomore Olivia Berler served out the final six service points for the Red Raiders, with three aces in the run.
The Clippers (6-5) battled well with the Red Raiders, tying Barnstable 8-all in the second game before the hosts won 25-10. Falmouth coach Ernie Holcomb commended his squad for one of their best performances against Barnstable.
Holcomb noted the key contributions of Jenni Rose DiCecco, Kerry Shanahan and Abby Pope. Holcomb and the Clippers also got strong play from Paige Meade and Riley Gregory at setter.
Sophomore Riley James had 28 kills and a game-high 22 digs but the Red Raiders fell to the undefeated Tigers 25-20, 16-25, 13-25, 25-21, 13-15 in Newtonville.
James added three aces among nine service points for defending state champion Barnstable (8-1), which lost for the first time since a loss to Andover last October.
Sophomore Ingrid Murphy added 13 kills and 19 digs for the Red Raiders while junior Caroline Brodt had 39 assists, 19 digs and eight points at the service line.
Senior Dani Derosier was also key on defense for Barnstable, contributing 17 digs.
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MEDFIELD - The Barnstable Red Raiders continued their run through opponents, blanking the powerful Medfield Warriors on Tuesday evening by girls volleyball scores of 25-11, 25-22 and 25-19.
A key to the win for undefeated Barnstable (8-0) in most of the matches this season has been sophomore Riley James, who continued to dazzle with 24 kills and nine digs. Another sophomore, Ingrid Murphy chipped in with nine kills and six digs.
Zoe Slade had a solid match coming up with a key kill in the third set with the score tied at 19-19. Abigail Hatch added three service aces and Shannon Kennedy Cabral finished with three kills.
Senior Dani Derosier was solid with a game-high 13 digs and 10 service points, while junior setter Caroline Brodt chalked up 32 assists.
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Riley James had 21 kills and Caroline Brodt added 36 assists to lead the Red Raiders past the Boxker in Hyannis, 26-9, 25-15, 25-10.
Brodt added 12 service points at the line while Delaney Funk also had a dozen points at the service line.
Ingrid Murphy contributed 10 kills offensively while Dani Derosier sparked the defense with 11 digs.
Barnstable (7-0) is at Medfield on Tuesday. Brockton is 5-2.
At Dartmouth, Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 0. 25-17, 25-13, 25-18
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Sophomore Riley James had 31 kills and classmate Ingrid Murphy added 25 kills as the Red Raiders edged the Cardinals in five sets, 25-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-7 in Swansea.
James added a pair of aces amidst a game-high 17 service points while also contributing 12 digs for Barnstable (5-0), which handed Case (5-1) its first loss of the season.
Murphy also chimed in on defense with 14 digs. Junior setter Caroline Brodt paced the offense with 53 assists while adding five kills and 11 digs.
Abby Hatch added 12 points at the service line, senior Dani Derosier had 21 digs and 11 service points and Sara Higgins was strong off the bench.
The Red Raiders travel to North Dartmouth on Wednesday for an Old Colony League match with Dartmouth.
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Riley James had 19 kills while Caroline Brodt notched 26 assists to lead the Red Raiders to a 25-14, 25-8, 25-7 sweep of the Trojans in Hyannis.
James, a sophomore, added eight digs to go along with her 19 kills for Barnstable (4-0). Brodt, a junior, had a game high six aces en route to 18 service points for the Red Raiders while senior Sara Higgins added 10 points at the service line, senior Danielle Derosier had seven digs and nine service points and Delaney Funk added seven service points against Bridgewater-Raynham (1-2).
Barnstable is off until Monday when they travels to Swansea to take on Case.
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Barnstable's Ingrid Murphy recorded 27 kills, three aces and 11 digs in the Red Raiders' 3-1 win over Hopkinton on Monday in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Sophomores Riley James and Ingrid Murphy dominated the net with 27 kills each, leading the Barnstable Red Raiders to a 3-1 girls volleyball win over the Hopkinton Hillers on Monday. Barnstable won by scores of 25-15, 21-25, 25-7, 27-25 in Hopkinton’s first loss of the season.
James added a pair of aces and 12 digs for Barnstable (3-0), while Murphy had three aces at the service line and 11 digs on defense.
Junior Caroline Brodt spread the offense around for the Red Raiders with 55 assists. Senior Dani Derosier had a game-high 27 digs.
Barnstable hosts Bridgewater-Raynham on Wednesday. Hopkinton is 2-1.
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Ingrid Murphy of Barnstable reacts with her team as they win point closing in at the end of the third set against D-Y.
Maddie Maranda of Dennis-Yarmouth attempts to get the ball past Bridget Murphy of Barnstable in Thursday night's match in Hyannis.
HYANNIS - Sophomore Riley James tallied a game-best 18 kills, and the Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball team swept the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins 25-14, 25-9, 25-10 on Thursday.
Ingrid Murphy chipped in 11 kills, eight digs and two aces for Barnstable (2-0), while setter Caroline Brodt facilitated the offense with 33 assists, plus seven digs and three aces. Dabu Derosier led the defense with 15 digs, and James had eight digs.
D-Y (1-1) got a standout defensive effort from sisters Taylor and Josie Deluga. Taylor had 12 digs and 19 service receptions, while Josie had 11 digs and 16 service receptions.
The Dolphins also got eight kills and three blocks from Abbey Criser, two kills and a block from Tara Coppinger and three kills from Maddie Maranda.
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The defending Division 1 state champion Barnstable Red Raiders picked up were they left off last volleyball season, with a win, beating the Central Catholic Raiders, 3-0, on the road Wednesday evening.
Sophomore Riley James led the charge with 18 kills, nine digs and seven service points while classmate Ingrid Murphy had 15 kills, 17 digs and 12 points at the service line as Barnstable swept the match, winning 25-14, 25-17, 25-21.
Junior setter Caroline Brodt sparked the Barnstable offense with 36 assists while senior Dani Derosier added 17 digs and 11 service points and Abigail Hatch had eight digs to the winning effort.
Barnstable is back in action today, hosting Dennis Yarmouth.
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Written by Mike Richard
Delaney Funk, left, and Riley James captured their second straight Spike U New England High School Beach Volleyball Championship at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire last weekend. James was also named tournament most valuable player for the second straight year.
The USA Women’s Beach Volleyball duo of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor captured an unprecedented three straight gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012 at the Summer Olympics. A three-peat such as that may be within reach for a Barnstable High duo who last weekend captured their second straight New England Beach Volleyball title. Barnstable High School junior Delaney Funk and sophomore Riley James were winners of the 2016 Spike U New England Beach Volleyball Championship in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Since the tournament is not held during the school year, it is not conducted under the auspices of the high school. “You’re referred by your high school because it’s a tournament for high schoolaged kids,” said Funk, “but you don’t represent your high school. You just have to be high school-aged or going into high school.” The two girls rolled through pool play undefeated through all six games in their Southern Division. From there, they defeated a pair from Central Catholic in the semifinals and then beat a Duxbury duo 2-1 in the South finals to capture the Southern Division title. From there, they faced Northern Division champ Nashua (NH) and earned a decisive 2-0 win to grab the overall New England title. “The games started at nine o’clock in the morning and finished after three in the afternoon,” said James. “We had some breaks and you’re not playing the whole time, but most of the time you’re going.” Funk added, “It was nice, after a really long day of working out, to finish where we did and win it again.” Not only did the two girls win their second straight New England title, but for the second year in a row James was named the MVP of the tournament. “There were a lot of real good people playing and there was such tough competition, so it was an honor to again be chosen MVP,” she said. Funk, a 5-5 setter who spent last season on the Barnstable JV team, was brought up to the varsity team for the Raiders' run to the state title. James, a 5-10 outside hitter, will be entering her sophomore year at Barnstable High and was on the varsity squad last season. Both girls are school choice students who live in Bourne. “I’m probably better at defense, I can’t really hit like Riley,” said Funk, when asked about the best part of her game. James noted that she focused on hitting on offense, while Funk was better when it came to defense: “You need to have that balance of everything because there are only two people.” Since a high school volleyball team is comprised of six players to a side, the girls acknowledged that the twoplayer game on the beach changes things in several ways. “You have to rely on your partner a lot and trust that they’re going to get the ball up,” said Funk. “It’s a real workout, playing in the sand as opposed to solid ground.” James agreed. “With only two people, there’s a lot of cardio involved,” she said. “You are only two people out there running around in the sand, so you have a lot more touches on the ball.” The two girls were keen observers of the recent beach volleyball played at the Rio Summer Olympics and realize the level of play it takes to be an Olympian. “We don’t play the same as they do, they do a lot more blocking and we haven’t reached that level just yet,” said Funk. “They’re very good at moving around; they’re very good models for us for beach volleyball.” The key to their success for the past two years has been their ability to work together and have fun out there while doing it. “We’re both really competitive and we have the same goals to win and to have fun at the same time,” said James, “so it has really worked out well for us.” Funk added, “We work well together and we have fun and do well together.” The two girls try to practice as much as they can during the summer at Smugglers Beach in Yarmouth where there are a lot of people out there playing. Both girls have hopes of continued success on the Barnstable High School team, which has captured 17 state titles since 1993 and 11 of the last 13. From there, they also have their sights set on another trip back to Hampton Beach next summer for a chance at their own unprecedented third consecutive New England championship.
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Barnstable sophomore Riley James sets up a shot against Andover in last year's state chamionship game won by the Red Raiders.
Barnstable High School’s dominance in girls volleyball speaks for itself. The Red Raiders have won 17 state championships in 23 seasons -- including last fall -- plus 21 sectional titles and 16 straight Old Colony League championships.
Offseason training is one critical element of Barnstable’s continued success. Coach Tom Turco said all of his likely varsity players competed with club teams after the high school season ended last fall.
Most players stuck with Turco in the Cape Cod Junior Olympics program that ran in the winter and spring, then held smaller camps in the summer. Sophomore Riley James played for SMASH Volleyball in Newton, while sophomore Ingrid Murphy played for Southern Alliance Volleyball out of Randolph.
Turco said most of his players seek out these programs on their own and rarely require his encouragement.
“I don’t say a word to them. I don’t advertise whatsoever, and we have 210 kids in Junior Olympics,” he said.
The Red Raiders, like all teams across the state, began their preseason tryouts and practices Thursday. (Football began last week).
Turco said opening day quickly reveals who has or hasn’t put the effort into improving since last fall, even if that’s not the explicit goal.
“I can tell. The guy you’re competing with has gone crazy (in the offseason) and lifted and gotten bigger, faster, stronger.“
The American Volleyball Coaches Association has honored several teams, icluding the Barnstable High School girls' state championship squad, with its Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. The award salutes teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Barnstable players achieved a 3.3 team GPA and earned the distinction for the fourth straight year. The 2015 team included Madison Sollows, Megan Dombrowski, Ashley McCarthy, Michaela Cornwall, Jen Peacock, Savannah Halperin, Danielle Derosier, Abigail Hatch, Bridget Murphy, Shannon Kennedy Cabral, Sara Higgins, Caroline Brodt, Riley James, Ingrid Murphy, Haley Cabral, and Delaney Funk.
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AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients: https://www.avca.org/awards/2015-2016-avca-team-academic-award-recipients.html