Turco earns National Recognition
Barnstable girls volleyball coach Tom Turco received a plaque from the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Friday commemorating his 700th win. The award was presented at the AVCA National Convention in Pittsburgh. Turco hit the milestone in the Division 1 South final, as the Red Raiders beat Oliver Ames in five sets to advance to the state semifinals for the 10th straight year. He took over the program in 1988, and along with 700 total wins has brought home 18 state and 25 sectional championships. His program also has produced numerous players who went on to collegiate careers. His most recent ones include current senior Josie Deluga and 2019 graduate Riley James, who both signed with Division I Bryant University, and 2019 grad Ingrid Murphy, who was named the Northeast 10 Conference’s Rookie of the Year while playing for DII Bentley University.
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Six local girls volleyball players have been named to the Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Association's All State Teams. The All State Showcase will take place Monday at Westboro, with Divisions 2 and 3 playing at 6:00 p.m. and Division 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Barnstable's Josie Deluga and Dorian Funk will represent the Cape in Division 1. The Division 2 roster includes Falmouth's Riley Gregory and Dennis-Yarmouth's Alayna Rooney and Lucy Swanson, and Nantucket's Malika Phillip made the Division 3 team.
Division 1 State Girls Volleyball Semifinal: Barnstable’s season comes to a close with 3-2 loss to Winchester
Photo by Ron Schloerb
TAUNTON — One point here, one point there, and Barnstable would be playing for its 19 Division 1 girls volleyball state championship this weekend.
Instead, the Red Raiders had to console themselves on the sidelines as Winchester celebrated across the net.
Grace Thompson fired 13 kills and Camille Tosques added 12 as the Sachems gutted out an 18-25, 25-18, 22-25, 27-25, 15-13 win over the Red Raiders in the state semifinals Wednesday at Taunton High School.
Winchester (25-0), the North Sectional champion, will play Central-West winner Needham in the state finals Saturday at Worcester State University. Needham beat Boston Latin 3-0 to advance.
Barnstable finished its season 20-3. The Red Raiders won their 25th South Sectional title to reach the semis for the 10th straight year.
“I’m proud of what they accomplished,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco. “They were tough out there. They were tough the whole season.”
Barnstable led by seven or more points in both the second and fourth sets but failed to close out either one. Three late kills by Thompson tied the fourth set 22-22, then Tosques knocked one down out of the middle for a 23-22 lead.
Emily Mulcahy tied the set for Barnstable and a hit out of bounds gave the Red Raiders a 24-23 lead. But Tosques recorded another kill, then Barnstable’s Caroline Kiehnau (27 kills) hit out of bounds for a 25-24 Winchester advantage.
Kiehnau answered on the next point, but Tosques fired another kill and a Barnstable hit out of bounds gave Winchester the set.
“They beat us on the tip,” Turco said. “That’s where they beat us.”
The two teams traded leads throughout the fifth set, a race to 15 points. Tosques put her team ahead 7-5, but Vanessa Jones (15 kills, 1 block) rolled a shot to the back line to put Barnstable ahead 9-8.
But Jules Darrigo scored back-to-back points on a kill and an ace for a 10-9 lead Winchester didn’t relinquish. Shea Johnson (5 kills, 14 digs) twice pulled the Red Raiders back within a point on a kill and then an ace, but Tia Fiorentino made it match point for Winchester with a kill.
Kiehnau, Barnstable’s most explosive hitter Wednesday night, kept her season alive with one more kill, but Tosques drew the Red Raiders into the net on the next point to clinch the match,
“The girls, give them all the credit in the world,” said Winchester coach John Fleming. “Momentum was kind of back and forth. We gave ourselves a little wiggle room, but they’re so darn good that you have to finish. You need the last point, and I said, ‘Hey, let’s go win it.’ You just need to be better by 2 points, and luckily we were.”
Barnstable will say goodbye to five seniors in Dorian Funk (35 assists, 27 digs), Lauren Ogonowsky, Johnson, Caroline Lewis and Josie Deluga (40 digs, 4 aces). But Kiehnau is one of six juniors on the team, others including middle hitters Phoebe Gibson, Sophie Strock and Mulcahy, and setter Laura Cogswell (20 assists) is a sophomore.
“It’s a great group, it was a great year,” Turco said. “Very versatile, adapted to a ton of different lineups. We overcame some injuries throughout the whole season and persevered. To get into a state semifinal was something to their credit.”
Barnstable Volleyball loses heartbreaker to Winchester in State Semis
The Barnstable girls’ volleyball team made a valiant effort, but in the end, Winchester was just a little too strong and went on to capture a 3-2 victory in the Division 1 State Semifinals.
It marked the second time this season the Red Raiders fell to Winchester, after having lost a 3-1 match back on Sept. 16.
The Red Raiders took sets one and three (25-18 and 25-22), but the second set proved to be a tough one as Winchester came back from 6-0 and 12-5 deficits to win 25-18. The Sachems also took set four 27-25 and the all-important final set 15-13 for the margin of victory.
Barnstable ended another spectacular season 20-3.
Barnstable wins 10th straight sectional title as Turco gets 700th career victory
NEW BEDFORD — It will be a night that goes down in the history books for the Barnstable High School volleyball team, but it wasn’t easy.
The second-seeded Red Raiders continued their dominance of the Division 1 South Sectional field as they won their 10th straight sectional title, 25th in school history, and gave veteran coach Tom Turco his 700th career victory by surviving a battle with fourth-seeded Oliver Ames for a 3-2 victory at New Bedford High School on Saturday night.
“I thought we persevered tonight,″ Turco said. “We can put people in different positions to calm things down and we did that. Oliver Ames is a great program and [OA coach] Chelsea Cunningham has done a great job with them. They made us earn it tonight.
“You have to get through the South before you can get anywhere else and we have been fortunate to do it 10 times in a row. This is one of the biggest South Sectional championships we’ve won. This team set the bar high and we were able to reach it.″
Barnstable won the first set 25-17, but pulled away after it was tied 4-4 with a heavy net presence. Caroline Kiehnau had four kills in the opening set and three Phoebe Gibson blocks helped the Red Raiders close out the pesky Tigers.
Oliver Ames opened the second set with seven straight points and held off a furious Barnstable rally to win 25-23. After falling behind 7-0, the Red Raiders could never get within three points until they trailed 24-17 and three OA mistakes and two blocks from Lauren Ogonowsky closed the deficit to 24-23, before the Tigers won the set on a Barnstable bad serve. That was the first set loss in the South Sectionals for the Red Raiders since a 3-1 win over Bishop Feehan in 2014.
Barnstable took control in the third set after being tied 11-11 as once again the Red Raiders net presence with Kiehnau, Ogonowsky and Gibson supplied three blocks and three kills combined for a 25-21 win.
Oliver Ames forced a fifth and deciding game after scoring the final three points for a 25-23 fourth set win.
Barnstable slowly pulled away in the fifth set as Gibson started the Red Raiders run with a block and was able to force OA into mistakes and two bad serves gave Turco win No. 700.
“You have to have great athletes to [win] as many games as I have and the players are the ones that win the games,″ said Turco. “I’m blessed to be able to coach the sport I love at a school that I love. Thirty-two years as a head coach is a long time and I’ve had great assistant coaches, but it’s the kids that play and win the games.″
Barnstable will play North Sectional winner Winchester in the state semifinals Wednesday.
Barnstable's Turco wins 700th volleyball match
Photo by Mike Richard, Barnstable Patriot
Tom Turco still bristles at the thought of his first season as Barnstable girls’ volleyball coach in 1988, when his squad finished at 5-11 and he seriously considered stepping away from the job.
“I walked into (former athletic director) Steve Goveia’s office and said, ‘This is not something I’m good at,’” he recalled.
Showing infinite wisdom and the right dose of reassurance, Goveia simply told Turco to give it one more year.
“All I wanted to do was have a winning record. I couldn’t wait for the next year to be 12-11,” he said, adding, “Then, we turned it around and went 20-2 (in 1989) and it kept going from there.”
And now, exactly 695 wins after that initial season, Turco is the winningest coach in state volleyball history. Add in the 110 wins he had while coaching the Red Raiders boys’ team for nine seasons, it’s 810 victories and counting.
Turco reached the magical milestone of 700 on Saturday night, as the Barnstable girls outlasted a determined and feisty Oliver Ames squad, 3-2, to capture their 10th straight Division 1 South Sectional championship and their 24th in the past 25 years.
The Red Raiders split the first four sets, winning the first and third (25-17, 25-22) and losing the second and fourth (23-25, 23-25) before taking the clinching set 15-9 for the victory.
“They were a really strong team,” said senior captain Josie Deluga of the opposing Oliver Ames squad, “but we came together really well.”
“They really gave us a battle, and they’re a really good team,” said Turco, “but we pulled it together. We persevered through some tough times on the court, and we made some lineup switches. They embraced it, and we went back to our original lineup for the fifth set.”
To a person, each senior on the squad echoed the same sentiment and the same word – honored – when describing their relationship with Turco as their coach.
“It was such an honor to be out there,” said senior Dorian Funk. “It was such a milestone in his career and just an amazing total of wins. It was awesome to be out there and celebrate it. We were all like, ‘We have to win this game, for him.’”
Fellow senior Lauren Ogonowsky said she and the team knew what was at stake before the match.
“We knew beforehand that he was on the verge of his 700th (win), and we wanted to be a part of that, especially the seniors,” she said. “We wanted to leave it all out on the court, be aggressive and give it everything we have.”
Shea Johnson agreed, “It really means a lot. It was a great team effort, and it was really cool to be out there for his 700th win.”
Deluga has been part of the ride for the past four years.
“He’s an amazing person and an amazing coach,” she said. “I’m honored to be coached by him. He is an inspiration to me and the whole team, every day.”
Added the fifth captain, Caroline Lewis, “It’s such an honor to be on his team, and it’s a true reflection of his coaching. We all had trust in each other, especially in tough situations like tonight.”
The statistics are well known, but they still bear telling.
Over his 32 years as Barnstable girls’ coach, Turco’s squads have captured 25 South Sectional titles, logged an amazing ten undefeated seasons and set a state-record with 18 state championships amassing the 700 wins.
In typical fashioned, Turco deflected the attention to his players.
“We’ve had some great players over the years, those are the people who win the games,” he said. “I didn’t block any balls out there, I never served a ball, passed a ball or hit a ball.”
In addition, he heaped praise on his assistant coaches through the years, especially the current crew. Marylou Robles has been on the scene for 16 seasons; Jessi (Goode) Roundtree, a former Red Raider player who was part of a three-year undefeated run with three state titles from 2004-06; and Craig Brodt, whose daughters Olivia and Caroline were part of the program.
“When I think about it, I’m blessed to be able to coach a sport that I love in the place that I love for the past 32 years,” Turco added wistfully.
And Barnstable High is blessed that Turco listened to the advice of his former athletic director Goveia and decided to “give it one more year.”
Tom Turco’s Coaching Record
Year Record Tournament Results
1988 5-11 Did not qualify
1989 20-2 South Sectional Semifinalist
1990 16-6 South Sectional Semifinalist
1991 16-6 South Sectional Semifinalist
1992 18-5 South Sectional Finalist
1993 22-2 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
1994 20-3 South Sectional Finalist
1995 25-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
1996 27-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
1997 28-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
1998 27-1 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
1999 24-3 South Sectional Champs; State Semifinalist
2000 28-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2001 23-3 South Sectional Champs; State Finalist
2002 23-1 South Sectional Champs; State Semifinalist
2003 25-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2004 25-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2005 24-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2006 25-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2007 23-2 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2008 22-1 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2009 17-4 OCL champions; South Semifinalist
2010 21-2 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2011 23-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2012 21-1 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2013 23-0 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2014 18-5 South Sectional Champs; State Semifinalist
2015 23-1 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2016 23-1 South Sectional Champs; State Champs
2017 22-1 South Sectional Champs; State Semifinalist
2018 23-1 South Sectional Champs; State Finalist
2019 20-2 South Sectional Champs;
Total 700-64 Milestone Wins
No. Date Score
1 Sep. 27, 1988 Barnstable 2 – Coyle & Cassidy 1
100 Sep. 19, 1994 Barnstable 2 – Durfee 0
200 Sep. 18, 1998 Barnstable 2 – Quincy 0
300 Sep. 9, 2002 Barnstable 2 – Dennis-Yarmouth 1
400 Sep. 18, 2006 Barnstable 3 – North Quincy 0
500 Nov. 9, 2010 Barnstable 3 – Dartmouth 0
600 Oct. 14, 2015 Barnstable 3 – Dartmouth 0
700 Nov. 9, 2019 Barnstable 3 – Oliver Ames 2
Barnstable volleyball scores 10th straight Div. 1 South title
Coach Tom Turco earns 700th career win
NEW BEDFORD — There are dynasties, then there are things that are almost unheard of. What has transpired in Barnstable’s volleyball community over the last three-plus decades fits the latter, and the unmatched run continued for the Red Raiders and their fans Saturday evening.
Junior setter Caroline Kiehnau posted a team-high 19 kills, and sophomore setter Laura Cogswell notched 20 assists to go with 20 digs, delivering legendary head coach Tom Turco his 700th career victory, while helping No. 2 Barnstable clinch its 10th consecutive Div. 1 South title with an unforgettable 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded Oliver Ames.
“This ranks up with the very first (sectional) we ever won,” Turco said. “This group of players was determined to come out and prove to themselves that they could get things done. To get through the South was a big step. That was a really good team, Oliver Ames. Chelsea (Cunningham) has done a really great job building that program. They had to persevere through some rough times out there, and they did.”
Barnstable staved off a potential stunner, winning by scores of 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23 and 15-9.
Leading in the fourth set, 23-22, already up in the match 2-1 overall, it appeared Barnstable (20-2) was poised to close things out, and punch its ticket to the state semifinals.
Not so fast. Rather than packing it in, Oliver Ames (18-5) rattled off three straight points to force a do-or-die final game, sending a packed house at New Bedford High School into a full-blown frenzy.
This year is the first as a member of the Red Raiders for Kiehnau, who moved to the Cape from Georgia prior to the season. Although she is still getting somewhat acclimated, she has already seized a role as a leader, and she would show why down the stretch, rallying her teammates.
“You really just have to adjust to adversity,” Kiehnau said. “I think that was a theme of the whole game. I made an error, actually. I made a subbing error, I wasn’t supposed to be serving in the third set. And our whole team just had to adjust on the court. We made up for it, we brought it back to the fifth and we closed it out.”
Senior captain Josie Deluga also had a stellar performance for Barnstable, finishing with 41 digs. Dorian Funk had 23 assists and 10 digs as well. Oliver Ames was carried by Allison Kemp (36 assists), Alison Barth (40 digs), and Jordan Bosse (11 kills).
The win also marked the 25th sectional title for Turco in his 32-year tenure.
“It feels amazing,” Kiehnau said. “I’m so blessed to have an amazing coach like Tom Turco. I’m so happy for him, and his 700th win. This is my first season on his team, and I’m so happy for him about this…it’s an amazing experience.”
While the accolades continue to roll in, Turco is only focused on one thing however as always – that being the next game on the schedule.
“That’s a nice milestone…when you’re in the fifth game of the season,” Turco chuckled when asked about his latest achievement.
“Back to the drawing board,” the coach said. “We’ll enjoy this momentarily, then it’s back to film studies.”
Relentless Barnstable Red Raiders girls volleyball storms into finals
Josie Deluga joins her teammates after the winning point
against Bishop Feehan.
Pictures by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
Phoebe Gibson and Caroline Kiehnau seemed to jump a little bit higher with every ball hit their way.
By the third set, the junior duo had Barnstable in control at the net and firmly on its way to another berth in the Division 1 South girls volleyball finals.
Kiehnau and Gibson combined for 19 kills and seven blocks, leading the No. 2 Red Raiders to a 25-21, 25-9, 25-11 win against the No. 3 Bishop Feehan Shamrocks in the South semifinals Thursday at Barnstable High School.
“The energy tonight was just great,” Gibson said. “I was making sure (about) piking over, jumping as high as I could, timing, just everything. With every point we got, the team’s energy was crazy high tonight.”
Barnstable (19-2) will try to win its 10th straight South title at 5 p.m. Saturday at New Bedford High School. The Red Raiders, who last year finished as state runner-up, will face No. 4 Oliver Ames, which upset top-seeded Dartmouth 3-2 in the semifinals.
Bishop Feehan (15-5) hung with Barnstable for the early portion of the first set, taking a 5-2 lead off four Red Raider hitting errors and staying ahead 13-11 on another ball hit into the net. Momentum then began to swing Barnstable’s way, as Kiehnau (12 kills, two blocks) put her team up 15-14 with a kill and Gibson added two big hits out of the middle for a 22-16 lead.
The Shamrocks got within 23-21, but Gibson’s kill ended a five-point run, and a Feehan hit out of bounds ended the first set.
“She’s made some adjustments on her attack that allow her to get a better angle on the block,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said of Gibson. “She has really good vision when she blocks. Throughout the years you see certain players that actually use their eyes as a big part of the block. I believe that she sees the ball hit her hands.”
Barnstable never trailed after that, as the Shamrocks couldn’t defend a Red Raider attack that spread 36 kills among eight players and blocked eight shots, the third-highest total of the season. Kiehnau had three kills, Gibson (seven kills, five blocks) rejected a Feehan hit for a 9-2 Barnstable lead early in the second set, and Gibson added three points as the Red Raiders closed out the second set with eight unanswered points. Kiehnau, who proved equally explosive hitting from the left and right sides of the net, finished the second set with a kill, then scored twice as Barnstable opened up an 8-1 lead in the third set and never looked back.
“I just love being able to play at such a high competitive level and knowing that anyone in the front row can make a play,” said Kiehnau, who moved here this year from Atlanta. “This is my first season on this team, and it’s an amazing first impression. I love playing with everyone here.”
Emily Mulcahy, another Barnstable middle, added six kills. Dorian Funk ran the offense with 22 assists, while Josie Deluga spearheaded the defense with 20 digs.
Barnstable’s defense limited Feehan to just seven kills and three aces throughout the match. Of the Shamrocks’ 41 total points, 28 came on Barnstable errors.
“Once they got loosened up, they became really, really aggressive on their attack,” said Turco, who won his 699th career girls volleyball match. “That’s what they need to be doing.”
Barnstable girls volleyball moves to semifinals with sweep of Durfee
Pictures by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
HYANNIS — When Tom Turco talks about the balance in the Barnstable girls volleyball team’s attack, this is what he means.
The No. 2 Red Raiders got kills from nine different players and scored from all along the net, leading to a 25-14, 25-18, 25-13 sweep of the No. 7 Durfee Hilltoppers in the Division 1 South quarterfinals Monday at Barnstable High School.
Barnstable (18-2) will host the South semifinals on Thursday. The Red Raiders will play either No. 3 Bishop Feehan or No. 11 New Bedford, who play today.
“My message to them was that you have to attack,” said Turco, who won his 698th career girls volleyball match. “This is the playoffs. You can’t be rolling, you can’t be tapping. You use those for points, but you have to go on the court with strength, and you have to take control of the match right away.”
Barnstable’s offense has worked best this year when setter Dorian Funk (20 assists) has been able to distribute the ball between multiple hitters. That worked for the Red Raiders again on Monday, as outside hitter Vanessa Jones led the way with seven kills, followed by Phoebe Gibson and Emily Mulcahy with six each out of the middle and Caroline Kiehnau with five from the right.
“Every single play was a different hitter getting the ball,” Jones said. “We all communicate well, so we know where the ball is going, but we don’t let the other team know.”
Three kills by Jones gave Barnstable an 8-2 lead early in the first set, and another Jones kill made it 22-12 ahead of Gibson finishing off the set with a hit out of the middle. Gibson also knocked down some slide sets to the right side of the net, while Kiehnau hit outside in the second set and right side in the third.
One of Kiehnau’s three big kills in the second set put Barnstable ahead 15-9. She added two and a block on the right side in a key five-point run in the third set that made it 16-4, a set that earlier featured three straight aces by Laura Cogswell (five aces, eight assists).
Of Barnstable’s 30 total kills out of the front row, 13 came from the outside, eight came from the middle and nine from the right.
It’s a dramatic change from last year’s team, in which almost 80 percent of its kills came from senior outside hitters Riley James and Ingrid Murphy.
“It makes it so fun, because half the time we don’t know where the set’s going,” Gibson said. “It’s so fun playing. Everybody gets a kill. It’s shared so evenly.”
The Red Raiders only trailed for one point all match. A serve out of bounds gave Durfee (13-8) a 1-0 lead to start the third set before the Hilltoppers served out one point later.
Barnstable’s defense also made sure to never let Durfee build any sort of momentum. The Hilltoppers had just one run of three or more points in each set, scoring four straight in the first and third sets and three in a row in the second set.
The rest of the time, Barnstable made sure to side out quickly and return the serve to its side. Libero Josie Deluga, who’ll play for Division I Bryant University next year, led the defense with 16 digs and four aces.
Deluga ended Durfee’s long run in the first set by punching the ball back over the net, and the Hilltoppers hit their next attack out of bounds to make it 18-12 Barnstable.
“It’s really important to side out quickly, just because momentum is such a big part of volleyball,” Gibson said. “If you don’t side out quickly and you just don’t put everything in, then it can fall apart and you can lose momentum so fast.”
Barnstable 3, Duxbury 0
Junior Emily Mulcahy and classmate Caroline Kiehnau led a well balanced Red Raiders’ offense with 10 and nine kills respectively, in a 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 win in Duxbury.
Junior Vanessa Jones added eight kills for Barnstable while junior Phoebe Gibson had five. Senior captain Dorian Funk had 20 assists and senior captain Laura Cogswell had 13 assists. Cogswell also served for 11 points while junior Emma Tilton served for 11, Josie Deluga had 19 digs and senior captain Shea Johnson had 11 digs.
The win was the 15th straight for the Red Raiders (17-2), who await today’s South Sectional pairings.
Barnstable wins Ranger Hawk Tournament
The Red Raiders beat Algonquin 2-1 with a 15-11 score in the third and deciding set, winning their second straight Ranger Hawk Volleyball Tournament in Westboro Saturday.
Barnstable opened the day with 2-0 wins over Frontier Regional, Medway and Cardinal Spellman in the morning pool play, before beating Westboro and Duxbury 2-0 in the Gold Finals pool play. The Red Raiders then split the first two sets with Algonquin before taking the third and the tournament title.
Barnstable 3, Sandwich 0
The Red Raiders had a strong game at the net, downing the Blue Knights 25-6, 25-8, 25-7 in Cape & Islands Atlantic play in Hyannis.
Junior Vanessa Jones led nine Barnstable players in kills, with six, while classmates Phoebe Gibson and Emily Mulcahy had four each and sophomore Allison Nystrom and Lindsay Jones had three each.
Sophomore Laura Cogswell had 16 assists for the Red Raiders (16-2, 8-0 C&I Atlantic), who also got six assists from senior captain Dorian Funk. Cogswell and Funk were also key at the service line, finishing with 18 and 17 points respectively. Cogswell had eight aces.
Senior captain Josie Deluga sparked the defense with 18 digs and junior Sidney Higgins was key for Barnstable in the back row in the second set. Sandwich is 8-10, 2-5 in the league.
Barnstable 3, North Quincy 0
Junior Emily Mulcahy had 12 kills on 12 attempts, leading the visiting Red Raiders to a 25-8, 25-9, 25-11 win in North Quincy.
Junior Vanessa Jones added five kills for Barnstable (15-2) while senior captain Dorian Funk and sophomore Laura Cogswell had 13 and 10 assists, respectively. Senior captain Jose Deluga had a match-high 15 digs to go along with six service aces for the Red Raiders, junior Phoebe Gibson had three blocks and Cogswell also contributed 24 points at the service line.
Red Raiders won the match with a 25-8, 25-9, 25-11 win over North Quincy.
Barnstable 3, Medfield 0
Senior captain Lauren Ogonowsky had eight kills and senior captain Dorian Funk had four kills and 13 assists, leading the Red Raiders to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 win on Senior Night in Hyannis.
Senior captain Josie Deluga added 20 digs and 13 service points, with three aces, for Barnstable (14-2) while senior captain Shea Johnson had three kills, nine digs and 15 points at the service line.
Senior captain Caroline Lewis added three kills for the Red Raiders.
Barnstable 3, Andover 0
Junior Emily Mulcahy had nine kills and classmate Vanessa Jones had eight kills, leading the Red Raiders to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-12 win in Andover.
Sophomore Laura Cogswell has 10 assists and 11 service points for Barnstable (13-2) while senior captain Dorian Funk had nine assists and 12 service points, senior captain Josie Deluga had 11 assists and junior Emma Tilton had seven digs.
Barnstable 3, Central Catholic 0
Juniors Emily Mulcahy and Vanessa Jones had nine kills each and senior captain Dorian Funk and junior Phoebe Gibson had six kills each as the Red Raiders won 25-14, 25-17, 25-7 in Hyannis.
Sophomore Laura Cogswell spread the offense around for Barnstable (12-2) with 19 assists while Funk added 16 assists. Senior captain Josie Deluga had 19 digs defensively for the Red Raiders and junior Emma Tilton and Cogswell contributed nine digs each.
Barnstable girls volleyball wins first ever C&I Atlantic title
After winning 19 straight Old Colony League championships, the Barnstable Red Raiders battled past the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins 25-15, 25-22, 25-23 in South Yarmouth on Thursday to win the inaugural Cape & Islands League Volleyball Atlantic title.
Dennis-Yarmouth (11-2, 4-2 C&I Atlantic), whose only two losses this season have come at the hands of the Red Raiders, gave Barnstable (11-2, 7-0) a run for its money, particularly in the third set.
Freshman Grace Presswood provided the Dolphins with some key serving in the third set, as D-Y battled back from a 16-11 deficit to tie the Red Raiders at 16-all. Presswood had two aces down the stretch as the Dolphins again tied the game, this time at 23-all, before an error gave Barnstable the match.
“It was one of the most exciting comebacks against a really good team,” Dolphins coach Dru Sisson said of the third set.
Sophomore captain Lucy Swanson had seven of her team-leading 14 kills in the final set to help D-Y make a run at forcing a fourth set.
Junior Vanessa Jones led the Red Raiders’ offense with nine kills while classmate Emily Mulcahy added five and senior captains Dorian Funk and Lauren Ogonowsky chipped in with four kills each. Funk and sophomore Laura Cogswell spread the offense around with 16 and 14 assists, respectively, while senior captain Josie Deluga sparked the Barnstable defense with 27 digs.
Swanson added 19 digs to go along with her 14 kills and also served for three aces for the Dolphins. Fellow sophomore captain Alayna Rooney had 23 digs, junior Ana Luiza Da Silva added 22 assists and 10 digs, Presswood had two aces, seven kills and 24 digs and junior Rose Baler had three blocks and a kill.
Punching their ticket: Barnstable girls volleyball clinches 31st straight tournament berth
BARNSTABLE — The Barnstable girls volleyball team’s streak of consecutive playoff appearances just became a little more impressive.
On Tuesday, the Red Raiders qualified for the Division 1 South Sectional tournament by cruising to a 3-0 win over Falmouth in a Cape and Islands League showdown between Atlantic Division foes.
This marks the 31st straight year that Barnstable has qualified for the postseason, as the team improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in league play after earning 25-17, 25-12 and 25-15 victories over the Clippers, who dropped to 6-5 (3-4 Cape and Islands).
“You’re always pleased to qualify,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said. “Every year is a new year and presents its new challenges. This is the 31st year in a row that we’ve qualified, but every time is special. Now we’re going to work hard to get homecourt advantage, at least in the first round.”
Although Barnstable made quick work of Falmouth, the visiting Clippers didn’t go quietly. Falmouth hung tough at the start of the match, eventually taking control and building a 13-10 lead in the opening set.
But that’s when the Red Raiders flipped a switch and took over. Led by junior Emma Tilton, who had six consecutive serves that Falmouth failed to return, Barnstable closed the set with a 15-4 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Tilton downplayed her success after finishing with three aces. Instead, the junior credited her team’s positive energy for helping her thrive at the server’s line.
“It’s a team thing altogether,” Tilton said. “We all have to serve in important moments. It’s about the team and bringing up the energy.”
Barnstable was more dominant in the second set, jumping out to a 10-3 advantage before sealing the set victory with a 6-0 run to end it. The Clippers slowed the Red Raiders down a bit in the third set, though there was little Falmouth could do to prevent Barnstable from earning its eighth consecutive 3-0 win.
“We worked very hard on trying to get in front of their hitters, but they varied their attack,” Falmouth head coach Ernie Holcomb said. “I thought we passed OK — we had our little flutters with the serve-receive, but that’s a mental thing. I was pleased, I thought we played well.”
Junior Vanessa Jones led the Red Raiders’ attack with eight kills, while classmate Emily Mulcahy (seven kills, four blocks) and senior Lauren Ogonowsky (six kills) also played well in the win. Senior Dorian Funk had 13 assists, nine digs and three aces, and sophomore Laura Cogswell recorded 13 service points, 11 assists and five digs of her own.
Another Barnstable junior, Phoebe Gibson, had strong presence at the net, finishing with four kills and six blocks, while senior Josie Deluga anchored the defense with 15 digs.
Even though it wasn’t all perfect for the Red Raiders, Turco said he was pleased with the way his team finished the match after ending the first set with a dominant run.
“We’ve got to reduce our unforced errors, but I thought they picked it up in the second and third sets and played together,” he said.
Falmouth’s offense was led by junior Paige Farrington, who finished with six kills. Senior captain Riley Gregory and sophomore Anna Fernandez added four kills apiece, while junior captain Shea MacLeod tallied two aces.
Both teams will be in action Thursday, with Barnstable visiting Dennis-Yarmouth at 4 p.m. and Falmouth hosting Sandwich at 5:45 p.m.
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Barnstable 3, Westborough 0
The Red Raiders got strong performances from several sources, handing the Rangers only their second loss of the season, with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 win in Hyannis.
Vanessa Jones and Emily Mulcahy led a well balanced offense for Barnstable (9-2) with eight kills each while Lauren Ogonowsky added seven kills and Phoebe Gibson had five kills.
Shea Johnson led the Red Raiders at the service line with 13 points while Josie Deluga paced the Barnstable defense with 22 digs. Emma Tilton added 10 digs for the Red Raiders, Laura Cogswell added 18 assists and Dorian Funk had 15 assists.
Westboro is 11-2.
Battle-testing with BHS volleyball, one match at a time
Barnstable Volleyball Coach Tom Turco with seniors Shea Johnson, Caroline Lewis, Josie Deluga, Dorian Funk, and Lauren Ogonowsky.
(Photo by Mike Richard)
“It’s now how you start; it’s how you finish.”
That has been as much as Barnstable volleyball coach Tom Turco’s mantra as “It is what it is” and “We’re on to (fill in next opponent)” are the weekly refrains of Bill Belichick.
Case in point – the start of this Barnstable volleyball season has been markedly different from recent years.
The Red Raiders dropped their third match of the season to Hopkinton 3-1 and followed that up with a 3-1 loss to Winchester.
The loss to Hopkinton snapped a 50-match regular season winning streak. It also marked the first time Barnstable lost a regular season match since 2016 (to Newton North, 3-2).
In addition, you would have to go way back to 1993 for the last time the Red Raiders lost consecutive matches.
So, in true Red Raider volleyball fashion, the squad licked their wounds, righted the ship and refocused their attention to taking things one match at a time.
“We had a couple of early losses, but we play a tough schedule,” said Turco. “You strive to play the best competition available, and in the two matches that we did lose, we took a good hard look at it and looked for ways we could improve.”
There is no question that the Red Raiders play one of the most challenging schedules in the state, always looking to get battle-tested before the playoffs come along.
“Coach Turco always says to us, ‘it doesn’t matter what happens now, it’s how we finish,’” said senior right-side hitter Caroline Lewis. “We’re just using these losses as motivation and using them to get better.”
Added senior defensive player Shea Johnson, “We’re definitely using (the losses) as motivation. We’ve gone back to working on the little things and hoping to improve by the end,” she said. “We learned that we need to bring more energy to the court, because we have so much talent on the team.”
Turco noted that this season’s squad is perhaps the most well-balanced teams on the court over his 32 seasons.
“I’ve got 15 kids, and 13 of them have started,” he said. “It’s challenging, but it’s fun, and they’re ready to meet the challenge. All things considered, they’re working hard and getting better.”
While much of the team offense in the past came from a pair of outside hitters – Riley James, now playing for Bryant University, and Ingrid Murphy, playing at Bentley University.
“Now it’s pretty much balanced all over the court,” he said of his current team. “They’ve been working very hard and getting better every single day.”
Senior libero Josie Deluga has been pleased with the team chemistry thus far.
“We’ve had really good energy on the court, and we have meshed really well together,” she said. We’re ready to keep working hard every day, do a lot of reps in practice.”
Lauren Ogonowsky, a senior outside hitter, realized that this season would be a challenge, developing another a new set starting of players.
“We keep our energy high and try to stay positive throughout the game and work together as a team,” she said. “If you don’t have positive energy it’s not going to be cohesive.”
In addition, the girls are taking the two early season losses as motivation to ignite the rest of the season.
“The losses may have helped us, because we’re not No. 1, and we now have to earn it and get back to the top,” said senior setter Dorian Funk. “It’s definitely a factor that’s driving us. We can’t underestimate anyone. We have to go into every game thinking we need to have the same mindset for every game we play.”
“Our motivation is that hopefully we’ll see them later in the season, and we’ll be prepared,” said Ogonowsky, noting that the team will likely see Winchester or Holliston down the road in the playoffs. “We learn from our mistakes, absorb them and we try to fix them in practice.”
Other athletes making up the Barnstable squad this season are juniors Sophie Strock, Vanessa Jones, Phoebe Gibson, Emily Mulcahy, Caroline Kiehnau, Emma Tilton, Greta Nickerson, Sidney Higgins, and sophomores Allison Nystrom and Laura Cogswell.
“The energy in practice is definitely high,” Lewis added, “and we all know we don’t want to have that feeling (of losing) again.”
And Deluga chimed in with the slogan that is becoming all to well-known on the Red Raider scene.
“It doesn’t matter how you start; it’s how you finish,” she said.
Barnstable 3, Nauset 0
Barnstable's Josie Deluga eclipses 1,000 dig mark in league win over Nauset
HYANNIS - Senior libero Josie Deluga needed just eight digs in the first set to reach the 1,000 dig milestone. Deluga finished the night with 16 digs while serving for 11 points at the line, with four aces, leading the Barnstable Red Raiders volleyball team past the Nauset Warriors 25-10, 25-17, 25-7 on Thursday evening.
Laura Cogswell and Dorian Funk added nine assists each for Barnstable (8-2, 5-0 Cape & Islands Atlantic). Emily Mulcahy led the offense with eight kills for the Red Raiders and Phoebe Gibson added five.
Nauset is 3-7.
|Photo by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
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Barnstable 3, Sandwich 0
Phoebe Gibson led the Red Raiders offense with seven kills, in a 25-11, 25-12, 25-11 win in East Sandwich.
Emily Mulcahy added six kills for Barnstable (7-2, 4-0 Cape & Islands Atlantic) while Vanessa Jones had five kills and Alison Nystrom had four kills. Laura Cogswell contributed 10 assists while Josie Deluga led the defense with 12 digs. Caroline Lewis added six assists and four digs for the Red Raiders and Emma Tilton used a 15 point service run, with five aces, to help Barnstable to the win.
With her 12 digs, Deluga is eight shy of 1,000 career digs.
Barnstable 3, Case 0
In her first varsity start, sophomore Laura Cogswell had 13 assists, nine digs and 11 points at the service line, helping the Red Raiders to a 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 win in Hyannis.
Junior Sidney Higgins added eight assists for Barnstable (6-2), which got nine kills on offense from junior Caroline Kiehnau. Senior captain Caroline Lewis added four kills and junior Vanessa Jones, junior Phoebe Gibson and senior captain Lauren Ogonowsky had five each.
The highlight of the match came when senior captain Shea Johnson dug up two balls that were blocked back into the Red Raiders court. Senior captain Josie Deluga led the defense with 22 digs.
Case is 7-2.
Raiders win, Honor Barnstable grad Olivia Brodt
BARNSTABLE — Every volleyball team wants to win each time it takes the floor. Some matches, however, are simply more meaningful than others.
Although the Barnstable girls volleyball team was pleased to earn a 3-0 victory over Cape and Islands League foe Dennis-Yarmouth, the significance of the match — and what it meant to the community — is what motivated the Red Raiders to be at their best. Barnstable was hosting its fourth annual “Dig Yellow Night” to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The event was in honor of Olivia Brodt, a 2015 Barnstable graduate and former standout for the school’s volleyball team who passed away in 2017 after battling a reoccurrence of rhabdomyosarcoma cancer during her sophomore year at Babson.
The Red Raiders wore yellow jerseys — the color used to show support for cancer awareness — that included Brodt’s former number, 3, screen-printed on the sleeves.
After an emotional pregame ceremony, the team paid tribute to Brodt’s spirit and determination with 25-20, 25-12 and 25-17 victories to win in straight sets.
“Olivia played for us for four years and was just a tremendous inspiration when she played,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said. “This is a very, very special day. We’re always going to have this day so she’s with us all the time.”
Once the match started, it was clear the Red Raiders (5-2 overall, 3-0 Cape and Islands) were motivated to showcase their best effort. D-Y (6-1, 1-1) trailed by as many as seven points in the opening set, though the visiting Dolphins battled back to trim their deficit to 21-20.
Barnstable rallied, scoring the next four points to seal the first-set victory and set the tone for the rest of the match.
“We’re such a young team that we have to minimize some more of our mistakes in order for us to push ahead,” D-Y head coach Dru Sisson said. “We need to be able to string some points together and go on runs. We weren’t able to do much more than two points at a time. We’re really looking for three, four or five to keep the momentum going for us.”
The Red Raiders were led by junior Caroline Kiehnau, who posted a team-best 14 assists in addition to six kills. Another junior, Vanessa Jones, had a team-best 10 kills, while junior Phoebe Gibson (seven kills) and senior Josie Deluga (17 digs) both came up big in the win.
Although none of the Barnstable players played alongside Brodt, a few, including senior Lauren Ogonowsky, played with Brodt’s younger sister, Caroline, on the 2017 squad.
Caroline Brodt was a senior that season, and she carried a piece of her sister that is still felt by the program. “Caroline definitely carried the spirit of Olivia and she passed that down to us,” Ogonowsky said. “She was really motivated and determined, but she also had really positive high energy. We tried to carry that on the court. We tried to celebrate every point and have a lot of energy on the bench. Even the small things, we tried to celebrate for her.”
D-Y was anchored by a pair of sophomores, Alayna Rooney and Lucy Swanson, in defeat. Swanson finished with a team-best eight kills and 21 digs, while Rooney tallied 22 digs and four kills. Junior Ana Luiza Da Silva also had a big day for the Dolphins, recording 22 assists, 10 digs and two kills in the loss.
Tuesday’s result will go down in the record books as an early-season win that helped the Red Raiders improve to 3-0 in league play, though the celebration that took place in Brodt’s honor will stick with everybody that was in attendance for years to come.
Before the match, Chris Powicki, a representative for the executive committee of the Sierra Club’s Massachusetts Chapter and Cape Cod Group, went to midcourt and addressed the crowd during a special presentation. Powicki announced the Sierra Club would be donating a new water-filling station outside the gymnasium in memory of Brodt.
Craig Brodt, Olivia’s father, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for Barnstable, said that seeing his daughter’s legacy make an impact on the school and community meant the most to him.
“It’s heartwarming,” he said. “The way the community has supported us as a family is huge, huge, huge. Having the Sierra Club come tonight and come through with the water filling station in Olivia’s name was icing on the cake. That was from donations from the community after she passed.
“It was all spear-headed by the community. That’s what makes it special.”
Barnstable 3, Falmouth 0
Junior Caroline Kiehnau had 10 kills and classmate Emily Mulcahy had nine, leading the Red Raiders to a 25-13, 25-6, 25-12 Cape & Islands Atlantic victory in Falmouth.
Barnstable (4-2, 2-0 C&I Atlantic) hosts Dennis-Yarmouth (6-0, 2-0 C&I Atlantic) in the Red Raiders’ annual Dig Yellow Night on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
Junior Sydney Higgins sparked the Barnstable defense with a game-high 15 assists, while Kiehnau added 10 assists. Senior Josie Deluga led the defense with a game-high 11 digs, while also serving for seven aces, and junior Phoebe Gibson struck for five aces.
Falmouth (2-2, 1-2 C&I Atlantic) got strong play from juniors Paige Farrington, Lily Craft and Caroline Koss, as well as senior Riley Gregory.
Barnstable 3, Nauset 0
Shea Johnson and Caroline Kiehnauin combined for 17 aces, leading the Red Raiders over the Warriors 25-4, 25-16, 25-13 in North Eastham.
Kiehnau had 10 aces while Johnson had seven for Barnstable (3-2). Emily Mulcahy sparked the Red Raiders’ offense with five kills, while Sophie Strock had three kills. Sidney Higgins spread the ball around, with six assists. Nauset is 2-3.
Winchester 3, Barnstable 1
The Sachems prevailed over the Red Raiders 25-11, 23-25, 28-26, 25-17 in Winchester.
Barnstable (2-2) has not lost two matches in the regular season since 2014.
Juniors Caroline Kiehnau (12 kills), Sophie Strock (five kills) and Vanessa Jones (five kills) sparked the Red Raiders’ offense, while Kiehnau and Sidney Higgins added 13 assists each. Josie Deluga contributed a strong night at the service line with eight aces.
Winchester is 5-0.
Hopkinton 3, Barnstable 1
Caroline Kiehnau had 13 kills and 13 digs, but the Hillers beat Barnstable 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 in Hopkinton.
Vanessa Jones added nine kills for Barnstable (2-1), the Div. 1 State runner-ups in 2018, while Lauren Ogonowsky had five kills and Phoebe Gibson had four kills and a season-high six blocks. Kiehnau and Sidney Higgins split setting duties and finished with 12 assists each.
Josie Deluga (25 digs), Shea Johnson (14 digs) and Emma Tilton (12 digs) led the Red Raiders on defense.
Hopkinton (4-0) won the 2016 Div. 2 State title and were Div. 1 State runner-ups in 2017.
Barnstable 3, Brockton 1
Senior Dorian Funk had 27 assists and eight digs and junior Caroline Kiehnau added 15 kills in the Red Raiders’ win in Brockton.
Senior Lauren Ogonowsky was key at the service line for Barnstable (2-0), finishing with 18 points, including a match-high eight aces.
Junior Phoebe Gibson was also strong at the line, hitting for 16 points, with four aces.
Senior Josie Deluga led the Red Raiders’ defense with 22 digs.
Barnstable 3, Notre Dame 0
Senior Dorian Funk had 20 assists and six digs, leading the Red Raiders to a season opening victory over the Cougars 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 in Hyannis.
Vanessa Jones (eight kills), Caroline Kiehnau (seven kills), Phoebe Gibson (five kills) and Lauren Ogonowsky (four kills) sparked Barnstable’s offense, while senior Josie Deluga (match high 13 digs) and Shea Johnson (four digs) led the defense.
Tall task ahead
Coach of perennial powerhouse Barnstable says success will hinge on peak performance
HYANNIS – Barnstable’s volleyball team isn’t hiding from reality.
Its returning players have lots to prove for a program that has played in three of the past four MIAA Division 1 state finals and has won two of them (2015-16). The Red Raiders will have to do it without stellar outside hitters Riley James, the state’s all-time leader in kills (1,729), and Ingrid Murphy, who graduated with 959 career kills, 731 digs and 159 aces. James and Murphy now play for NCAA Division I Bryant University and Division II Bentley University, respectively.
“We’re realistic that 95% of our offense is in college, and that’s a challenge that this team embraces,” said Tom Turco, who’s entering his 32nd season as head coach of 18-time state champion Barnstable.
James and Murphy combined for 724 of Barnstable’s 924 kills last year. They were clutch performers on a team that won every set of every match until falling to Newton North, 3-1, in the state final.
Turco said seniors Lauren Ogonowsky and Shea Johnson are among the leading candidates to become outside hitters. Ogonowsky had 15 kills and 10 blocks as a middle hitter, while Johnson was a defensive specialist with 16 digs and 51 service points.
“Now they’ve got to terminate plays,” Turco said. “That’s not a role they had last year or the year before. You’re going to need broad shoulders to take that role.” Johnson said this season will be a big jump, but she is simply trying to play well and motivate her teammates.
“I have big shoes to fill this year, but I’m excited to take on the role and help out my team as much as I can,” Johnson said.
Juniors Sophie Strock, Emily Mulcahy and Phoebe Gibson were all middle hitters last year and are expected to raise their games to a different level. Strock was third on last year’s team with 55 kills and led Barnstable with 30 blocks, and Mulcahy had the second-highest hit percentage (35.8%). Gibson played in only seven sets last year, but Turco said she has had a strong preseason and should factor in more this year.
Barnstable also will have to fill an important opening left by setter Teagan James, who led the Red Raiders with 805 assists and 74 service aces as a freshman last year. According to her family, James is taking the season off to focus on her mental health.
Turco said senior Dorian Funk has been getting reps at setter. Funk, who has been a starter since her sophomore year, has been one of Barnstable’s better all-around players. She had 51 kills and 23 blocks last year, but also had 24 digs and 31 assists.
Funk said the energy level has been higher in practices.
“There’s definitely new spots open, so everybody is fighting for those positions,” she said. “It’s a good vibe.”
Josie Deluga, who has verbally committed to play at Bryant next year, is the returning libero and should shore up Barnstable defensively. Deluga led the Red Raiders with 245 digs last year and was third with 47 service aces.
Barnstable also has newcomer Caroline Kiehnau, a junior transfer from Marietta, Georgia, who, like Funk, is also a strong all-around player. Kiehnau replenishes some height for Barnstable, and Turco said she’s a good athlete who blocks and jumps well and can hit from the right side.
“It was an awesome surprise for us,” Funk said of Kiehnau. “She’s definitely a great addition to our team, like good attitude, which is awesome.”
Barnstable will host and scrimmage several teams across the state during the 11th annual Barnstable Play Day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Barnstable will host its season opener against Notre Dame Academy on Friday, Sept. 6, and host Central Catholic at 10 a.m. the next day.
The Red Raiders won’t see fellow D1 powers Newton North and New Bedford during the regular season, but will play former Atlantic Coast League members Nauset, Dennis-Yarmouth, Sandwich and Falmouth twice each this season.
As for the expected results of this year’s matches, don’t expect many runaways, Turco said.
“There aren’t going to be many 25-12 games, which was basically our average score last year,” Turco said. “It’s going to be a lot of games in the 20s. It’s going to be decided by peak performance and peak focus.”
Barnstable Volleyball Wins AVCA Team Academic Award
Barnstable's girls volleyball team has won the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.
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