MIAA DIVISION 1 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS
Round of 8: November 12, 2021
Barnstable 0, Franklin 3
Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times
The Barnstable Patriot
In the MIAA Division 1 Girls Volleyball Playoffs for the State Championship, Barnstable lost a heartbreaking match in the Round of 8.
Barnstable #9 was defeated by Franklin #1 with scores of 23-25, 22-25, 27-29.
The offense was led by Neely Alger with 9 kills and Allison Nystrom, Charlotte Sullivan and Lindsay Jones each had 7 kills.
Laura Cogswell ended the night with 34 assists.
Freshman Molly Gleason came off the bench and had 4 aces for Barnstable in the 3rd set.
On defense, Logan Hurwitz had 16 digs and Emma Corley had 14 digs.
Barnstable ends the season with a record of 15- 6.
MIAA DIVISION 1 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS
Barnstable makes it to the Round of 8
ROUND OF 16: November 9, 2021
Barnstable 3, Algonquin 1
In the MIAA Division 1 Girls Volleyball Playoffs for the State Championship, Barnstable won their match in the Round of 16.
Barnstable (No. 9) is 15-5 after the Red Hawks defeated Algonquin (No. 8) 3-1 with scores of 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-12.
Offense was led by Lindsay Jones with 14 kills and Allison Nysrom with 13 kills.
Molly Fredo and Charlotte Sullivan had 6 kills and 4 kills.
Laura Cogswell had 38 assists and 2 aces.
The defense was led by Logan Hurwitz with 16 digs and Dierdre Mullin with 10 digs.
Emma Corley had 17 service points.
Barnstable (No. 9) is 15-5 and will face #1 Franklin in the Round of 8 -- November 12 at 4:00 P.M.
MIAA DIVISION 1 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS
ROUND OF 32: November 4, 2021
Barnstable 3, Natick 0
In the MIAA Division 1 Girls Volleyball Playoffs for the State Championship, Barnstable won their match in the Round of 32.
Barnstable is 14-5 after the Red Hawks swept Natick 25-14, 25-17, 25-10 and are now headed to the Round of 16.
Laura Cogswell had 35 assists and 8 aces.
The offense was led by Allison Nystrom and Lindsay Jones with 10 kills apiece and Neely Alger with 8 kills.
Playing well defensively was Logan Hurwitz with 14 digs and Emma Corley and Dierdre Mullin with 8 digs each.
#9 Barnstable will face #8 Algonquin at Algonquin High School on Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 P.M.
1,000 Assists -- October 30, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021 (Double-Header Match)
Barnstable 3, Dartmouth 1
In Barnstable's first double-header in their history, they went on to also win their second of two matches defeating Dartmouth 3-1 scoring 25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Allison Nystrom had a career night with 20 kills.
Lindsay Jones had 12 Kills.
Neely Alger had 10 kills.
Laura Cogswell had 32 assists.
Kailey Cordeira had 5 aces and 12 Service points.
Molly Gleason and Logan Hurwitz had 13 digs apiece.
Barnstable’s record is 13-5 with an 8 game win streak. MIAA seedings come out Monday.
Barnstable 3, Winchester 2
In Barnstable's first double-header in their history, they won their first of two matches defeating Winchester 3-2 scoring 20-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 15-11.
Laura Cogswell had 40 assists, 4 kills, and 2 aces.
Neely Alger had a big night with a career high 17 kills.
Lindsay Jones had 11 kills, 4 blocks, and 4 aces.
Allison Nystrom had 10 kills.
Defense was big with Logan Hurwitz and Emma Corley with 13 and 12 digs respectively.
Barnstable's record is 12-5.
October 25, 2021
Barnstable 3, Hingham 1
Barnstable is 11-5 after defeating Hingham 20-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-16.
The offense was led by Lindsay Jones with 12 kills, 6 aces, and 3 blocks.
Charlotte Sullivan had 9 kills, Neely Alger had 7 kills, and Allison Nystrom and Lillie Ells had 5 kills each.
Standing out on defense was Logan Hurwitz with 16 digs and Emma Corley had 8 digs.
Molly Gleason had 4 aces and 9 service points.
Setter Laura Cogswell had 35 assists.
October 21, 2021
Barnstable 3, Sandwich 0
Barnstable is 10-5 after the Red Hawks swept Sandwich 25-10, 25-9, 25-15.
Lindsay Jones had 8 kills and 4 aces. Charlotte Sullivan had 7 kills.
Laura Cogswell had 14 assists and 7 aces.
Playing well on defense was Logan Hurwitz with a game high of 14 digs.
October 14, 2021
Barnstable 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 0
Barnstable is 9-5 after the Red Hawks swept the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 and handed them their first loss of the season.
Lindsay Jones had 16 Kills and 3 aces.
Neely Alger had 5 kills.
Laura Cogswell had 27 assists and 5 aces.
Logan Hurwitz had 14 digs, Emma Corley 7 Digs, and Dierdre Mullin 5 digs.
Barnstable is 9-5 and Dennis-Yarmouth is 12-1.
October 12, 2021
Barnstable 3, Falmouth 0
Barnstable is 8-5 after defeating Falmouth 25-14, 25-14, 25-12.
Neely Alger had 7 kills, Lindsay Jones 4 kills, and Molly Fredo 3 kills.
There were 13 aces -- Laura Cogswell had 6, Emma Corley 4, and Cayleigh Fleming 3.
Laura Cogswell had 12 assists and Sadie Wellbeloved had 5.
The defense was led by Molly Gleason with 15 digs and Logan Hurwitz, Emma Corley and Laura Cogswell with 8 digs each.
Lindsay Jones, Barnstable Red Hawks
Jones has emerged as Barnstable’s top front-row attacker. She leads the team with 112 kills and 14 blocks through her first 12 games, and has also recorded 20 aces and 29 digs.
Laura Cogswell, Barnstable Red Hawks
Barnstable can’t score without its setter, and through 12 games Cogswell has recorded 290 assists, putting her 14th in the state in that category according to MaxPreps.com. She also leads the team with 34 aces, ranks second with 92 digs and has even recorded 26 digs.
October 7, 2021
Barnstable 3, Nauset 0
Neely Alger had 5 kills, Lindsay Jones had 4 kills, and Allison Nystrom had 3 kills and 5 digs.
Laura Cogswell had 10 aces, Kailey Cordeira and Emma Corley had 6 aces each.
Logan Hurwitz had 8 digs.
Barnstable is 7-5 after defeating Nauset 25-8, 25-7, 25-3.
October 5, 2021
Barnstable 3, Sandwich 0
Allison Nystrom led the offense with 8 kills. Lindsay Jones had 7 kills, Charlotte Sullivan had 4 kills, and Molly Fredo had 3 kills.
Sadie Wellbeloved had 9 assists and 4 aces in her first varsity start.
Cayleigh Fleming had 7 aces with Molly Gleason adding 3.
Logan Hurwitz had 7 digs.
Barnstable is 6-5 after defeating Sandwich 25-10, 25-6, 25-7.
CAPE COD TIMES
www.capecodtimes.com, October 4, 2021
Barnstable 1, Needham 3
Jones finished with 8 kills for the Red Hawks, but it was not enough as they lost to the Needham Rockets 3-1, 25-21, 10-25, 23-25, 14-25.
Allison Nystrom had 5 kills and Laura Cogswell added 17 assists for Barnstable (5-5).
September 30, 2021
Barnstable 0, Westborough 3
Barnstable loss to Westborough 21-25, 21-25, 12-25.
Allison Nystrom, Lindsay Jones and Neely Alger had 6 Kills apiece. Laura Cogswell had 18 assists.
Barnstable is 5-4 Westborough is 8-0.
Barnstable plays defending State Champion Needham on Monday.
5 takeaways from Dennis-Yarmouth's girls volleyball win against Barnstable
SOUTH YARMOUTH – Barnstable used a tough service game to keep Dennis-Yarmouth's hitters in check through three sets.
Once both Lucy Swanson and Grace Presswood started finding their swings, the Dolphins regained control.
Swanson and Presswood combined for 45 kills, and the Dolphins kept their undefeated streak going with a 25-22, 28-30, 21-25, 25-21, 15-7 win over the Red Hawks in a Cape & Islands League Atlantic girls volleyball showdown Tuesday at D-Y.
Here are five takeaways from the match.
Tuesday was Barnstable’s third five-set loss of the season. The Red Hawks couldn't close out the win in the fourth set, then lost the fifth as well, following the same pattern as their matches against Quincy and Hopkinton.
A slow start killed Barnstable’s chances Tuesday, as D-Y took a 9-0 lead, with Swanson recording three kills and Ava Pecorella adding two blocks in the run.
"You can’t go down 0-9,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “You have to be able to overcome the disappointment of losing Set 4.”
Barnstable outscored D-Y after that, but not enough to eat into the lead. Neely Alger’s 14th kill of the match brought the Red Hawks within 14-7, but Presswood smashed her 19th kill to complete the win.
"I told them that they needed to go out there, and they needed to push, and they needed to try to allow the other side to make some of the errors,” D-Y coach Dru Sisson said. “We just needed to put the ball in play, and I think that’s exactly what we did in the last two sets.”
Swanson leads the way
Swanson led all hitters with 26 kills Tuesday. The defending Atlantic Most Valuable Player provided most of D-Y's offense, especially during the first three sets.
She tied the first set 22-22 with a kill, then combined with Mariah Eaton on a block before another kill gave D-Y a two-point lead. A net violation clinched the first set for D-Y (7-0).
Swanson recorded six more kills and two aces in a grueling second set, and five more kills in the third. She continued to dominate in the fourth and fifth sets to complete D-Y's comeback.
"In the fourth and fifth set we started moving things around more, instead of just sticking with going line or going cross (court),” Swanson said. “When you move the ball around, it throws them off.”
Presswood steps up late
Swanson contributed in all five sets, but Presswood struggled to find her swing early on. She averaged just three kills in each of her first three sets, and several of those nine points came on tips, not the power shots that made her an Atlantic All-Star last season.
Back-to-back kills by Presswood midway through the fourth set, giving D-Y an 18-17 lead, were a sign she’d finally settled into her spot. She added two more kills down the stretch, and her service point pulled the Dolphins within set point before Swanson ended it with a kill.
Presswood wasn’t in the front row for many points in the fifth set, but she hit two more kills including the eventual clinching one. She finished with 19 kills and 30 digs.
"I knew that we weren’t going to win if we didn’t have high energy,” Presswood said. “Once I had the energy and Lucy had the energy, we all started getting really hyped after every point.”
Swanson added, “When Grace looks at you, looks in your face and is like, ‘Come on,’ you have no choice,”
A worthy showdown
Barnstable (5-3) has been one of the best Division 1 teams in Massachusetts for decades, whereas D-Y has only recently begun to establish itself as a Division 2 postseason threat. But the Dolphins have now beaten the Red Hawks in three of their last four showdowns, D-Y winning both regular-season matches last season but Barnstable coming back to win the Atlantic Tournament final.
Tuesday’s match proved to be just as exciting.
"I have nothing but good things to say about both teams,” Turco said. "We'll see them again at our place.”
Neither team ever pulled ahead by much until the fifth set. Barnstable held leads of 8-3 in the second set and 15-10 in the third, but D-Y never led by more than three points before opening up a 9-0 lead in the fifth. it was rare for either team to score more than three consecutive points before a change of possession.
Sisson said her team is always prepared for that kind of close, back-and-forth action.
"I always try to tell my team to string along as many points as they can, so more than one point for me is a success,” Sisson said. “I have not seen my team come out as hot as they did (in the fifth set).”
Serve and serve-receive
Barnstable was the tougher service team Tuesday, as Lindsay Jones (22 kills, 7 aces) alone had more aces than all of D-Y. Credit that to a combination of tough Red Hawks serving and serve-receive, much of which fell on the shoulders of sophomore libero Logan Hurwitz.
Hurwitz led the defense with 20 digs, a category in which she leads the team overall this season.
Turco said this could easily have been Hurwitz’s second year on the varsity had it not been for COVID-19 protocols last season, which prevented him from calling her up from the junior varsity.
"She passes free balls so well to target,” Turco said. “She did just a stand-up job on serve receive. She really did. We were in the first three sets because of her serve-receive, and she’s just a rock out there.”
Barnstable 2, Dennis-Yarmouth 3
Dennis-Yarmouth put together its biggest girls volleyball win of the season Tuesday, outlasting rival Barnstable in five sets in an early Cape & Islands League Atlantic showdown. The win kept D-Y undefeated and provided a big early step towards repeating as league champions. Nantucket looks like the favorite in the C&I Lighthouse, meanwhile, after a similarly big win over Sturgis East last week. And Bourne has looked competitive in the South Coast Conference through the first three weeks, though losses to Case and Dighton-Rehoboth have certainly been a setback for the Canalmen. The Cape's best teams are starting to really establish themselves.
Volleyball players to watch on Cape Cod this fall
Lindsay Jones, Barnstable Red Hawks
Jones took over the team lead in kills Thursday against Falmouth, and 22 kills against Dennis-Yarmouth on Tuesday gave her 89 for the season. She also led the team with 10 total blocks, and had recorded 19 aces and 17 digs as a middle hitter.
Logan Hurwitz, Barnstable Red Hawks
Hurwitz is definitely fulfilling the libero’s role as a team’s best defensive player. She led the team with 70 digs and 159 serve receives and ranked fourth with 14 aces as of Tuesday morning, then added 20 digs and an ace against D-Y.
Olivia Brodt's legacy lives on through Barnstable volleyball "Dig Yellow" Night
HYANNIS – Olivia Brodt continues to impact Barnstable’s girls volleyball team. Brodt was 20 years old when she died in April 2017 from complications of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the skeletal muscles that eventually led to tumors forming in the spinal fluid in her brain.
The Red Raiders, as they were called at the time, held their first “Dig Yellow” Night in 2016 to support Brodt and raise money for cancer awareness. The game has become an annual occurrence for the Red Hawks, played in a gymnasium in which Brodt’s No. 3 jersey has been retired and hangs on the wall.
Barnstable held its latest Dig Yellow Night on Thursday, when Lindsay Jones fired a game-high 16 kills to lead the Red Hawks to a 25-15, 25-10, 25-21 win over the Falmouth Clippers.
"Every practice we step in, we look at that the sign (for Olivia),” Jones said. “It’s so meaningful to us, playing for Coach (Craig) Brodt, and playing for Olivia. It’s meaningful to everyone. It’s not playing for one singular player. We’re playing as a team, bringing it all together and playing our hearts out.”
Concessions and raffle ticket sales from Thursday’s game will go towards Wellness Kids, a service within the Hyannis-based Cape Wellness Collaborative that supports families that are dealing with pediatric cancer. The match raised $2,772 for Wellness Kids, according to Barnstable teacher and volleyball parent Jennifer Mullin, and over six years has raised more than $6,000 for various causes and organizations.
"Olivia was definitely a huge part of this program,” Barnstable coach Tom Turco said. “She’s with us every day, and it’s important to us that we keep that legacy alive.”
Brodt won two state championships and earned two all-star and all-state honors during her time as Barnstable’s starting setter. She graduated in 2015 with more than 1,000 career assists, and went on to play for Division III Babson College in Wellesley.
For Turco, Brodt’s attitude and approach mattered far more than her accolades.
"She was always positive, always built her teammates up,” Turco said. “She was that solid force, and positive force, and in a setter that’s a really good trait.”
Brodt spent her senior season playing alongside freshman sister Caroline, who as a fellow setter would sometimes replace Olivia on the court. Caroline went on to mimic many of her sister’s achievements, including winning two state titles, joining the team’s “1,000 assists” club, making two all-state teams and playing DIII college volleyball at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Though both sisters are no longer with the program, Caroline described these games as “an opportunity to remember her and others who have died too young,” and “a perfect occasion to celebrate life and the sport she loved so dearly.”
“It’s hard to find words to describe how I feel after moving on from Barnstable High School,” Caroline said in a text message. “Coach Turco is the reason Dig Yellow has turned into a tradition for BHSVB. My family and I are grateful for the support and awareness this event brings to childhood cancer and the community. It is a reminder that each day is a gift.”
Craig Brodt, Olivia and Caroline’s father, joined his daughters’ team as an assistant coach in 2017, and has been here for the last five Dig Yellow Nights. Barnstable’s players always wear yellow uniforms for the match, yellow ribbons being associated with bone cancer such as rhabdomyosarcoma (the ribbon for pediatric cancer is gold), and on Thursday yellow streamers and balloons decorated the bleachers and walls of the BHS gymnasium.
“Tom, he made a promise to me that he would never let Olivia be forgotten,” Craig Brodt said. “It was always one of their biggest activities. They started (volleyball) so young, as they did with dance, but I think they both supported each other in their athleticism and their discipline.”
Each set followed a similar pattern Thursday, as Falmouth (2-3) could only hang in for so long before Barnstable went ahead for good. The Red Hawks (5-2) only needed 11-12 points to seize command of the first two sets, but the Clippers battled deep into the third.
Two aces by Camille Leite (3 aces, 2 kills) and a pair of hitting errors gave Falmouth a 19-16 lead in the third set. Jones and Cayleigh Fleming tied the match 20-20 with back-to-back kills, Fleming surprising the Falmouth defense when she dove for a ball heading out of bounds and just managed to punch it back over the net.
Jones eventually wrapped up the match with a kill. Neely Alger tallied eight kills, Allison Nystrom had seven, Laura Cogswell had 31 assists and six aces, Fleming and Logan Hurwitz each recorded nine digs on defense, and Dierdre Mullin added five digs.
Jones attacked primarily out of the middle, but also had success sliding over to the right side of the net before smashing Cogswell’s sets to the court.
"I started (attacking on the right) my JV season with Laura, and then she got pulled up,” said Jones. “We started doing it again whenever we were all together, and it’s perfect. She has the perfect set.”
Sydney Sevigny led Falmouth with six kills and a block, followed by Meghan Robbins with three kills and an ace. Falmouth is one of Barnstable’s oldest rivals, but that didn’t stop the Clippers from making a combined donation to Wellness Kids prior to the game.
“My captains got together, and the four of them asked all the kids (on the team),” said Falmouth coach Ernie Holcomb. "The kids really look forward to playing Barnstable, and then to have it be a special night like this, that was good for both sides.”
September 21, 2021
Barnstable 3, Nauset 0
Allison Nystrom had a game high 9 kills and Lindsay Jones and Neely Alger had 8 and 7 kills respectively. Kailey Cordeira, Dierdre Mullin and Mackenzie Vetorino each had 4 aces. Setter Laura Cogswell had a game high 29 assists. Barnstable defeated Nauset 25-9, 25-12, 25-13. Barnstable is now 4-2
Barnstable 3, Bishop Feehan 0
Laura Cogswell finished with 19 assists and 2 aces for the Red Hawks as they swept the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks 25-15, 25-14, 25-16.
Lindsay Jones and Allison Nystrom each had 6 kills, Kailey Cordeira had 14 service points and 5 aces and Charlotte Sullivan and Neely Alger each finished with kills for Barnstable (3-2).
Barnstable 2, Hopkinton 3
Jones and Nystrom each finished with 15 kills for the Red Hawks, but the Hopkinton Hillers won 3-2, 25-8, 16-25, 25-15, 23-25, 16-14.
Neely Alger had 10 kills,
Laura Cogswell dished out 45 assists and Dierdre Mullin ended with 17 service points for Barnstable (2-2).
Laura Cogswell, Barnstable Red Hawks
Cogswell has anchored the Red Hawks offense as a senior setter, recording 70 assists and 11 aces through the first three matches. She ranks second on the team with 21 digs and was both a Cape & Islands League Atlantic All-Star and Mass. Girls Volleyball Coaches Association All-State honoree last season.
Allison Nystrom, Barnstable Red Hawks
Nystrom leads the Red Hawks with 25 kills through the first three matches, four ahead of junior Lindsay Jones. Nystrom, a senior outside hitter, has also recorded six blocks on defense.
September 13, 2021
Barnstable 3, Notre Dame 0
The Barnstable Red Hawks swept Notre Dame Academy Cougars 25-9, 25-15, 25-19. Barnstable is 2-1.
Allison Nystrom led the Red Hawks offense with eight kills while Lindsay Jones followed with seven kills and three aces.
Charlotte Sullivan and Neely Alger had four kills each.
Setter Laura Cogswell had 25 assists and five aces to help Barnstable to the win.
September 10, 2021
Barnstable 3, Brockton 0
The Barnstable Red Hawks swept the Brockton Boxers 25-5, 25-6, 25-11 and won 3-0 in their home opener. Barnstable is now 1-1.
Allison Nystrom had 6 kills, Neely Alger 5 kills, Lindsay Jones 4 kills, and Molly Fredo 3 kills. Laura Cogswell finished with 16 assists and 7 aces. Kailey Cordeira and Diedre Mullin had 6 aces each.
CAPE COD TIMES
www.capecodtimes.com, September 8, 2021
Barnstable 2, Quincy 3
Cogswell finished with 51 assists for the Red Hawks, but the Quincy Presidents won 3-2, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 11-15 in their season opener.
Neely Alger and Allison Nystrom had 14 kills each, Lindsay Jones added 11 kills, Charlotte Sullivan had 7 kills and Lillie Ellis finished with 5 kills for Barnstable (0-1).
Barnstable Volleyball Honors
Barnstable Volleyball Wins AVCA Team Academic Award
Barnstable's girls volleyball team has won the 2020-2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.
More Information on AVCA Team Academic Award at 2021 USMC-AVCA Team Academic Award (adobe.com)