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All-State Stars and more:
Cape Cod Times High School Girls Volleyball All-Scholastic Team
By Cape Cod Times, Courtney Jacobs, January 6, 2023, Photos by Ron Schloerb

As it typically is, high school girls volleyball on Cape Cod was filled with state-title contenders.

Three area schools reached the MIAA quarterfinals and Dennis-Yarmouth made the deepest postseason with a second consecutive trip to the Division 3 state finals. There, the Dolphins fell to Tewksbury, 3-1.

Barnstable made it to the Div. 1 Final Four before losing to eventual champ Newton North, 3-1. In Div. 4, Nantucket made it to the Round of 8 before losing to Lynnfield. Sandwich reached the Round of 16.

Div. 5 had the most local flavor with four representatives (Bourne, JPII, Sturgis East, Cape Tech). Bourne went on the deepest run in that division, reaching the Round of 16.

Here are the players that helped their respective teams be successful this season. Presenting the girls volleyball All-Scholastic 2022 team:

First Team

Sadie Wellbeloved, Barnstable

The junior setter dished out 576 assists (third in Div. 1), good for 8.5 assists per set (first in Div. 1). She also added 43 aces (first on Barnstable) and 146 digs. She was named a Cape and Islands All-Star.

"Sadie is the player who figures and produces in practically every play. She has proven herself to be among the top setters in the state," said Barnstable head coach Tom Turco.

Lindsay Jones, Barnstable

The senior middle hitter had 165 kills, 23 blocks and a .241 hitting percentage. She was selected as a Cape and Islands All-Star three times, and an All-State player in 2021.

"Lindsay has produced all season long and dominated the middle hitter position leading Barnstable to an 8-0 Cape and Islands Championship," said Turco.

Molly Fredo, Barnstable

As a junior outside hitter, Fredo led the Red Hawks in kills with 204 and kills per set (3.0). She was selected as a Cape and Islands All-Star. Her most memorable moment was making it to semifinals of the state tournament. At Barnstable, she is involved in clubs such as FPS, DECA, Best Buddies and the Cape Cod Juniors/MGA volleyball club.

"Molly’s offensive production is a major factor for our success in the league as well as in the state," said Turco.

Molly Gleason, Barnstable

In her sophomore campaign, the outside hitter finished with 115 kills, 40 aces, 227 digs (team high) and 347 receptions. She was also selected as a Cape and Islands All-Star. Her most memorable moment was beating Dennis-Yarmouth twice, and avenging losses against Needham, Hopkinton and especially Franklin. "I think those wins gave us so much momentum and confidence. Games like those bring us closer together as team," said Fredo.

State competition:Barnstable High girls volleyball team's season ends in semifinals against Newton North

Gleason also plays AAU Basketball, coaches basketball for Barnstable Recreation and Cape Cod Juniors Volleyball. She also enjoys painting.

"Molly Gleason carries a huge responsibility of production on the team with serve receive, defense, and offense," said Turco.

Logan Hurwitz, Barnstable

As a libero, the junior led the Red Hawks in receptions (441), was second in digs (240), and added 38 aces. She was a Cape and Islands All-Star.

"Highly regarded as the best libero on the Cape, and among the best in the state. Big reason for our success," said Turco.

Charlotte Sullivan, Barnstable

The junior middle hitter had 144 Kills, a .214 hitting percentage and was selected as a Cape and Islands Honorable Mention.

"Certainly one of the best middle hitters on Cape Cod," said Turco.

For Players from other schools, please see the article via Cape Cod Times.


MAVCA All State Match
November 21, 2022

MAVCA All State Match -- Barnstable Players Lindsay Jones #47 and Sadie Wellbeloved #24


FINAL FOUR/State Semi-Final
November 16, 2022

Barnstable vs Newton North Final Four playoff match
Photos by Courtney Jacobs, Cape Cod Times

Barnstable High Loses to Newton North in Semifinals

By Cape Cod Times, Courtney Jacobs

BRIDGEWATER -- The Barnstable High girls volleyball team came into the Division 1 state semifinal match as underdogs against top-seeded Newton North Wednesday night. The Red Hawks were no strangers to that role following an upset over No. 4 Franklin, 3-2 ,in the quarterfinals Saturday.

But this time around, the results were not the same.

The Red Hawks will not have the chance at their 19th state championship under hall of fame head coach Tom Turco. They suffered their third loss (Westborough and Dartmouth are the other two) of the season in four sets (25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17) to the Tigers.

“We couldn’t get our offense generated,” Turco said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been there (state championship match), but they played as hard as they could. Newton North is a good team no doubt about it. That’s about the best offense we’ve seen all year.”

Every match was close as each team battled back and forth in sets. Barnstable never gave up, whether they were leading or trailing. The Red Hawks dove for balls, encouraged each other and kept a positive attitude despite the score.

“We have a lot of trust on this team, so usually you can trust when someone is going to go for a ball,” junior libero Logan Hurwitz said. “Other times when two people are going for a ball, we all want that point and we are going to do whatever it takes to get that point.”

Newton North took a 2-0 set lead, but the Tigers head coach Nile Fox knew that the match was far from over.

“I told them to make sure that we don’t think we’re going to beat this team in three sets,” Fox said. “If we work hard, we can, but let’s not come out here cocky because we won the first two sets. We have to work even harder because they are going to come back harder because they don’t want to lose.”

Fox hit the nail in the coffin. Down 2-0, the Red Hawks bounced back in the third set with a 25-22 win. Although Newton North made a late comeback in the third set, Barnstable never wavered.

“We were really aggressive and we were swinging hard. We were really going for points and we weren’t scared or nervous at all,” Hurwitz said.

In the fourth set, the score went back and forth with multiple ties, the latest at 14-all. However, the Red Hawks could not collect the set win to extend the match.

“I feel like we let ourselves get the best of us. When we’re on, we’re on and we can totally beat any team,” Hurwitz said. “When things get off, we need to fix small things and capitalize off our good things.”

“Overall we could have come out more aggressive with no nerves,” senior middle hitter captain Lindsay Jones said. “It was really loud in here and we couldn’t hear each other.”

For Jones, this was her last time taking the court at Barnstable. She has been with the team since her freshman year.

“It was an experience and I will always have this in the back of my head,” Jones said. “I’ve learned life lessons from Coach Turco. He taught me more than just volleyball.”

Barnstable finished the season at 19-3 overall. Some players like Hurwitz have their eyes set on the future.

“I look forward to a lot of young talent next season,” Hurwitz said. “We have a few sophomores, and even freshmen, on this team and they’re really good too. I’m just excited to get back to playing again.”

November 12, 2022

Lindsay Jones kept Barnstable girls’ volleyball confident as the Red Hawks held off Franklin in thrilling five-set Division 1 quarterfinal win

By By Mike Puzzanghera Globe Correspondent,Updated November 12, 2022, 3:50 p.m.

As Barnstable senior middle hitter Lindsay Jones and her Red Hawks teammates entered the defining moment of the fifth set Saturday afternoon against fourth-seeded Franklin, she spread one clear message to the team.

“I was just making sure no one was doubting ourselves,” Jones said. “We knew that we were going to win.”

Jones took over with seven kills in the deciding set, sending No. 5 Barnstable to the Division 1 girls’ volleyball semifinals with a thrilling 25-20, 11-25, 25-8, 17-25, 15-10 win over host Franklin.

“It was like looking into a mirror,” Barnstable head coach Tom Turco said. “It got down to ‘do your job’ time and everyone did their job. That’s what we were echoing at the beginning of that fifth set.”

The teams traded points early in the fifth set. But from a 7-7 deadlock, Barnstable took over with a 6-0 run. With Jones (22 kills) leading the way through the middle, the Red Hawks closed out the match, fending off a Panther comeback bid.

“From [Lindsay], I saw clear vision and desire,” Turco said. “She knew that they were giving up that tip and that short roll shot . . . Both my hitters said, ‘They have the tip open, what do you want us to do?’ I said, ‘Go to Lindsay.’ ”

Barnstable took the first set with six kills from junior outside hitter Molly Fredo, but the Panthers responded in the second. They opened with a 6-0 run, and thanks to six kills from junior captain Taylor LaCerda (13 total kills), the Panthers closed the second set on a 13-3 run.

There was an instant response from the Red Hawks, who stormed out to an 18-4 lead thanks to a 14-2 run keyed by sophomore outside hitter Alyssa McDowell’s six kills. Barnstable closed out the largest margin of the day.

“We were pretty upset that they took the second set as dominantly as they did,” Jones said. “So going into the next set we pretty much said, ‘This game is ours,’ and we wanted it.”

The teams traded points in the fourth to get to 19-17 before the Panthers exploded for a big 6-0 run to seal it. With freshman outside hitter Makayla Kuykendall (13 kills, 2 aces) dominating at the service line, the Panthers battled to keep their season alive.

But Jones proved too much to handle in the fifth, sending Barnstable through to the semifinals. Junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished with 40 assists for the Red Hawks, and junior libero Logan Hurwitz added 17 digs and three aces.

“Your success is determined by how well you pass the ball,” Turco said. “I thought Logan came up with some huge digs that completely changed the momentum.”

The Red Hawks will face top-seeded Newton North (22-1) with a trip to the state final on the line. With the game at a neutral site (date/time TBA), the raucous Barnstable fan section that made the trip to Franklin has at least one more road trip to prepare for. “Last year was tough with the limited amount of people,” Jones said. “We were like, ‘We’re going to bring our people [to Franklin] and pretty much make it our home.’ ”


BARNSTABLE High Girls Volleyball Wins 5-set Thriller to Gain Final Four Spot

By Cape Cod Times, Courtney Jacobs, November 12, 2022

Photos from Barnstable Athletics Instagram


A year ago to the exact date, the Barnstable High girls volleyball team lost 3-0 to Franklin in the Division 1 Round of 8.

On Saturday, the two had a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight matchup. This time, No. 5 Barnstable beat No. 4 Franklin in five sets (25-21, 11-25, 25-8, 17-25, 15-10) to advance to the Final Four.

“This is amazing. It's really big, especially here because last year we lost,” junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved said. “I think as a team altogether we really pushed it."

Wellbeloved finished with 40 assists and will be going to her first Final Four. The Red Hawks will play top-seeded Newton North in the state semifinals (date, time and location to be determined).

The Red Hawks lost eight seniors from last year’s team. Despite that, Barnstable is 19-2 on the season. Barnstable is now down to three seniors, all who are captains. One of those players is Lindsay Jones, who has been with the team since her freshman year.

“Last year, we had so many captains, so it was a huge family taking care of us,” Jones said. “With three (seniors), it was a struggle at the beginning, but we really took care of everyone throughout the season.”

Jones could not have picked a better time to step up. She finished with a season-high 22 kills in the win over Franklin.

“I just gave them confidence and made sure everyone was on the same page,” Jones said. “It was more like taking care of the team and doing it all for them, making sure everyone was together. It was more of a leadership role.”

Barnstable coach Tom Turco is no stranger to the postseason. Since 1993, he has led the Red Hawks to 18 state championships, with the last one coming in 2016. Nobody on the current roster has been a part of a state championship team, but that inexperience is not stopping them from reaching that goal.

“They are really competitive, talented, and they want to win,” Turco said. “We are pretty deep on the bench. Alyssa McDowell had seven kills in that third match and that propelled us to where we wanted to go.”

With the match tied 2-2 going into the fifth set, the Red Hawks rose to the challenge of a big moment.

“The whole thing with this group, you have to settle them down because they’re young. My money was still on them,” Turco said. “I told them we have to pass-serve. The level of play is determined by how well you pass. Everybody has to do their job. They got it done and had no fear at all.” 

Other key players for Barnstable were Molly Fredo (13 kills), Charlotte Sullivan (eight kills), and Logan Hurwitz (25 digs).

The road does not get easier for Barnstable. Their next opponent is the top seed Newton North (19-1), which is looking to go back to the state-title game for the second straight year.

“We need to come out strong and play as a team, what we usually do,” Jones said. “There’s a lot we need to work on, probably serves, but I think throughout the whole game we did pretty good.”

For the Red Hawks, this is the 26th time they have reached the Division 1 state semifinals.

“We just have to push it. We have to work together and celebrate every point and we have to fight for it,” Wellbeloved said. “I think we need to stay aggressive, going for every ball and not letting the balls drop on the floor.”

As for their journey to a state championship, Turco kept it simple.

“Win the next two. That’s it.”

Photos by Cape Cod Times

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November 8, 2022

25-19, 25-19, 25-16

The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 13 kills and Lindsay Jones and Charlotte Sullivan had 8 kills apiece.

Sadie Wellbeloved had a game high 30 assists.

Alyssa McDowell had a good game off the bench.

Logan Hurwitz and Scout Johnson had 5 aces combined and along with 12 and 8 digs respectively. Molly Gleason had 8 digs.

Barnstable will play the winner of Wednesday’s match between Acton Boxborough and Franklin.

Barnstable is now 18-2.

View Instagram Mix of Barnstable/Shrewsbury

November 4, 2022

25-19, 25-10, 25-21

Barnstable had a team 15 aces with 8 going to Sadie Wellbeloved and 3 to Mackenzie Vetorino.

Lindsay Jones had 6 kills and Molly Fredo 7 kills.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 22 assists.

The defense was lead by Logan Hurwitz, Lillie Ells and Molly Gleason with 8 digs each.

Barnstable hosts Shrewsbury Tuesday night at 5:00 in the MIAA round of 16


Barnstable Volleyball Donating Check to Tommy's Place



October 28, 2022

25-17, 25-18, 25-17

Senior Night

It was Senior Night at Barnstable Volleyball!!!

Barnstable defeated Quincy 3-0 -- 25-17, 25-18, 25-17.

The offense was lead by Senior Lindsay Jones and Molly Fredo and Charlotte Sullivan with 11 kills apiece.

Molly Gleason chipped in with 5 kills and Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 34 assists.

Senior Mackenzie Vetorino and Senior Lillie Ells played well defensively with 5 digs apiece.

Barnstable ends the regular season with a record of 16-2 and awaits the Division 1 tournament seedings on Monday.

Photos from Barnstable High School Athletic Director: @RedHawk_Sports on Twitter and @Barnstable_RedHawks_Sports on Instagram

October 26, 2022

19-25, 20-25, 20-25

Sadie Wellbeloved has 21 assists and Logan Hurwitz had 14 digs.

Barnstable is 15-2 and will host Quincy for the regular season finale on Friday at Barnstable.


October 24, 2022

25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22

Barnstable’s offense was led by Charlotte Sullivan’s 16 kills and 3 blocks and Lindsay Jones with 13 kills and 6 aces. Molly Gleason and Molly Fredo had 9 and 7 kills respectively.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 44 assists.

The Defense was led by Logan Hurwitz 14 digs and Molly Gleason 11 digs. Mackenzie Vetorino had 7 digs.

Barnstable improves to 15-1 and faces Dartmouth on Wednesday

Photos from Barnstable High School Athletic Director: @RedHawk_Sports on Twitter and @Barnstable_RedHawks_Sports on Instagram


October 21, 2022

22-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17, 16-14

Barnstable wins Cape & Islands League with an 8-0 League Record

Cape Cod Times, October 23, 2022

After losing the first two sets, the Red Hawks completed the reverse sweep to beat the Dolphins 22-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17,16-14.

Barnstable clinched the Cape and Islands League with an 8-0 league record.

Lindsay Jones had the winning kill, one of her 14 on the night for Barnstable (14-1). Charlotte Sullivan and Molly Fredo each had 15 kills.

Sadie Wellbeloved dished out 52 assists.

Scout Johnson and Mackenzie Vetorino had seven and five aces respectively.

Logan Hurwitz played well on defense with 22 digs.

Grace Presswood led with 27 kills and 25 digs for D-Y (14-4). Ava Pecorella had seven kills and two blocks. Ellen Swanson finished with seven kills and 22 digs. Vivian Castano dished out 39 assists, and Eliana Castano contributed four aces and 22 digs.


Barnstable is 14 and 1 and will face the two-time Division 1 defending State Champions Needham on Monday at Barnstable.

Barnstable 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 2: After losing the first two sets, the Red Hawks completed the reverse sweep to beat the Dolphins 22-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17,16-14. Barnstable clinched the Cape and Islands League with an 8-0 league record. Lindsay Jones had the winning kill, one of her 14 on the night for Barnstable (14-1). Charlotte Sullivan and Molly Fredo each had 15 kills. Sadie Wellbeloved dished out 52 assists. Scout Johnson and Mackenzie Vetorino had seven and five aces respectively. Logan Hurwitz played well on defense with 22 digs. Grace Presswood led with 27 kills and 25 digs for D-Y (14-4). Ava Pecorella had seven kills and two blocks. Ellen Swanson finished with seven kills and 22 digs. Vivian Castano dished out 39 assists, and Eliana Castano contributed four aces and 22 digs.

October 19, 2022

25-9, 25-7, 25-8

Barnstable had a balanced attack with 6 kills apiece for Lindsay Jones, Molly Fredo and Molly Gleason.

Charlotte Sullivan and Lillie Ells had 3 each.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished with 26 assists.

Logan Hurwitz had 11 aces.

Barnstable improves to 13-1 and will face DY on Friday night.


October 17, 2022

25-18, 25-11, 25-11

dig pink

Lindsay Jones led the offense with 18 kills followed by Molly Fredo and Charlotte Sullivan with 10 and 8 kills respectively.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 32 assists.

The Defense was lead by Logan Hurwitz with 8 digs and Molly Gleason 7 and Mackenzie Vetorino 6.

Barnstable is 6-0 in the C&I League; 12-1 overall.

Barnstable plays at Nauset on Wednesday

Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times


October 13, 2022

25-16, 25-14, 25-23

The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 17 kills followed by Lindsay Jones 11 kills.

Molly Gleason and Charlotte Sullivan added 6 apiece. Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 38 assists. Scout Johnson was strong from the service line with 4 aces. Molly Gleason and Logan Hurwitz led the defense with 11 and 6 digs respectively.

Barnstable improves to 11-1. Bishop Feehan is now 10-3.

Barnstable plays 3 league matches next week.



By Andre' Simms, Cape Cod Times
October 13, 2022

Barnstable remains at top of rankings

Coach and Players

We're approaching the business end of the 2022 Cape and Islands League volleyball season. In addition to jockeying for position in the league, teams are also turning their gaze toward the post-season. There have been plenty of stellar teams looking to replicate, or build on, last year's success.

Barnstable remains at the top, just like in my first rankings earlier in the year. The changes come behind the Red Hawks. Sandwich is the only other team that remains in the top five from my original list, while two teams that just missed the initial rankings, now find themselves squarely on these rankings.

So who are they? Keep reading to find out. Here are my second pound-for-pound volleyball rankings.

1. Barnstable Red Hawks (10-1)

It almost seems unfair to knock Barnstable for their single loss this season. Not only was it the first loss of the season following a 10-0 start, but it was to the No. 1 team in Division 2 according to the latest MIAA power rankings, undefeated Westboro. Outside of that loss, the Red Hawks have been as dominant as ever. Sadie Wellbeloved is one of the best setters on Cape Cod, and in the state. The Red Hawks boast an incredibly balanced offense with Molly Gleason, Molly Fredo, Lindsay Jones, and Charlotte Sullivan serving as key contributors this season.

2. Nantucket Whalers (9-1)

3. Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins (10-3)

4. Sandwich Blue Knights (8-3)

5. St. John Paul II Lions (8-3)


October 7, 2022

25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26, 4-15

Charlotte Sullivan and Molly Fredo had 10 kills each and Lindsay Jones had 8.

Setter Molly Gleason had 30 assists.

Logan Hurwitz and Molly Gleason had 17 and 13 digs respectively.

Barnstable goes to 10-1 Westborough is 10-0.

Barnstable will compete in the VolleyHall Classic in Springfield on Sunday. Next week, they play Bishop Feehan on Thursday.


October 5, 2022

25-9, 25-14, 25-5

Offense was led by Molly Fredo with 14 kills and Lindsay Jones with 7. Lillie Ells and Charlotte Sullivan had 5 apiece.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 27 assists.

Molly Gleason had 5 digs.

Barnstable is 10-0 and 5-0 in the C&I League. Next match is Friday when Barnstable hosts the MaxPreps #1 Westborough. Barnstable is ranked #2 by MaxPreps.



By Andre' Simms, Cape Cod Times
Barnstable vs Nauset, October 3, 2022

Barnstable volleyball wins ninth straight; remains unbeaten

The Barnstable High girls volleyball team got their ninth straight win to begin the season, sweeping the Nauset Warriors (25-3, 25-6, 25-17).

Lindsay Jones had 10 kills to lead the way for the Red Hawks, while setter Sadie Wellbeloved dished out 17 assists.

Scout Johnson and Teagan Geraghty each had five aces, and Molly Fredo and Charlotte Sullivan added five kills apiece.

Barnstable is 9-0 and 4-0 in the Cape & Islands League.. The RedHawks play Falmouth home on Wednesday and host the #1 team in the state, Westborough, on Friday.



By Mike Richard, For the Cape Cod Times
Barnstable vs Notre Dame, September 30, 2022

Barnstable High Girls Volleyball Team Continues to Honor the Life of Olivia Brodt

Barnstable High hosts annual Dig Yellow game



Not a single member of the current Barnstable High girls volleyball team was on varsity when Olivia Brodt was on the squad, yet every single player has heard of her.

Brodt's No. 3 has been retired by the program and hangs behind the team bench, while a banner on the other side of the gym honors her as a member of the 1,000-career assist club. Outside the gym there is a water fountain dedicated in her memory.

On Friday night, Brodt’s memory was publicly marked with the annual Dig Yellow game held as a charity for Childhood Cancer in her name during Barnstable’s game with Notre Dame Academy of Hingham.

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.

During her years in high school, she was captain of the 2014 team, an All-State setter and a member of two Barnstable High state championship teams.

“She is still a big part of our program,” said coach Tom Turco. “We talk about her story every year and we let them know who she was and what this night stands for.”

Spurred on by Brodt’s memory and a large vocal crowd, Barnstable remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Notre Dame Academy, sweeping the game in three sets, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-16.

Leading the way offensively was sophomore Molly Gleason and senior captain Lindsay Jones with eight kills apiece, while junior Charlotte Sullivan added seven. Sophomore Alyssa McDowell and junior Molly Fredo each had five.

Junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved led the way with 29 assists, while junior Logan Hurwitz had five digs and the Red Hawks were successful from the service line with 14 aces.

Barnstable held its first Dig Yellow event in 2016, shortly after Olivia was diagnosed with cancer.

Following a year of cancer treatment, she was cleared and was looking forward to returning to Babson College. There, she was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Babson volleyball team.

After only three weeks back in college, she experienced vertigo and extreme headaches, which led to an untreatable diagnosis of Leptomeningeal disease, a result of her earlier diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma.

Her father, Craig, has been an assistant coach with the Barnstable volleyball team since 2000, when he was a ceramics teacher at the high school. Faculty cuts cost him his teaching job there – he’s been teaching at Dennis-Yarmouth for 15 years – but he’s stayed with the volleyball team.

“Watching my girls go through the volleyball program, it was great,” he said, noting that Olivia’s younger sister Caroline was also an outstanding player before her 2018 graduation and also a member of the 1,000-career assist club.

“Both girls also grew up very involved in the arts,” he said, noting that Olivia was a dancer and a member of the school’s Art Honor Society, while Caroline attended Rochester Institute of Technology and is a professional photographer living in Los Angeles.

Craig Brodt noted the importance of honoring Olivia’s memory each year with the Dig Yellow game.

“It is difficult, I’m not going to lie. But it is also important for the community to have that remembrance,” he said. “For a program as strong as this to continue it is just great. We see this event happening and it brings us back to the positive things in (Olivia’s) life.”

The gymnasium was a sea of yellow with the Barnstable team outfitted in special yellow shirts. Silver balloons, which were formed in 'OB3' (Olivia Brodt #3), were above the team bench.

Concessions and raffle ticket sales (including a 50/50 drawing) were donated to Centerville’s Tommy’s Place, a magical vacation home for children and their families who are fighting cancer.

Over the past six years, the Dig Yellow nights have supported numerous childhood cancer charities and have raised more than $6,000.

With their Friday night victory, unbeaten Barnstable moved to 8-0 and is ranked No. 2 statewide in Division 1.

“It’s really nice that the girls and the booster parents continue to support this event and have taken it on year after year,” said Craig Brodt. “Both my wife (Brenda) and I support what they’re doing with this program. It’s heartwarming and it’s healing.”

Turco smiled at the memory of Olivia, still bringing a sparkle to his eyes.

“She is still a huge part of this program and it’s important to us that we keep her legacy alive,” he said.




View on Team Up 4 Community Page

DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2022

ABOUT: Dig Yellow is a volleyball match that began when our alumni Volleyball player Olivia Brodt was diagnosed with Childhood Cancer. At that time the goal was to raise money in support of Olivia and her family to help them best cope with the challenges that were in front of them. When Olivia passed away we continued our Dig Yellow event and donated 100% of the proceeds to charity. This years recipient was “Tommy’s Place” in Centerville. Tommy’s Place is a vacation home that’s sole purpose is to provide a vacation experience for children with cancer. The players help spread the word and decorate the gym. The events multiple purpose goal has been achieved!

1. Keep Olivia’s legacy alive
2. Raise awareness of Childhood cancer
3. Raise money for local groups specifically involved with childhood cancer.


September 30, 2022

25-18, 25-17, 25-16

The offense was balanced with Molly Gleason and Lindsay Jones having 8 kills a piece, Charlotte Sullivan with 7 kills, and Alyssa McDowell and Molly Fredo with 5 kills.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved had 29 assists. Logan Hurwitz had 5 digs.

Barnstable was successful from the service line with 14 aces.

Barnstable is 8-0 and will play Nauset on Monday.


September 28, 2022

25-15, 25-15, 25-15

The offense was led by Molly Fredo with 12 kills, Lindsay Jones with 8 kills, and Charlotte Sullivan with 5 kills.

Setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished the night with 24 assists.

Barnstable had 14 aces on the night with 5 coming from Molly Gleason and 4 from Scout Johnson.

Barnstable is 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cape & Islands. Next match is Barnstable's Dig Yellow match against Notre Dame Academy of Hingham on Friday.



By Andre' Simms, Cape Cod Times
BARNSTABLE @WINCHESTER, September 27, 2022

25-12, 24-26, 25-23, 25-22

The Red Hawks took four sets (25-12, 24-26, 25-23, 25-22) to stay undefeated and move to 6-0, while simultaneously handing Winchester it's first loss of the season. Barnstable's offense was balanced in the match. Setter Sadie Wellbeloved dished out 33 assists. Nine went to Lindsay Jones, eight apiece to both Molly Fredo, and Molly Gleason, and seven to Charlotte Sullivan and Lillie Ells.

Defensively Logan Hurwitz had 14 digs. Scout Johnson came off the bench and had 12 service points and 5 digs.

Barnstable plays at Sandwich tomorrow in a Cape and Islands match.



By Andre' Simms, Cape Cod Times

26-24, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23,15-6

Playing DY

In a battle between two of Cape Cod's (and the state's) best high school girls volleyball teams, Barnstable defeated Dennis-Yarmouth in a five-set thriller on Thursday.

The Red Hawks won 26-24, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23 and 15-6.

Molly Gleason and Molly Fredo led the Red Hawks offense with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Sadie Wellbeloved had 38 assists to keep Barnstable moving offensively.

Charlotte Sullivan and Lindsay Jones had 9 kills each and Lillie Ells had 8.

The defense was lead by Logan Hurwitz and Molly Gleason with 25 and 22 digs respectively. Mackenzie Vetorino had 10 digs.

Grace Presswood and Ellen Swanson each had double-doubles for the Dolphins. Presswood had 21 kills and 15 digs, and Swanson finished with 11 kills and 11 digs in the loss.

Barnstable is 5-0 and plays next Tuesday at Winchester.



September 21, 2022

Player of Week Hurwitz
Logon Hurwitz of Barnstable digs out a Falmouth serve. (Photo by Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times)

Logan Hurwitz, Barnstable With 64 percent of the votes, Hurwitz is the first winner of the season. She finished with 19 digs for the Red Hawks in a 3-0 win over Hingham.


CAPE COD TIMES, September 19, 2022

By Courtney Jacobs, Cape Cod Times
Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

25-6, 25-13, 25-17

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Sadie Wellbeloved lead the Red Hawks offense with 24 assists and eight aces as they shutout the Clippers 25-6, 25-13, 25-17. Molly Gleason had 10 kills and Molly Fredo added seven kills. Charlotte Sullivan finished with six kills and junior middle hitter Alyssa McDowell had three kills in her first varsity start for Barnstable (4-0). Libero Logan Hurwitz lead the defense with 14 digs for the Red Hawks.

Barnstable is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cape and Islands League.

Barnstable hosts Dennis-Yarmouth on Wednesday.


September 12, 2022

25-21, 25-14, 25-16

Hopkinton Match
Photo by @BarnstableVB

The offense was lead by Senior Lindsay Jones with 9 kills and 5 aces. Junior Molly Fredo and Sophomore Molly Gleason had 8 kills apiece and Junior Charlotte Sullivan had 5 kills. Junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 27 assists. Junior Libero Logan Hurwitz had a match high 20 digs. Molly Fredo 8 and Sadie Wellbeloved and Molly Gleason has 5 apiece.

Barnstable improves to 3-0 and faces league opponent Falmouth next Monday.


September 9, 2022

25-14, 25-16, 25-14

Junior Molly Fredo lead the offense with a match high 17 kills. Junior Charlotte Sullivan had 7 and Senior Lindsay Jones and Sophomore Molly Gleason chipped in for 5 kills each. Junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved had a match high 34 assists.

The defense was lead by Junior Logan Hurwitz and Sophomore Molly Gleason with 19 and 15 digs respectively. Mackenzie Vetorino had 5 digs.

Barnstable is 2-0 on the season and travels to Hopkinton on Monday.


September 7, 2022

25-15, 25-11, 25-23

Junior Molly Fredo had 10 kills and Senior Lindsay Jones had 9 kills and 3 aces to lead the offense for the RedHawks. Juniors Charlotte Sullivan and Molly Gleason added 4 kills apiece. Junior setter Sadie Wellbeloved finished the night with 29 assists. Junior Libero Logan Hurwitz lead the defense with 12 digs and 2 aces.

Barnstable is 1-0 and plays Hingham at home on Friday.


CAPE COD TIMES, September 2, 2022

By Chris McDaniel, Cape Cod Times, Twitter @ChrisMcDaniel88
Photos by Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

Previewing Barnstable's '22 Season

2022 Team Captains and Coach
Barnstable coach Tom Turco with his varsity captains Mackenzie Vetorino (15), Lillie Ells (22), and Lindsay Jones (20) volleyball team before a scrimmage Wednesday in Hyannis with Old Rochester.

There are not many high school athletic programs in the state like the Barnstable High girls volleyball team.

For most programs, winning a state title is a pipe dream or a stretch goal. But for Barnstable, winning state titles is within reach every fall.

And it’s been awhile since the Red Hawks were atop the Division 1 mountain.

“It’s motivating for the players because there’s no player in the program that has been a member of a state-championship team,” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco, who enters his 35th year at the helm with an unbelievable record of 723-74.

Barnstable, which has 18 state titles and 13 this century, has not won Div. 1 since 2016. Since that last title, there’s been plenty of close calls. In 2017, Barnstable’s first and only loss came in the state semifinals. In 2018, that lone loss was in the state finals. The 2019 season ended with another state semifinal appearance.

There was no state tournament during the 2020-21 school year (Barnstable won the Cape & Islands tournament). Last year, the Red Hawks lost in the Elite Eight.

“We can’t rely on past glories,” said Turco. “We have to take every year as it comes. We know that to win a state championship it’s hard. People think we roll it out in the past and right now there’s so much parity and there’s so many good teams. We try to create a schedule that’s going to be preparing ourselves for the tournament.”

In 2021, Barnstable battled some mid-season struggles. A three-game losing streak had the Red Hawks standing at 5-5 in early October but Barnstable rattled off 10 consecutive wins, including two in the tournament, before falling to top-seeded Franklin in the Elite Eight.

“I thought getting as far as we did was certainly not as far as the players wanted to go to, but I thought all things considered they achieved a lot,” said Turco of last season. “It was a tough way to end up in Franklin but that has certainly been a motivating factor for the returning players.”

The Red Hawks expect to be right back in the state-title mix once again, but Turco concedes it’s a deep field of contenders.

“The difference in the state in the last three or four years is that there are no dominant teams where you have one or two really, really dominant teams and then it falls off a little bit,” said Turco. "Now, especially in Division 1, right now I could say there are eight teams that could win this and there’s no one team that is heavily favored."

“We’re absolutely in the mix. When the strength of schedule comes out, I’d be shocked if we’re not in the top five teams of strength of schedule.”

This year’s versions of the Red Hawks will be led by their three senior captains — Lindsay Jones, Lillie Ells and Mackenzie Vetorino.

"Their leadership is important because there are 11 players who are underclassmen under them,” said Turco.

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Jones, a 6-0 middle hitter, was named to the Division 1 All-State Team last fall. She led the team with 205 kills and 36 blocks last season.

Ells is an outside hitter while Vetorino is currently a defensive specialist.

“Lillie Ells brings a phenomenal work ethic to the team,” said Turco. "She’s just a quiet leader, leads by example and she worked out all summer long. She’s in great physical condition and she’s definitely stronger than she was last year. That type of quiet leadership is welcomed and motivating for her teammates.”

Vetorino has also had a strong showing in the offseason and preseason.

Joining Jones as a middle hitter is junior Charlotte Sullivan. Sullivan started every game last season. Junior Logan Hurwitz is back in the libero slot after leading the team with 206 digs last season.

Junior Molly Fredo and sophomore Molly Gleason are promising outside hitters who haven’t received much playing time in the past. Lillie Ells of Barnstable blocks the ball back at Old Rochester during a scrimmage.

“The thing about this year’s team is there’s no one dominant hitter,” said Turco. “I’ve got five hitters that can produce on the court so that makes for a tougher team to defend.”

Hurwitz and Gleason will be responsible for setting Barnstable’s defense and getting the hitters going.

“It all comes down to those unsung players who actually start everything,” said Turco. “Passing the volleyball determines your level. So you can have the best hitters in the state but if you don’t have people who are controlling the ball and passing the ball in system, it’s for naught. We’ve got a good core of defensive players.”

Laura Cogswell will be a tough player for the Red Hawks to replace. Cogswell, who is now at the University of Miami (Ohio), was an All-State player with Jones and had over 1,000 career assists. Sadie Wellbeloved, a junior, will step into those shoes.

“She’s worked hard all season, all offseason,” said Turco of Wellbeloved. “She came into tryouts very highly motivated and is getting better everyday.”

Coach and Players
Barnstable Coach Tom Turco offers inspiration for his team before a scrimmage with Old Rochester.

Barnstable varsity captains Mackenzie Vetorino (15), Lillie Ells (22), and Lindsay Jones (20) will lead this year's Red Hawks' girls volleyball team.

Key matchups

There’s no breaks in Barnstable’s schedule and it starts with a bang.

The Red Hawks open the season on Sept. 7 at home against Danvers (5:30 p.m.). What follows is some tough early-season games against Hingham, Hopkinton, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth and Winchester. Hingham and Winchester were in the Div. 1 tournament last season. Hopkinton is the defending Div. 2 state champion and D-Y was a Div. 3 state finalist. Falmouth was another tournament qualifier.

“Their goals are pretty high so you’ve got to face the best,” said Turco. "We’ve always done that.”

On Oct. 7, Barnstable hosts Westborough, which was a Div. 2 finalist last season.

The Red Hawks end the season with games against Dartmouth, Needham and Quincy. Needham reached the Div. 1 Final Four last season and Quincy defeated Barnstable in the 2021 season opener.

“There’s no let-up in the schedule so I think they’re mentally and physically prepared for it,” said Turco.

Top players

Lindsay Jones, Sr. middle hitter
Lillie Ells, Sr. outside hitter
Mackenzie Vetorini, Sr. defensive specialist
Logan Hurwitz, Jr. libero
Charlotte Sullivan, Jr. middle hitter
Molly Fredo, Jr. outside hitter
Sadie Wellbeloved, Jr. setter
Molly Gleason, Soph., outside hitter


CAPE COD TIMES, August 9, 2022

By Mike Richard, Cape Cod Times

Barnstable High girls volleyball team aces it on the court and in the classroom

Barnstable Girls Volleyball Wins Academic Award
The Barnstable team gathers around Lindsay Jones (23) after beating Falmouth in three sets.
Photo by Ron Schloerb

BARNSTABLE — Over the past several decades, the Barnstable High volleyball teams of coach Tom Turco have compiled some very impressive streaks.

Turco’s squads have qualified for the postseason tournament for the past 33 consecutive seasons, have captured the South Sectional championship 25 times – including a one-time run of 10 in a row – and have won an unprecedented 18 state championships.

Just as impressive is the fact that the team is on a 10-year American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award-winning streak, after being so honored once again this year.

“I’m real proud that they understand the value of academics,” said Turco. “Academics is going to get them much further in life than volleyball and will open a lot of doors for them.”

The award, first initiated by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in the 1992/93 academic year, honors teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Team maintained high grade-point average

Barnstable recorded an overall team grade-point average of 3.57 out of a possible 4.0 for the school year.

“Academic achievement does not happen by accident,” said AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer in a press release. “I’m so proud of the hundreds of coaching staffs that make excellence in the classroom a priority.” Barnstable was one of 13 Massachusetts high schools earning MAVCA/AVCA Team Academic Honors for the 2021/22 school year. Its 10-year AVCA award streak is second to only Longmeadow High, which has been honored for its 15-year statewide streak.

“It goes hand in hand. Girls know what they need to do in the classroom and we often talk of the similarities,” Turco said. “We talk about having confidence in what you’re doing, being ready and prepared. They got that whole work ethic even before they got to the gym.”

Those girls whose collective GPAs determined the team’s average were seniors Nealy Alger, Laura Cogswell, Kailey Cordeira, Emma Corley, Cayleigh Fleming, Dierdre Mullin and Allison Nystrom, and juniors Lindsey Jones, Lillie Ells and Mackenzie Vetorino.

Underclassmen included sophomores Molly Fredo, Logan Hurwitz, Charlotte Sullivan and Sadie Wellbeloved, and freshmen Teagan Geraghty and Molly Gleason.

Turco praised the work of Barnstable guidance counselor Shawn Kingman and administrative assistant Meghan Cordeira, who helped to compile the student grade statistics for consideration.

Previously it had been the job of longtime assistant coach Jessi (Goode) Roundtree, who annually amassed and submitted all of the information to the AVCA. However, she was not with the team this spring following the birth of her second child.

Making time for school work a priority

“There is research out there that states that students’ grades are higher during their sports season,” said Turco. “It’s almost an eat-sleep-practice-study structure like that.”

He recalled that in the early 2000s, the team would hold practice right after 2 p.m. school dismissal, but sometimes the girls would come late because they were involved in after-school projects.

“We decided to delay our practice time to 3:15, so the girls could work on projects or get extra help if needed,” Turco said, adding that a study hall is also held for the girls the first hour after school.

The system has worked over the years and Turco noted he could not remember any player of his that over the past two decades did not go to college.

“These kids are just brilliant students,” he said, noting it also transfers to the volleyball court. “They also understand the concepts of opponent player tendencies. They get into this in film sessions, which we also treat as a classroom.”

Of his recently graduated senior class, Allison Nystrom will attend the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and will also play volleyball there.

Meantime, Laura Cogswell accepted a full four-year caddy’s scholarship to the University of Miami of Ohio, while Emma Corley will go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for engineering.

Of the other graduates, Neely Alger and Kailey Cordeira will both attend UMass-Amherst, Dierdre Mullin will play lacrosse at Franklin Pierce University and Cayleigh Fleming will matriculate at the University of Maine.

Mike Richard can be contacted by email at

Barnstable Girls Volleyball
The 2021-22 Barnstable High School girls volleyball team pictured at this year's Homecoming Dance include, Front row: Dierdre Mullin, Cayleigh Fleming, Allison Nystrom, Neely Alger, Kailey Cordeira, Emma Corley, Laura Cogswell. Back row: Mackenzie Vetorino, Lillie Ells, Molly Fredo, Lindsay Jones, Charlotte Sullivan, Sadie Wellbeloved, Logan Hurwitz, Molly Gleason. Missing from the photo was Teagan Geraghty. Photo provided by Barnstable Volleyball Boosters