Notre Dame (Hingham) had its back against the wall.
The No. 3 Cougars were down in the fifth set of their volleyball match against host Medfield, when Globe All-Scholastic Julia Flynn stepped in.
The senior outside hitter, who finished with 25 kills, 6 digs, and 3 aces, shouldered a comeback as the Cougars (8-1) beat the Warriors, 3-2 (19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13).
“Both teams played with a ton of heart,” said Notre Dame coach Josh Shepherd, whose team came back from a 6-1 deficit in the fifth game. “Game 5 could have gone in either direction. It was just really, really good volleyball.”
Sophomore Avery Spaziani pitched in with 14 kills, 10 digs, and 2 aces, while senior Casey Thorbahn added 12 kills and four blocks.
After losing to the Cougars in four sets last Thursday, Medfield came out on fire to take the first game.
“Medfield pushed us to the nth degree,” Shepherd said. “They flat-out beat us in every aspect of the game in game one.”
Notre Dame settled down in Game 2 and carried the momentum to go up, 2-1, after three games. Game 4 was closer, tied at 21 before the Warriors stepped up to force a fifth game.
“To be able to say we were successful against [Medfield] two times in the same season is a huge accomplishment for our program,” Shepherd said.
Canton 3, Taunton 0 — Avery Devoe had 16 kills and three aces for the No. 14 Bulldogs (9-0).
Braintree 3, Wellesley 0 — Junior Ashley Russell had nine kills and 14 digs for the Wamps (9-2).
Brookline 3, Natick 0 — Lisa Tarasyu had 19 kills as the Warriors (9-0) remained unbeaten with a sweep of the Red and Blue, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22.
Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 3, North Shore 0 — The Lancers (10-0) qualified for the state tournament.
Silver Lake 3, Scituate 0 — Senior forward Paul Beatty had a goal and an assist as the Lakers qualified for the state tournament.
Chelsea 4, Lynn Tech 1 — Senior Luis Cruz scored a hat trick and added an assist for the Red Devils (7-1-1).
Snowden 8, South Boston 0 — Sophomore Loriana Jacobs scored four goals and had two assists for the Cougars (6-3).
Lynnfield 6, Saugus 0 — Senior midfielder Julia Brzezinska scored two goals to lead the Pioneers (9-1).
BC High 214, Brockton 249 — Senior Matt Dyroff shot a 4-under 32 to lead the Eagles (6-4).
It took four attempts Thursday, but the Greater Boston League athletic directors finally agreed to release Cambridge from the GBL. By a 3-2 vote, Cambridge is one step closer to joining the Dual County League.
The next step, according to Medford athletic director Bob Maloney, is a vote by the Greater Boston League principals. Maloney said he anticipates the principals agreeing with the athletic directors.
According to Maloney, the remaining GBL schools will continue discussions with the Northeastern Conference regarding a potential merger that could include Masconomet.