The Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) volleyball team swept the Red Devils, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, in Chelsea on Tuesday for the program’s 300th victory. The Lancers (9-0) began playing in 1991 and have an all-time record of 300-226.
“I think it’s great for the school to get some recognition,” said coach Rob Mahoney. “I think there’s a lot of pride in that.”
Mahoney talked with his team about the milestone being on the horizon and made it one of their goals for the season.
Notre Dame has been led by four returning starters: junior outside hitter Cathryn MacGregor, senior middle hitter Colleen Martin, senior setter Jordan Blazak, and senior outside hitter Tanusha Yarlagadda.
Mahoney credited current Notre Dame athletic director Lisa Zappala for her work as head coach from 1992-97.
“She was an outstanding coach,” Mahoney said. “It gave me, as a coach, and the girls something to strive for.”
Zappala, who won 63 percent of her games, said she misses the coaching but has had fun watching Mahoney build the program.
“It’s been really neat to watch it,” Zappala said. “[Mahoney] has done a tremendous job growing that program.”
Last year, the Lancers moved from the Merrimack Valley Conference to the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. The move paid dividends when Notre Dame went 20-0 in the regular season before losing to Lynnfield in the Division 3 North finals.
When Mahoney took over as coach in 1999, the Lancers were 90-69. Over his 15 years at the helm, Mahoney has seen his team go as far as the state finals in 2009, when it lost to Case.
With one goal now checked off its list, Notre Dame is hoping to make more history with a tournament run next month.
“It’s definitely a possibility,” Mahoney said.
Barnstable 3, Medfield 0 — Hannah Andres and Colleen Kenney each had 14 kills for the No. 1 Red Raiders. Olivia Brodt recorded 39 assists and Stephanie Martin had 21 digs.
Newton South 3, Westford 2 — Behind 11 kills from Izzy Shishko and 30 assists from Julia Smith, the Lions rallied from a 14-11 fifth-set deficit to top the Grey Ghosts for the first time in five years.
Weymouth 1, Braintree 0 — Junior forward Yerik Guerrero scored for the Wildcats (1-4-4).
Bedford 1, Lincoln-Sudbury 0— The Buccaneers (6-2) handed the No. 14 Warriors their first loss on a goal by senior Mike Dushman, assisted by his sophomore brother, Sam.
Wellesley 2, Natick 1— Senior Tyler Kuchenbecker scored the winner in the 70th minute for the No. 11 Raiders (7-1).
Newton South 1, Concord-Carlisle 0 — The Lions handed the fourth-ranked Patriots their first loss as Lizzie Walkes banked home a corner kick from Sophie MacArthur with 10 minutes remaining.
Scituate 6, Pembroke 1 — Corey Murray, Emily Damrell, and Hannah Sheskey scored and Erika Badger had three assists for the Sailors (8-0-2).
Natick 2, Wellesley 1 — Goals by senior Haley Reddish and junior Jamie Kuehnapfel led the Rockets.
Revere 18, Lynn Classical 32 — Senior John Dello Russo led the Patriots, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes 58 seconds.
Whitman-Hanson 23, Hingham 32 — Sam Coletti (19:58) and Kelsey Tierney (20:11) were the top two finishers on the 5k course.