Upon looking at Barnstable’s volleyball banner, the one celebrating 15 state titles ago, there is one year missing: 2009.
That was the year New Bedford, the last team to defeat Barnstable in the postseason, captured the state championship. Barnstable made sure that didn’t happen again Saturday in a battle of unbeatens in Pembroke as the Red Raiders swept New Bedford for the program’s 19th Division 1 South sectional. Barnstable (21-0) won, 25-19, 25-18. 25-17.
“I got to give my kids credit. It was a little bit harder than it should have been, but they weathered the storm and even though they’re making unforced errors they picked it up and stay composed,” said Red Raiders coach Tom Turco.
Ciara Bruning (eight kills) and Colleen Kenney (nine kills) worked for every point in the third set. Pushing New Bedford to a timeout, a tip-hit-ace combo from Hannah Andres (11 kills) and Bruning set up game point. Madison Sollows then propelled herself to spike the final point, ending New Bedford’s season at 20-1.
“The last moment, getting the winning point, was amazing, but as long as we worked our hardest to get to that point it doesn’t matter who got the winning point,” said Sollows.
Division 1 Central/East — Newton North won the sectional title in a sweep of North Quincy, 25-12, 25-9, and 25-15. The Tigers (19-3) will play Concord-Carlisle in Wednesday’s state semfinals.
Division 1 Central/West — Concord-Carlisle (19-4) won the final game, 25-23, to cap a 3-1 win over Dual County rival Lincoln-Sudbury.
The Patriots had split their previous two matches with L-S, each by 3-1 scores.
Division 2 South —Two points shy of winning its first sectional title, Notre Dame of Hingham set up captain Julia Flynn, who blasted away to seal a 3-0 win over Duxbury in Pembroke.
The Cougars won, 25-14, 25-6, 25-15, to improve to 20-2.
“When I’m in the moment, I always think rise to the occasion and [in those last moments] I was thinking I want to win,” said Flynn.
Division 2 North —Bishop Fenwick won its first sectional title, beating defending champion Melrose, 3-0 (27-25, 25-11, 25-17).
Division 2 Central — Sarah Anderson, Samantha Kehoe, and Addie D’Luzansky led Westboro over Canton, 3-1.
“Everyone had worked so hard, everyone hit the floor for everything,” Kehoe said amid the celebration afterward at Hudson High School. “I just wanted to finish it for everyone.”
Division 3 North — Lynnfield won its second straight sectional title, beating Notre Dame (Tyngsboro), 3-0.
Division 3 South — Fairhaven won its fourth straight sectional title, beating Case, its South Coast Conference rival, 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-15).
Division 3 Central — Fourth-seeded Sutton won its first sectional championship with a 3-1 victory (25-11, 21-25, 25-15, 25-14) over No. 3 Blackstone Valley.
It was also the first title for Donna Coonan, who started the program nine years ago with the Suzies going 0-20 in their first varsity season.
“Balls would bounce on players’ heads,” Coonan recalled as she contemplated how far Sutton (17-4) had come.
The serving of Messier and fellow senior captain Jenna Louw proved decisive for the Suzies. Louw finished with 15 service points, including five aces, while Messier had 10 service points and 12 kills.