Richard Barton says the mark of a team en route to a state championship is that it can stand on its own. “When the team is having a meeting before a game and I go into it and they tell me they don’t need me and go away, that’s a winning quality,” said the Newton North girls’ volleyball coach.
And it shows.
The Tigers swept Concord-Carlisle in the Division 1 state semifinal, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18, on Wednesday at Canton High to move on to face Barnstable on Saturday.
“We stayed positive the whole time and had a lot of confidence in each other,” said the Tigers’ Alana King. “And we swing hard, so they didn’t have a lot of time to get back in.”
Notre Dame Academy 3, Bishop Fenwick 0 — For the first time in school history, the Cougars are heading to the Division 2 championship. Notre Dame swept, 25-19, 25-10, 25-16, behind stellar play from senior Julia Flynn (13 kills, 5 digs) and sophomore Avery Spaziani (9 kills, 3 digs).
According to coach Josh Shepard, it was midway through the first set when his team lost the jitters.
“Once the girls started feeling confident out there, we started to play our game,” he said.
Notre Dame will face the Central-Longmeadow winner Saturday at Algonquin.
Waring 5, St. Andrew’s 4 — Just 14 minutes into its NEPSAC Class D quarterfinal game, the top-seeded Mavericks boys’ soccer team had their back against the wall, down three goals at home to No. 8 St. Andrew’s.
But after regrouping at halftime, the sophomore-laden Mavericks (13-0-2) scored three goals to force overtime, and eventually advanced, 5-4 (5-4 in penalty kicks).
Sophomore Aiden Wood had a hat trick and junior Matt Lyman scored on the fifth penalty kick to secure the win.
Rivers 5, Wilbraham & Monson 4— Junior Trevor Davock scored on a penalty kick in the second overtime to lift the Red Wings into the NEPSAC Class B semifinals.
Hebron (Maine) 3, Beaver Country Day 2 — Senior Tommaso Centemero scored the winner in overtime as the eighth-seeded Lumberjacks beat the top-seeded Beavers in NEPSAC Class C.
Seniors Pasha Nayda and Olivier Frenette scored in regulation. Junior keeper Myles Horn had 12 saves.
Worcester Academy 1, Milton Academy 0— Junior midfielder Brice Koval scored the game-winning goal for the Hilltoppers, while sophomore Alex Botazzi recorded four saves for the shutout.