The nonleague tilt Friday afternoon between the Barnstable girls’ volleyball team, the defending state champion, and visiting Newton North, their opponent in that Division 1 final, had been circled on the calendar for months.
And reminiscent of the state title match in June, the unbeaten Red Raiders swept North, 3-0, and handed the Tigers (9-1) their first loss.
And if there was a single player that could steal the show in a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup, it was Barnstable junior hitter Riley James.
Her 28th kill set the school’s career record of 1,035, held by Stephanie Bristol (2005-08). James finished with 30, raising her career total to 1,037.
“It’s certainly a great accomplishment, and Riley will be the first one to tell you she’s had an excellent [team around her],” said Barnstable coach Tom Turco. “Credit to Riley and credit to the entire team, it’s a terrific accomplishment”
And it was in that fashion that Barnstable (11-0) earned the win. Caroline Brodt contributed 37 assists, and Ingrid Murphy added 12 digs with 10 kills.
Barnstable won the sets, 25-15, 25-22, and 25-15
Andover 3, Reading 0 — Junior Alexis Mancha racked up nine aces, eight assists and seven kills to lift the host Golden Warriors (13-0). Senior Sarah Shattuck added nine kills and four blocks.
King Philip 3, Sharon 0 — Senior Sydney Phillips had eight kills and 10 service points for the Warriors (11-1).
Lynnfield 3, North Andover 2 — Melissa Morelli had 11 kills and 11 assists for the Pioneers.
Lynn Classical 3, Malden 0 — Sophomore Pamela Diaz led the Rams (8-4) with 15 service points and eight aces.
Burlington 3, Billerica 2 — Maddy Metzdorf had 15 kills and 25 digs for the Red Devils (7-4).
West Roxbury 3, Snowden 0 — Junior Arianna Gordon had 12 blocks and 11 digs for the Raiders (10-1).
Burke 3, Boston English 1 — Senior Daniela Brando registered six blocks and six kills for the Bulldogs (3-4).
Wilmington 1, Arlington 0 — Joe Mirabella scored in the 57th minute as the Wildcats (2-6-1) dealt No. 19 Arlington (7-1-1) its first loss. Andrew Days (6 saves) earned the shutout.
Newburyport 2, Rockport 1 — Freshmen Ryan Archer headed in the go-ahead goal with under a minute remaining for the Clippers (4-2-4).
Lynnfield 5, Ipswich 0 — John Luders had two goals and two assists for the Pioneers (6-3-2).
Oliver Ames 3, Foxborough 1 — Matt Alvarado had a goal and an assist as the Tigers (7-1-2) qualified for the state tourney.
Belmont 1, Watertown 0 — Jake Carson scored for the Marauders (5-3-2) late in the second half.
Pentucket 2, Hamilton-Wenham 1 — Junior Patrick Dillon netted the equalizer with four minutes left and Jake Dickson scored the winner to lift the Sachems (8-1-2) into the tourney.
St. John’s Prep 3, Catholic Memorial 1 — Senior Steven Yakita had a goal and an assist for the Eagles (8-0-2).
Bishop Feehan 4, Greater New Bedford 1 — Senior Cole Scharland recorded a hat trick for the Shamrocks (6-4-2).
King Philip 4, Sharon 0 — Sophomore Chloe Lane collected two goals and an assist for the No. 17 Warriors (12-1).
Wilmington 3, Arlington 1 — Senior Dana Goulet netted a pair of second-half goals to lift the visiting Wildcats (5-3-3).
Arlington Catholic 3, Matignon 0 — Veronica Caruso scored a pair of goals and Veronica Burke earned her first shutout for the Cougars (6-3-2).