Barnstable Red Raiders KO Boxers
By: Tom Moran Jr.
The Barnstable High volleyball team made sure there would be no carryover effect from the loss to Frontier Regional and did so by pounding out a 3-0 win over Brockton in the City of Champions on Tuesday.
The Boxers barely lifted a glove as the Red Raiders were in command from start to finish, chalking up the 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14 victories.
With the non-league win, the Red Raiders upped their overall record to 12-1.
The Red Raiders made sure this one got taken care of quickly as Kaylee Deluga, Regan Bristol, Lynne Hibbard and Sarah Colby took turns slicing up the Brockton defense.
Deluga led the team with 15 kills while both Hibbard and Bristol chipped in with six kills apiece and Colby knocked down four kills.
Bentivegna and Crook were two-way standouts for the Red Raiders as Bentivegna came through with 12 points at the service line and 10 digs and Crook delivered 11 points and four aces from the service line, handed out 19 assists and did her part defensively with 12 digs.
Unbeaten No More
Two teams went in with unbeaten records and only visiting Frontier Regional came out the same way as the Red Hawks from South Deerfield, handed the Red Raiders the 3-2 loss at the BHS gym last Friday.
A packed house was treated to tournament-caliber play from both teams but in the end, it was the Red Raiders inability to find their collective groove from the service line that allowed the visitors to take home the win.
Extended rallies and booming hits were the order of the day on both sides of the net as the Red Hawks prevailed 19-25, 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 15-11.
After the Red Raiders used a late scoring burst to win the opener, the Red Hawks stormed back behind their big hitters, Katie Daniels and Cassidy Stankowski (a combined 49 kills), and won the next two games.
In the fourth game, the Red Hawks were looking to land the KO punch while the Red Raiders were doing their darnedest to keep the match going. After the teams traded points through the early going, the Red Hawks opened up a 20-17 lead only to have Colby give her team the winning edge when she delivered a pair of kills and the game-deciding ace in the Red Raiders come-from-behind win.
Game 5 was another tug-of-war as the teams traded points until the visitors got a pair of kills and a tip-in from Stankowski to wrap up the victory.
Leading Red Raiders on the night were Deluga with 19 kills and two blocks, Carolyn Morin with 10 kills, Colby with eight kills and 14 digs, Bristol with five kills and three blocks, Hibbard with four kills and three blocks, Crook with 37 assists and 21 digs and Bentivegna with 13 service points, 33 digs and 36 serves received.
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