The Barnstable volleyball team gave the fans at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center a sneak peek into this year’s hopeful run at another state title on Monday night.
Sweeping Dennis-Yarmouth in straight sets, 25-15 and 25-18, Barnstable White proved worthy of their No. 1 seed by capturing the 2019 HYCC Summer Volleyball League title.
During the regular season, Barnstable captured 14 victories and a total of 350 points, while the second-seeded Dolphins of D-Y had 11 victories and 328 points.
Ironically, Dennis-Yarmouth led early in both sets, but the Barnstable girls soon built up some momentum thanks to the outstanding serves of Josie Deluga and Shea Johnson, and some great front work from Lauren Ogonowsky, Dorian Funk and Sophie Strock.
With a series of digs and sets from Caroline Lewis, Vanessa Jones and Phoebe Gibson and Emily Mulcahy, Barnstable overtook the Dolphins en route to victory.
In the first set, D-Y got out to a 7-6 lead before Barnstable answered with six consecutive points to go up 12-7. The serving of Deluga was instrumental in the comeback.
“We do a lot of serving in our (high school) practices,” said senior Deluga. “That’s an area I do a lot of work on.”
The Dolphins closed to within 15-11 but would get no closer in the first game.
D-Y also held a lead of 8-3 early into the second game, but Shea Johnson made seven consecutive serves leading to points and a sizable 18-10 Barnstable advantage.
“We were down a few points in both games,” explained senior Ogonowsky, “but we stepped up, and we tried to keep the energy level high and took the lead.”
Having the opportunity to play throughout the summer has given the players the chance to get to know the strengths of their teammates.
“We’ve all played volleyball for a long time and have been a part of the program for a long time,” said Lewis. “I think we all know that now it’s our time to step up and become leaders for our team.”
“It’s a fun league because we get the feel of how we’re going to be once the season begins,” Deluga added. “We get the chance to develop some camaraderie for the upcoming season.”
Each of the girls noted the responsibility as leaders put on them by coach Tom Turco, and the same attitude is present during the summer league.
“Everyone on the team is a leader, we know that,” said Lewis. “We all just stay focused and work together. We know we have some holes to fill, but we’ve all worked hard over the summer training, so we’re looking forward to the season.”
The league has also allowed the upperclassmen the opportunity to work with the up-and-coming players who will likely fill in some of the slots in the season ahead.
“It’s a chance for us to all come together as a team and prepare for the season,” said Ogonowsky. “I know I always looked up to the varsity players when I was younger, and I think they do the same with us. It’s nice to be in that role now.”
D-Y takes JV title
Barnstable battled D-Y for the JV division title last night as well. D-Y started off slow, losing the first set against a young Barnstable team that looked poised 13-25.
The second match stayed close, then D-Y pulled away after an 8-1 run, taking the second set 25-15. The deciding set was as close as can be, tied at 14, but D-Y was able to squeak out the final 2 points and take the title 16-14.
“I want to take a moment and thank all the players, parents, coaches, staff and fans for a great season,” said Mark Boardley, HYCC manager. “Big thanks to Bill Riley for donating his time to officiate and games last night, and also Tom Turco for all he does in helping.”
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