Barnstable Volleyball Boys Get On Winning Track With Win Over Taunton

TAUNTON – The Red Raiders sure know how to turn things around.

On the heels of the program’s first season-opening loss since 2007 to New Bedford earlier this week, the Red Raiders (1-1) received superlative if not record-setting performances from a number of its cadre of net men en route to a 3-1 victory over Taunton High Wednesday afternoon.

The Barnstable High boys' volleyball team notched its first win of the spring campaign, 3-1, over Taunton on the road Wednesday afternoon. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

The Barnstable High boys’ volleyball team notched its first win of the spring campaign, 3-1, over Taunton on the road Wednesday afternoon.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Barnstable won the first set, 25-14 and the second set, 25-21, before dropping the third set in a hotly-contested battle, 25-23. The Red Raiders came roaring back in the fourth set, 25-19, for the win.

Red Raider senior setter Harrison West-Mather totaled a career-high and school (boys) record 46 assists in the victory, while adding two kills and two aces.

Senior co-captain Donnie Mach added 17 kills and a pair of aces, while fellow co-captain Scott Sawyer put up an incredible 27 kills to go along with six digs. It was the third highest single-game career kill output for Sawyer.

“We were a little too flat,” first-year head coach Mary Lou Martin said. “But it was a good defensive effort.”

Junior outside hitter Jamie Walsh added 14 digs to the effort.

“He played great defense,” Coach Martin said. “He had a great defensive game.”

Sophomore outside hitter Sanjeev K.C. added seven digs and a pair of aces and Scott McNair, also a sophomore, tacked on eight digs and a pair of aces.

The Red Raiders are back in action Thursday (April 2) on the road against Medfield.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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