MIAA Playoffs: Barnstable Volleyball Takes Care of Wellesley

WELLESLEY – Avenging last year’s first-round postseason loss with a 3-1 win over host Wellesley Thursday night, the Barnstable High Red Raiders volleyball team (11-8) advanced in the MIAA South Sectionals for the first time since 2011.

Barnstable High defeated Wellesley last night in the opening round of the MIAA South Sectionals on the road. Photo courtesy of  Marylou Martin

Barnstable High defeated Wellesley last night in the opening round of the MIAA South Sectionals on the road.
Photo courtesy of Marylou Martin

Senior co-captain Harrison West Mather – who two weeks ago reached the career 1,000-assists milestone – turned in his usual top-shelf performance with 38 assists in the victory.

Fellow senior co-captain Donnie Mach added 15 kills to the effort and Red Raider junior co-captain Scott Sawyer Jr. led the way with 25 kills.

“They played hard tonight and ran a well-executed offense,” said Barnstable head coach Marylou Martin.

But at the outset of the match, it appeared as if the Red Raiders might suffer the same first-round fate that Wellesley handed them last season at this time when the hosts took the first set 25-16.

But Barnstable didn’t believe that it could happen again and under Mach and Sawyer’s leadership the Red Raiders staged three straight victories, 25-20, 27-25 and 25-12.

“It was a well set up offense,” Coach Martin said.

Barnstable advances to Monday night’s quarterfinals against Newton South which will be played at Newton North High School.

— 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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