West-Mather Breaks 1,000 Assists but Brockton Derails Red Raiders

HYANNIS – He only needed one.

Heading into Monday night’s boys’ volleyball battle with the Brockton Boxers, Barnstable senior co-captain Harrison West-Mather had 999 career assists and needed just over a minute to nail his career 1,000th. He became the 10th Red Raider in school history to reach the career milestone.

Barnstable High's Harrison West-Mather (10) sets up Donnie Mach for an assist in last night's 3-2 loss to Brockton. West-Mather reached the 1,000-assists career milestone in the loss. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Barnstable High’s Harrison West-Mather (10) sets up Donnie Mach for an assist in last night’s 3-2 loss to Brockton. West-Mather reached the 1,000-assists career milestone in the loss.
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But over an hour later, the visiting Brockton High boys pulled out a comeback win after dropping the first two sets, and defeated the host Red Raiders, 3-2, inside the sweltering Hyannis gymnasium.

Barnstable won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-23, but Brockton swept the next three sets to pull out the victory. The Boxers won 25-20, 25-20 and 13-5 to leave the hosts at 9-5 on the season.

West-Mather finished the night with 49 total assists – one of his career game high marks – but still it was not enough to stave off the talented Brockton squad.

“They ran out of gas,” Barnstable head coach Marylou Martin said. “Part of it is discipline. Brockton has a great setter who was able to balance things out and we just couldn’t stop him.”

To go along with his 49 assists, West-Mather tacked on eight digs. Fellow senior co-captain Donnie Mach turned in 22 kills and had 17 defensive digs – a superlative number – and junior co-captain Scott Sawyer Jr. matched the 6’5” Mach pound for pound and then some. Sawyer finished the night with 25 kills and 18 digs.

Coach Martin was quick to point out that Matt Teague turned in a solid effort on defense as well.

“We just couldn’t adjust,” Martin said.

Barnstable's Scott Sawyer Jr. had 25 kills and 18 digs in the 3-2 loss to Brockton last night. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports Photos

Barnstable’s Scott Sawyer Jr. had 25 kills and 18 digs in the 3-2 loss to Brockton last night.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports Photos

Barnstable welcomes Greater New Bedford Voke tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13) in what should prove to be a real test for the Red Raiders who need just one more one to reach 10 for the spring. Barnstable is 9-5 on the season.

— 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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