Barnstable girls’ volleyball is back on top

Two words describe the Barnstable girls’ volleyball season: nearly perfect. The Red Raiders (7-0) have a 28-game win streak going back to last year’s state title season, allowing only one set loss this season. So, they’re back at No. 1.

Melrose and Newton North fill the next two spots with the Red Raiders (9-0) having edged out two ranked teams (Reading and Arlington Catholic). The Tigers (8-0) are on the ballot with a win over Brookline.

Arlington Catholic’s only loss this season has been to Melrose, adding it to the mix. Big playmakers to watch this season are Reading, Lynnfield, rivals North Quincy and Quincy and Notre Dame of Hingham.

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Notre Dame (H) is making this week’s list because of the Cougars stellar performances against three top teams: Medfield, Barnstable, and Case. Not only did the Cougars knock out the Division 3 state finalist Cardinals, but the team snatched two sets from Medfield and served Barnstable its only set loss of the season, something to be said of the emerging competitor.