It’s been a saga for the Bourne High School volleyball team over the past few weeks, and the Canalmen are hoping that it is one with a happy ending. After having to sit out for the past week the team should return to play this week and will be involved in the Southcoast Conference tournament after all. Bourne’s quarterfinal league tourney game has been pushed to Monday, May 3, at 6 PM at the BHS gym.
“I’m glad that it is happening because our seniors never even got a senior night. Now they will get one,” head coach Dave Moore said.
Bourne’s four seniors are Jillian Orth, Kiely O’Connor, Sophia Amaral and Isabella DiPaolo. The foursome will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before the team takes on Apponequet High School in the tournament quarters.
Should Bourne win that game, they will return to action on Wednesday, May 5, with a game against the winner between No. 2 Case and No. 7 Dighton-Rehoboth. BHS finished its regular season with a record of 8-3 overall and 7-2 in league play.
The squad will not have much time to get back up to speed. BHS last played on April 23 and has been stuck in quarantine ever since. The team will be allowed back onto the practice floor on Sunday, May 2, which will allow just one day to prepare for their run to the tournament.
“It’s huge. I feel like our kids think that they have something to prove to these teams (that beat us). We were without Kiely (O’Connor) for the last four games, and we struggled without her. We were 1-3, but she’s going to be back and that provides a lot of leadership on the court,” coach Moore said. “It’s good to be getting another chance because that would have been a terrible way for the season to end, especially for the seniors.”
For the volleyball team this was the second time that the team has had to pause due to COVID-19 protocols. Moore said that he is thankful that the SCC found a way for the tournament to extend its dates in order to allow Bourne to participate.
“I was so disappointed (to get shut down again), but, by the grace of God, the SCC let us push things back and we’re excited to get a chance to go out and play again,” the coach said.
BHS defeated Apponequet early during the season, taking them down by a 3-0 score. Moore said that an opportunity to face Case, which is seeded No. 2, in the semifinals would be a welcomed one for his squad. BHS lost to Case in a recent match by a 3-0 score, but played that match without O’Connor in a match in which each game was close.
“We’ll see what happens. I’m just glad that we’re playing,” coach Moore said.