It was an unceremonious end for two seniors on the Bourne volleyball team.
As the Canalmen traveled to Medfield to meet the Warriors in their regular season finale on Monday, October 28, co-captains Caitlin O’Connor and Michelle Gallerani played in their final games in a purple and white uniform.
Bourne fell to Medfield, 25-9, 25-16 and 25-18 as the Warriors earned the home-and-home sweep against the Canalmen this season.
For O’Connor and Gallerani, they will leave knowing they played a big role in one of the more dominant runs in program history. They were part of back-to-back Division 3 state final runs, winning the 2018 state title. In their four years the varsity program went 75-25 and won back-to-back South Coast Conference titles—winning 34 straight SCC games from the end of the 2016 season through the 2018 season.
O’Connor, a four-year varsity member, racked up more than 250 kills, 100 service points, 45 aces, 75 blocks and 200 digs as a complete player. Gallerani, a three-year varsity player, accumulated more than 100 kills, 50 service points, 20 aces, 50 digs and 50 assists.
New Bedford 3, Bourne 0
O’Connor and Gallerani played well on Senior Night, but the Canalmen fell in straight sets to the Whalers.
Hosting New Bedford in a nonleague match on Friday, October 25, Bourne played well in defeat, losing to the Whalers 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16. O’Connor posted 10 kills while Gallerani had seven of her own. Juniors Sophia Amaral (17 digs) and Jillian Orth (21 assists) also played well.
Bourne (9-13, 7-11 SCC) did not qualify for the Division 3 South Sectional tournament. It is the first time since 2014 the Canalmen did not make the postseason.