3D0A1811_CPThe volleyball team led a spectacular fall season for DHS girls’ athletics by finishing its regular season undefeated at 18-0 in just its third season as a varsity sport.

After shutting out Rockland 3-0, the Lady Dragons notched their 12th shutout of the season by polishing off Pembroke in their final home game of the regular season before heading into the playoffs where they could be seeded No. 1.

 

Playing most of her roster versus Pembroke, Duxbury jumped out to a first-set win (25-16) over the Titans. It was all downhill after that, as Coach Pam Thomas’ squad displayed its all-around talents in wearing down its Patriot League rival in the final two sets.

After holding leads of 4-3 and 6-5 in the second set, Duxbury managed to increase its lead to 10-6, prompting a timeout from Pembroke. When the break was over the Titans were faced with the rocket serves of Duxbury star Mackenzie Bright, who launched a series of unreturnable serves to put Duxbury ahead, 14-7.

The Titans rallied with three straight points to narrow the deficit to 14-10, sending a signal for the Lady Dragons to step it up. They did instantly, reeling off five straight points for a 19-10 lead.

Senior Madi Garrity would deliver a crushing kill to make it 21-12, putting a damper on Pembroke's chances for the rest of the afternoon. The Titans called a senseless timeout at 24-12, only to drop the second set, 25-13. 

A deflated Titan team seemed to have little interest in the third set, as Bright's bullet serves had Duxbury in front 6-0. An Emma Bartlett Kill made it 11-1 and Pembroke called timeout when the lead grew to 14-1. 

The pause in the action had little effect, as leads grew to 20-4 and 23-6, before the lady Dragons ended their regular season schedule with a 25-7 third-set win. 

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While an 18-0 record may have surprised the volleyball community, Coach Pam Thomas was extremely confident that her 2013 team would be strong. 

"The team looked good at the end of last year and I knew they would be working on getting better prepared for this year," said Thomas. "It's one more year of playing volleyball and getting that increased volleyball IQ. We were good at the beginning of the year, but now it's just find tuning and paying attention to the details."