Lenox sweeps Mount Anthony in straight sets
BENNINGTON — Given the Mount Anthony volleyball team's location in the state, in most cases more than 100 miles away from the Metro region teams, the Patriots have a schedule filled with high level Berkshire county opponents.
MAU ran into another one of those strong programs Monday night against Lenox and came out on the losing end, 3-0 at Kates Gym.
Lenox won by set scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-14.
The Patriots made runs throughout the match, but the Millionaires were always quick to thwart those opportunities with a longer run of their own.
MAU grabbed an early advantage in the first set, but Lenox rattled off a string of points to grab a lead and didn't look back on its way to a comfortable first set win.
The Millionaires did the same in the second set, going up 20-9 at one point, before Patriots coach Stephanie Perna called a timeout.
In moments where she sees the girls getting down on themselves, those breaks are important to remind the team to play their game.
"When we call timeout, we know that they're frustrated on the court," Perna said. "You can see their emotions are different. I just say get back to focusing on volleyball and bring it back together. Just hustle and talk, I tell them simple things like that."
Following the timeout, MAU strung together a string of points to narrow the deficit, before Lenox eventually pulled out the set win.
The Millionaires jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third and final set, but MAU responded well. Senior Savannah Jones came up to serve and the Patriots put together six consecutive points.
"It was great that Savannah pulled us out of that," Perna said.
After Lenox came back with its own run, senior Emilie O'Brien did well on her serves to bring the Patriots back into the set.
O'Brien had three aces and nine digs in the match. Gabby Beal had 10 digs, five assists and two kills, while Ari Douglas had five digs, three kills and two blocks.
Senior captain Kayanna Black had 19 kills to lead the Millionaires, while Kristin Miller had 10 kills and six aces.
Even in a losing effort, the Patriots more than held their own. Perna and the coaching staff likes what this group is bringing to the table.
"We've been working really hard at working as a team and there are a lot of drills that we do that just focus on the fundamentals," Perna said. "They're listening to us and playing as a team this year. That's all it takes."
MAU drops to 0-3 on the season and plays Lee on the road Thursday night.
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