Mount Anthony swept by Lenox
Lenox won the sets 25-19, 25-19 and then 25-7.
Mount Anthony came out of the blocks quickly after a pair of aces from Emilie O'Brien to take a 6-1 lead before Lenox took a timeout to regroup.
The stoppage paid dividends immediately as Lenox tied the game at 9-9 and MAU called time.
Lenox went on another run to pull ahead to 16-11 before MAU pulled within two at 20-18 after a service error. But that was as close as the Patriots would come as Kyanna Black finished the game with an ace and the win.
"[Kyanna's] skill is so strong, she's good at reading the defense as well," said Lenox coach Bessena Cabe. "She can place the ball where she wants it."
Defensively, O'Brien had five digs, while Danielle Moscarello had eight digs and two blocks for Mount Anthony.
The second set went back and forth, neither team able to get more than a two-point lead early on. A three-point run gave MAU a 13-9 lead, but Lenox scored the next six straight to retake the advantage.
An Amber Metcalfe kill stopped the run and eventually Mount Anthony tied the game at 16-16, but Lenox finished the set on a 9-3 run, including the final six in a row to win the second set.
Metcalfe had five kills to lead the Patriots.
Things went south quickly in the third set for Mount Anthony. Down 4-3 in the third, Lenox went on a 11-1 run, with top notch serving from Kristin Miller making it 15-4 before MAU took a timeout.
"We talked about being consistent on the serve and placing the ball, and we found a weakness in their serve and receive game, which led to good results," Cabe said.
The Patriots struggled to get any rhythm going in the final set as Lenox finished off a 25-7 victory.
"We get into points where we're not talking and we get in a rut and make mistakes," said Mount Anthony coach Stephanie Perna. "You have to shake it off and go to the next point, but it can't be one [bad] point four times in a row."
Lenox is 6-3, while Mount Anthony is still looking for its first win of the year. But things are looking bright for the Patriots, as they took Taconic to five sets on Friday.
"They proved they can do it, they are great athletes," Perna said. "It's just a matter of having the confidence. They know how to do it all, but it's about putting it all together."
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