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in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances all around, but mostly for the Lions.

Se­nior mid­dle blocker Allie Har­ris paced all play­ers with 14 kills and 10 blocks, while se­nior out­side hit­ter Kelly Ca­vanagh stuffed the stat sheet with 10 kills, 13 digs, five blocks and five aces. Par­sons posted 18 digs, class­mate Syd­ney Fenex added six kills and six blocks while sopho­more out­side hit­ter Caitlin Pfeif­fer also reg­is­tered six kills.

Ju­nior set­ter Hai­ley Stallings was in the mid­dle of the ac­tion all match, notch­ing a ro­bust 27 as­sists.

“We picked up a lot of balls, and we were able to cap­i­tal­ize on that and put the ball on the ground,” Re­menter-Betts said.

For Kent Is­land (3-2, 1-2), ju­nior mid­dle hit­ter Victoria Jens led the way with four kills, while sopho­more out­side hit­ter Lily Golem­beski (three aces) and se­nior mid­dle hit­ter Ca­t­rina Coyner added three kills each. Se­nior Bucs set­ter Jenny Hous­ton col­lected eight as­sists and a teambest four aces.

Out­side of the eight­point loss in the sec­ond set, the Bucs fought their way through three other, tough sets, but head coach Pa­trick Hop­kins rued the team’s gen­eral lapses in fun­da­men­tals and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“We’re mak­ing too many mis­takes,” Hop­kins said. “and once we start cor­rect­ing those we can make a run. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been a lit­tle lack­ing the whole sea­son, it’s been an Achilles heel for us. Ev­ery day in prac­tice, it’s a con­stant bat­tle for it.”

Queen Anne’s built upon the 8-1 start to the fourth set mid­way through, when Golem­beski hit a shot into the net for a 20-12 Lions bulge. A 7-4 spurt by Kent Is­land closed the gap to 2419, but a Har­ris kill off a Stallings set clinched it.

Re­menter-Betts urged her team along dur­ing the slug­gish third set, but after pulling ahead 20-16 on a block plus the kill by Fenex, the Lions with­ered, while the Bucs hard­ened.

The 9-1 Kent Is­land flour­ish be­gan in­nocu­ously enough, as Ca­vanagh launched a serve into the net. Golem­beski took over serve and reeled off seven straight points, high­lighted by two aces and a Coyner kill at the fin­ish of a long point.

Queen Anne’s tem­po­rar­ily stunted the mo­men­tum when Golem­beski served into the net to make it 2321, Bucs, but an Alyssa Sofi­nowski kill and a hit out by the Lions ended the set at 25-21.

“It’s tak­ing a long time to get out of the box, but once we got out of the box, we were able to make a run,” Hop­kins said. “I’m proud of the way we played, but we can’t keep spot­ting nine, 10 points and then com­ing back.

“Once they re­al­ized they had noth­ing to lose, they were ready to play,” Hop­kins added.

Locked in a 20-18 bat­tle in the first set, Queen Anne’s pulled it out with a 7-2 fin­ish, a Har­ris ace and a Ca­vanagh kill off a Stallings as­sist cap­ping the ex­cit­ing opener.

The Lions were crisp in their ro­ta­tions and con­fi­dently called out shots at the on­set, and the sec­ond set pro­duced a 7-1 start out of the gates, and a mod­est, but con­sis­tent 9-5 rally to push Queen Anne’s ahead two games.

“This is the best game I’ve seen my girls play,” Re­menter-Betts said. “The en­ergy was su­per tonight, and as long as they can main­tain that, I think we can do some re­ally good things sea­son.”

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