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 team-best 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 24-19, 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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