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couldn’t get into a rhythm. Our servere­ceive broke down a cou­ple times, and if you don’t have a good first con­tact on the ball it’s hard to gen­er­ate your of­fense. That first con­tact drives the play, so I think our serv­ing hurts us and our serve-re­ceive hurt us.”

Game 3 was equally as com­pet­i­tive as the se­cond game. The Lions took the largest lead, 10-6, on a bump re­turn into an open spot by Alyssa Sofi­nowski. That scor­ing gap closed quickly with only a one- or two-point dif­fer­en­tial the rest of the game. Kylie Tu­low­it­sky scored with back-to-back win­ners to put Queen Anne’s ahead 21-20. That lead grew to 23-20 as Aryelle Miles put down a re­turn at the net and Sofi­nowski served an ace. The game ended on the long­est rally of the even­ing, a crowd-thrilling show of ath­leti­cism by both teams that ended with Stallings send­ing the ball into an open space for the home team’s lone vic­tory.

“Some­times we got a lit­tle tired. We didn’t play our spots and we al­lowed the team to keep climb­ing back into the game,” Hop­kins said. “We were not play­ing our de­fen­sive spot and we were not play­ing till the whis­tle. Some­times we were think­ing the ball was dead, and then we would give up, and then the ball would come right back at us.”

Queen Anne’s kept its mo­men­tum briefly in Game 4 and took a 4-2 lead as the Bucs looked un­nerved. But they re­bounded, and a 12-3 run, which in­cluded a five-point serv­ing streak by Son­n­eveldt, put them com­fort­ably ahead the rest of the way.

“We came into this game very stressed but very con­fi­dent though,” Hanks said. “I’m very proud of the way we played. We came into the game know­ing what we wanted to do — one pass up, hit it over the net, just kill every ball we hit.”

In suc­ces­sion, a hit­ting er­ror, a fail­ure to re­turn serve, a carry vi­o­la­tion, and an­other hit­ting er­ror by the Lions helped give Kent Is­land a 13-7 lead in the fi­nal game. Golem­beski and Markya Lovett com­bined for a block to make it 14-7. Blum later closed the game with her jump serve for two points. The Lions bumped the serve-re­ceive too close to the net and couldn’t send the ball back for the first point and Blum sent an ace in front of Queen Anne’s back line to end it.

“Their libero had a fan­tas­tic match,” Betts said. “She was all over the court. I think Kent Is­land moves very well. They’re quick, which is def­i­nitely a plus on de­fense. We’ll see them again.”

Tay­lor Walls had 10 kills and Tisher had eight for the Lions. Sofi­nowski had 11 digs and Caitlin Pfeif­fer and Miles each has 10. Stallings pro­vided 21 as­sists.

“It was very com­pet­i­tive. It pushed us to our limit,” Hop­kins said. “They forced us to play our best game. I think this was the best game we played all year.”

GIRLS’ SOC­CER (3-2, 3-0). Claire Schultz added a pair of as­sists, and Lily Dixon and Alyssa Or­lin­ski had one as­sist apiece. Goalies Madi Banks and Cara Cu­nane split the goalie du­ties and did not have to make a save.

WORTON — Ri­ley Napier had five goals and Abby Blan­chard scored twice to fuel the Lions (5-1, 2-1).

Me­gan Ma­jchrzak (as­sist) and Jes­sica Wright each scored a goal, and Shan­non Donovan and Ryleigh Jor­dan had one as­sist apiece for Queen Anne’s County.

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