Mount Everett Sweeps Mount Anthony in Impressive Fashion

By Stephen Sports
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. -- No one could have foreseen the Mount Everett volleyball team playing a nearly perfect set of volleyball to clinch Saturday’s sweep of Mount Anthony Union.
But Eagles coach Parker Snyder did see her team’s first win nearing on the horizon.
“Last night made our fourth game where we went to five sets, so we really were waiting on this win today,” she said after Mount Everett won, 25-17, 25-13, 25-1. “They deserved it. They’ve been working hard, and they finally played like a team today.”
Kelly Krom led the Eagles with nine kills. Shira Sawyer served up six aces, and Nadia Makuc and Alexis Atwood had five aces apiece.
Sawyer served the game’s last 16 points, putting away the match with an ace.
Only a service error by Atwood on her ninth serve to open the set stood between Mount Everett and a rare 25-0 win.
“I looked over and said, ‘Did they only rotate once?’ “ said Snyder, who earned her first win as a varsity coach. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s awesome. I’m very proud of these girls.
“I went to Mount Everett, and I played here. It’s awesome to give back and be here and take over.”
Although the Saturday matinee ended in a runaway, the Patriots were right there with Mount Everett in the early going.
In the first set, the Eagles build a 16-9 lead, but Mount Anthony responded with four straight points, the last an ace from Anna Hogan, to get within three.
It was just a four-point margin late when Mason Billert put away a kill for MAU to make it 21-17.
But Mount Everett got a sideout on the next point and captain Nadia Makuc served out the set, the final point put away by Atwood.
“The first set was very competitive,” Snyder said. “It was kind of neck and neck at the beginning. A lot of my seniors really stepped up along with Caroline [Haiss] our setter. The second set, they had to fight for it as well, but they really pulled through.”
Makuc took control of the second set midway through, going to the service line with the Eagles up, 11-8.
By the time she was done, it was a 19-9 margin, and Mount Everett never looked back.
“She kept us going,” Snyder said. “She kept it alive. And she really took over in her captain position.”
Mount Everett is on the road Wednesday to face Taconic.
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