SKANEATELES — Skaneateles took the momentum early in the first set and never let it go.
The Lakers took quick leads in each set and didn't allow the Eagles to go on a run for more than three points all night, as the Skaneateles volleyball team swept Syracuse Institute of Technology, 3-0, at Skaneateles High School Tuesday.
The Lakers won the first two sets 25-13, and closed out the match with a 23-10 victory in the third set.
"In practice we constantly talk about how volleyball is a game of momentum and we want to cut down any of our opponents' opportunities to get momentum," Skaneateles coach Dan Mulroy said. "We had some extended runs, which was nice and kept the momentum on our side."
The Lakers' Cassidy Pitman recorded seven assists, three aces and a pair of kills and digs. Lily Delasin added six assists, three aces and a dig, while Maeve Candy tallied five assists, four kills and an ace.
Jessica Patalino registered four aces and three kills, while Mia Grasso finished with four kills, a pair of aces and assists, a block and a dig.
Mulroy was able to show off his team's depth, with all but one of his athletes playing in multiple sets.
"We're a deep team, and I feel comfortable going to any one of our 14 players," said Mulroy, whose team is 5-0 to start the season. "We're a very solid all-around team at this point. Hopefully we keep playing that way and extend this winning streak deep in the season."
The Lakers jumped out to a four-point lead in the first set, and after the Eagles briefly tied the score at 5-5, Skaneateles took 14 of the next 18 points to prompt a Syracuse IT timeout. The Lakers finished strong to take the set 25-13.
Syracuse IT began the second set with a 3-1 lead, but Skaneateles quickly retook control by going on a 10-2 run and went on to win the middle stanza 25-13.
The Lakers continued to cruise in the third set. Skaneateles went up 16-4 before a Syracuse IT timeout and closed out the match by taking the third set 25-10.
For Mulroy, his team picked up the win and was also able to hit a series of goals he set out for them.
"I asked for a certain amount of assists and kills," Mulroy said. "I wanted us to cut down on our missed serves. We missed quite a few ... and that's something we know we have to work on tomorrow."
Only five games into the season, Mulroy likes the makeup of his team, which has a large core of seniors.
"What stands out to me is our leadership," Mulroy said. "We have 10 seniors out of the 14 on the roster. It's nice to have the years of experience the 10 seniors have, plus we have junior Jessica Patalino, who has been here since she was a freshman. There's a lot of experience out there and it's really showing."
Having that many seniors also means increased expectations for the Lakers.
"These guys know that this is a big year for us," Mulroy said. "We know the time is now with them. This is what they've been playing for all these years to gear up for their senior seasons."
Skaneateles (5-0) continues its 2017 campaign when it hosts Solvay on Thursday.
"We've gone five (sets) with them each time we've played them during the season," Mulroy said of the past couple years. "We're expecting a long game and a good game on Thursday."