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SKANEATELES — While Skaneateles had trouble stringing together points, Westhill kept putting together runs.

The Lakers gave up a 12-point run in the second game and the Warriors scored eight straight early in the third, as the Skaneateles volleyball team fell to Westhill, 3-0, at Skaneateles High School Thursday. The final set scores were 25-15, 25-11 and 25-18.

"We had a lead in that second game, but it's tough to get by their big three servers," Lakers coach Dan Mulroy said. "They go Mackenzie (Martin), Montanna (Gedney) and Sara (Galante). Those three bang, bang, bang. You work so hard to side one of them out, and then if they get the serve back, there's another one you have to work just as hard to side them out. Then they have another to throw at you. It becomes tough."

Jessica Patalino recorded eight digs, six kills, three blocks, three aces and an assist for Skaneateles. Maeve Canty added 10 kills, seven digs, five blocks and an assist, while Lily Delasin finished with 13 assists, four digs, a kill and a block.

"They've just been playing out of their mind lately," Mulroy said pf Patalino and Canty. "It's very fun to watch them with how they're going, and obviously they wouldn't have those opportunities without Lily Delasin, another returner. Those three have been awesome this year."

Westhill got off to a fast start in the first game by taking the first five points. Skaneateles battled back to within two, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 25-15 loss.

The teams traded the lead three times early in the second game, but the Warriors turned a 5-4 deficit into a commanding 16-5 lead with a 12-point run and cruised to a 25-11 victory in the second set.

Westhill started strong again in the third set by taking eight of the first nine points and kept Skaneateles from building any momentum to complete the sweep, 25-18.

"We beat ourselves a little bit," Mulroy said. "We would work hard and side (the big three) out, and then miss a serve. That just gives them the ball back to one of the big three and it's hard to gain any momentum that way."

The Lakers had a senior-heavy lineup last season and graduated 10 student-athletes. With only four returners, Skaneateles has had to have other players step into key roles.

"We have seniors that gained a lot of experience last year in JV that have been able to step in this year and play an important defensive role for us," Mulroy said. "As far as the team outlook goes, we've had a tough four games. We've played (Jamesville-DeWitt), Central Square, Caz and now Westhill. We've been put through the ringer these first four games.

"We won the first two, we put up a good fight and could have had that game against Caz and we showed flashes of playing well this game. It's those extended serving runs that we couldn't prevent."

Skaneateles (2-2) continues a stretch of five home games to open the season when they welcome Jordan-Elbridge on Tuesday.

"It feels like we've been here all summer long and we haven't left at all really. It feels like one summer session, especially with the heat," Mulroy said. "I'm looking forward to going somewhere that might have air conditioning because it's been pretty hot in here."

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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