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St. Mary’s player Ava Benzan serves the ball during a volleyball match against Austin Prep at Austin Preparatory School in Reading on Tuesday night. (Item Photo: Olivia Falcigno)

St. Mary’s volleyball drops a heartbreaker to Austin Prep

The St. Mary's volleyball team grabbed the first two sets and appeared to be coasting to a victory Tuesday night, but Austin Prep had other plans. The Spartans struggled over the final three sets, eventually falling by a score of 3-2. The set scores were 25-16, 25-20, 16-25, 10-25, 13-15.

"It was definitely a frustrating way to lose, but we played well for a good portion of the match," said Spartans coach Mike McDuffee. "We were competitive in every set except the fourth one, where we just weren't in it and had a tough time. You can't take off an entire set and expect to win the match. But hats off to Austin Prep, they have a good team and they made us pay for our mistakes."

Volleyball is a game of runs, and Wednesday's match for St. Mary's was a case study in that fact. The Spartans started off hot and jumped out to a lead, handily taking the first two sets. But Austin Prep started to g…

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