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Pats take two from Alcovy on volleyball court

After a slow start, the Heritage volleyball pulled away from a local rival Thursday.

The Patriots used a strong service game to erase an early five-point lead and win game one, then cruised to a victory in game two in a 2-0 triumph over Alcovy.

The visiting Tigers jump out to an 8-3 lead in the opener with strong service of their own as Aaliyah Goode had two aces and Tashiyanna Gamble added one of her own. Heritage scored the next seven points with Mycah Boland, who along with several teammates uses an effective jump-serve, securing two of the Patriots’ 10 match aces and it was a 10-8 lead.

Alcovy got to within one point on three separate occasions, but McKenzie Boland picked up three consecutive aces and it was a 17-12 cushion. The Tigers made it a three-point game at 17-14 on Desiree Leverette’s ace, but the Patriots lead never got any lower in a 25-18 victory.

Game two was tight briefly, but after a Heritage error pulled Alcovy to within 5-4, McKenzie Boland had three of her four aces and all three of her kills during a 16-4 run that put the Patriots in control at 21-8.

Brianna Dafney, who had a strong night with seven kills, finished off the 25-10 win with three kills down the stretch, including a spike off a feed from McKenzie Boland that sealed the match.