Vestaburg spoils Montabella volleyball’s ‘Dig Pink’ night

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:42 pm on Friday, October 14, 2011

Vestaburg’s Ryalee Dove, left, hits an attack at the attempted block of Montabella’s Sarah Ranney during the first game of the two teams’ match Tuesday night.

BLANCHARD – Montabella’s volleyball team celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their own pink game, but Vestaburg did all the celebrating.
The Wolverines kept the Mustangs winless on the season after a 25-11, 25-23, 25-16 win Tuesday night.

Montabella coach Corrin Simon thought the special night may have had something to do with the team’s lackluster performance.

“I thought the girls were much more excited but I think it got to their heads and thought it would be easy,” Simon said.

Vestaburg coach Lynn Van Sickler didn’t quite like what he saw out of his Wolverines (14-12-3, 4-1).

“I didn’t think we played our best, actually,” Van Sickler said. “We played just well enough to win. I don’t know if that’s good.”

Vestaburg got on an early run in the first game, getting off to a 12-4 lead before Montabella (0-8, 0-5) made a run back. But that run fizzled quickly.

“My girls’ main problem is communication,” Simon said. “If they’re not communicating they can’t play well. They run into each other, they take balls that are not theirs.”

The early part of game two was the same, but the Mustangs were able to get the game to 23-23 with a late run.

“The girls got more aggressive and communicated much, much, much better,” Simon said.

“We weren’t passing the ball and setting it up,” Van Sickler said. “We’re a power team and we need to hit the ball. So we need a good up to the setter and hit the ball and we weren’t doing that.”

But the third game was the same as the first.

“I think the girls became more focused,” Van Sickler said. “The girls wanted to finish it in three. They didn’t want to let it go four.”

“We started out well,” Simon said. “They (Montabella) were communicating and playing aggressively. Then they made a couple of mistakes, got frustrated, stopped communicating and it went downhill.”

The winners were led by Emma Schuch with 14 kills and three aces. Jackie Gostomski added 29 assists and four blocks and Lauren Bissell made a team-high 15 digs.

The Mustangs got five kills from Allie Ball and four more from Sarah Ranney. Melissa Allen had 15 digs and Kayla Lacroix.

Montabella is off until next Tuesday when they go to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, who is undefeated in the Mid-State Activities Conference. Vestaburg, who is a game behind the Irish, will host a nonconference game against Central Montcalm Thursday.

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