BLANCHARD — Montabella’s volleyball team got their first win of the season Thursday night, and it had a single theme according to coach Jordann Jankowsky.
“We never gave up,” she said.
The Mustangs (1-12) notched their first win in difficult fashion, needing five games to knock off the Evart Wildcats 25-19, 16-25, 25-17, 24-26, 15-11.
“It feels good,” Jankowsky said about finally getting her first win as varsity volleyball coach. “The girls worked so hard for it and it feels amazing.”
Montabella ran off 11 of the first 12 points of the first game, then hung on to get the win.
But a quick lead by the Wildcats (0-10) in the second game helped them even the match.
“I told them not to give up and keep playing,” Jankowsky said. “Don’t let that one bad mistake ruin us and just keep going.”
The third game saw the Mustangs gain some confidence with the defense, as they were able to take badly deflected balls and keep them in play, usually for a point.
“The girls (Montabella) just never gave up,” Jankowsky said. “They just kept going and knew they could do it.”
Both teams kept a tight third game until it was 15-14 Mustangs. Montabella went on a 10-3 run to win that game.
The Mustangs had a big lead in the fourth game, getting out to a 17-11 lead at one point. But the Wildcats scored six straight to tie, finally winning it in extra points to force the final game.
But the Mustangs outlasted Evart, turning a tie game into a three-point lead midway through and holding on for the win.
“They (Montabella) started feeling that little bug that they were going to win,” Jankowsky said. “They started feeling that and they wanted it so bad. The girls just kept working, kept moving the entire time and it was teamwork the entire time.”
Sarah Ranney led the Mustangs with six kills and Taylor Hutson added five. Melissa Allen led in aces with eight and digs with eight.
Kayla Lacroix finished with 21 assists on the night.
The Mustangs will get back into action Saturday when they go to the Beal City Invitational.