Carson City-Crystal rolls past league rival Montabella


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 12:46 pm on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Tori Christiansen, right, goes for a kill while Montabella’s Allie Ball attempts to block the shot. The Eagles won in straight sets.

CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal volleyball team used an all-around solid effort to remain undefeated in league play.

The Eagles (13-5-8, 3-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-17 Mid-State Athletic Conference win over rival Montabella on Tuesday night at home. They remain perfect in the MSAC more than halfway through league play.

“I think we played really well,” CC-Crystal coach Megan Merlo said. “We really played together as a team and didn’t make a lot of errors.”

Montabella jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first game, but the Eagles responded with an 11-2 run to take an 11-5 advantage. They closed out the set 14-4 to win 25-11.

“The girls had their moments. They had their moments where they played good and where they struggled,” Montabella coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “If they would have communicated and hustled a lot more it would have been a different game.”

Carson City started strong in game two with a 7-0 lead and was never challenged in the game. Merlo said her team did everything really well.

“We did everything well tonight,” Merlo said. “We didn’t have any big errors and everything kind of came together.

“We’ve been playing really well recently. But there is always room for improvement. We need to stay aggressive and have good communication on the court,” she added.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tomberlee Smith lunges for a dig during Tuesday’s match at home against Montabella.

Carson City opened the third game with a 15-5 advantage before the Mustangs made a late run. Montabella got to within 16-10, but the Eagles outscored the Mustangs 9-7 to win the match.

“That was because they talked more and hustled to their spots,” Jankowsky said. “They also looked to see where the open spots on the other side of the net were. They hit those and that was nice to see.”

Jankowsky is the Mustangs’ third coach in three years. She said her team in learning and improving.

“We have been learning. A lot of learning,” Jankowsky said. “They are listening and doing the things I ask. It’s nice to see. At the beginning of the year they weren’t doing that, but we are improving now.”

Montabella is 1-12 overall and winless in the league.

Kayla Lacroix led the Mustangs with five assists, while Allie Ball had five digs.

Jaylin Fisher led the Eagles with 18 assists and three aces. Emily Ward added 15 kills and three blocks, while Tomberlee Smith had seven digs.

Carson City heads to New Lothrop on Thursday and the Mustangs are at Coleman on Tuesday.

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