BLANCHARD — Montabella’s volleyball team celebrated breast cancer awareness month, but Vestaburg was the one doing the final celebrating.
The Wolverines swept the Mustangs in a Mid-State Activities Conference match Tuesday by scores of 25-13, 27-25, 26-24.
Yet Vestaburg coach Brian Davis didn’t think his team played all that well.
“I feel we backed into the win,” Davis said. “We should have came out stronger.”
The Wolverines (11-18-3, 4-1) had no problems going through Montabella (1-19, 0-6) in the first game.
“We seemed to serve well,” Davis said. “That dictated the offense we got into.”
“The first game was rough,” Montabella coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “I thought we were hyped up about breast cancer awareness.”
However the Mustangs jumped up early on Vestaburg, getting out to a 12-6 lead.
“I thought if our girls made a mistake they kept their spirits up,” Jankowsky said.
“The difference was we weren’t passing on the serve receive,” Davis said. “And I believe they (Montabella) served well.”
However the Wolverines closed the gap to one at 17-16, forcing Montabella to call a timeout. Eventually the game got to 22-22 before Vestaburg won it in extra points.
“Once we decided to get serious we moved our feet,” Davis said. “Once we dug the game came back to us.”
Montabella got out to 6-0 lead in the third game, but a 14-4 run by the Wolverines forced Jankowsky to call a timeout.
“They (Montabella) caught us right off the bat,” Davis said. “It took some time to get good digs.”
Eventually Montabella got the game back to a 22-19 lead, but a 4-1 run by Vestaburg tied the game at 23, and won it from there.
Jankowsky said the third game was “very similar” to the second.
“I think we need more volleyball playing time,” Jankowsky said. “We need too get more in the gym. We need to learn to win.”
Vestaburg got nine kills from Micki Drumm and 28 assists from Emily Palmer.
The Mustangs were led by Sarah Ranney with four kills. Kayla LaCroix dished out 11 assists and Melissa Allen made 12 digs.
Both teams will continue MSAC play next Tuesday. Vestaburg will host Coleman while Montabella hosts Ashley.