BLANCHARD — The losses keep piling up for Montabella’s volleyball team.
The Mustangs lost their 7th dual match in a row Tuesday when they fell to the Ashley Bears 25-10, 25-18, 25-17.
“We just make way too many mistakes,” Montabella coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “We went back to playing the way we did in the first part of the season. The girls have to play the way we play in practice.”
The Bears (18-14-4, 4-2) were leading 15-10 in the first game but rattled off 10 straight points to close it out. Not even a timeout called by Jankowsky at 22-10 could stop the run.
“We have to pull everything together, make good passes and good hits, make smart choices during the game,” Jankowsky said.
The second game was a little closer. After the Mustangs (1-18, 0-5) called timeout trailing 11-5, they went on a 7-3 run to 15-12.
“We got up for the second game. We didn’t want to lose,” Jankowsky said. “Then we started making the bad mistakes.”
Those mistakes led to a 10-6 closing run by Ashley.
The third game saw Montabella get as close as 15-12 again, only to see a 9-4 Bear run to game point.
A microcosm of the Mustangs’ season was when the Bears won the match on a serve that went wide.
“Same thing. We just made mistakes,” Jankowsky said. “We had to pull it together and we didn’t communicate the third game at all. Our communication was bad.”
Allie Ball led the Mustangs with five kills. Kayla LaCroix had only six assists in the match. Andrea Dunn led with 11 digs, followed by Ball with 10.
Montabella will play again on Thursday at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy. It will be a triangular meet. There will be a lot of work that the Mustangs will go through before going to Big Rapids, Jankowsky noted.
“We’re going to work on passing, passing, passing,” she said. “And work on hitting.”