BLANCHARD — A slow start did not effect the final outcome for the Vestaburg Wolverines.
The Wolverines trailed early in each game against the Montabella Mustangs, but still won three straight to sweep their MSAC rival on the volleyball court Tuesday night.
Vestaburg won 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 to improve its record to 3-6-5 (1-1 in league).
“I think we played pretty solid. We gave a lot better effort all the way around,” Vestaburg coach Brian Davis said. “We started attacking the ball and keeping the ball in a little more than we have recently. That helped us not to create our own errors.”
Montabella started the match with six consecutive points for a 6-0. After a Vestaburg timeout, the Wolverines went on an 8-3 run to pull within 9-8.
Vestaburg tied the score at 14-14 and took the lead for good by winning the next point.
“We played a lot better tonight than we have the last few weeks,” Montabella coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “I think we communicated and talked a lot more on the court helped. We still have to work on playing better as a team.”
The second game started a little more even, but still with a slight advantage for the Mustangs with an 8-6 lead. Vestaburg took the lead at 9-8 and cruised through game two for the win.
“We served a lot better tonight,” Davis said. “We hit the spots we were looking to hit. We actually pushed the limit with our serve and that controls the game for us.”
Game three started with Montabella opening an 8-3 advantage. Again, the Wolverines were able to make a comeback.
“It seems like lately we have been getting into the two or three point lull, but we have been able to pull ourselves out of it,” Davis said. “That has been a big change for us since the beginning of the season.”
Vestaburg went on a 11-5 run to take a 14-13 lead. They closed the match out with another 11-5 run to finish off the match and earn their first league win.
Micki Drumm led the Wolverines with eight points, Ryalee Dove had six digs and Jannelle Rons added five kills.
Montabella fell to 0-15 (0-2) with the loss. Jankowsky said her team needs to work on its defense.
“We did serve into the net a lot tonight, but it’s something we have been working on. We have been getting a few different people in there to serve,” Jankowsky said. “The biggest thing is our defense. When the other team is hitting, we have to get to our spots quicker. That’s the main thing.”
Taylor Huston had four aces and three digs for Montabella. Meagan Lumbert added 12 assists, Ragen Krampe six kills and Maddie Karcher four kills.
Vestaburg is at Marion on Thursday and at the Northwood Institute Invitational on Saturday. Montabella is off until Tuesday when they travel to Fulton.