BLANCHARD — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles focused on consistency, while the Montabella Mustangs worked on team communication.
In an MSAC volleyball match Tuesday night, it was the Eagles cruising to a straight set win over the Mustangs 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.
“It’s always nice to have a league win,” Eagles coach Megan Merlo said. “I thought we played really well together.”
Carson City-Crystal wasted little team showing off their skills, while jumping to a 10-3 lead in game one. The Eagles closed out game one even stronger with a 15-5 finish.
“We tried a different defense out starting yesterday (Monday), so we used that today,” Mustangs coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “Most of the girls did very well with only one day of practice on it. Serving wasn’t bad, but we really need to move our feet and communicate a lot better.”
Montabella had a quick 2-1 lead in game two, but the Eagles turned it around for an 8-2 advantage. Carson City increased its lead to 15-5, before closing out the game with a 10-5 run.
“We didn’t make a lot of errors ourselves,” Merlo said. “We didn’t make a lot of serving errors or any errors and that makes a difference.”
Game three was close early on with the Mustangs leading at 6-5. Carson City, again turned the switch to go on a 18-3 run and put the match out of reach.
Jankowsky said her team needs to stay positive. Even with an early lead, the Mustangs got down on themselves.
“They give up on themselves way to early,” Jankowsky said. “They need to learn to not do that. That is tough to teach kids, so they have to learn that themselves.”
As for the Eagles, Merlo was happy with the consistency throughout the match.
“We played well as a team, played consistent,” Merlo said. “Playing consistent is something we have been working on all season. Trying to play consistent for three full matches.”
Mackenzie Geister led the Eagles with 11 kills, five digs and four aces. Katlyn Dailey had 13 assists, Jaylin Fisher four aces and Kayla Datema three blocks.
“We’ve had some ups and downs, but we have been playing better in league,” Merlo said of their season. “We’ve had some really good tournaments and some not so good tournaments.”
Baylee Miller had five digs for the Mustangs. Ragen Krampe and Maddie Karcher each had two kills, while Taylor Hutson had two aces.
“I told them we have to play up to our potential,” Jankowsky said. “We just need to get better. We have to talk to each other and listen to each other.”
Carson City-Crystal (18-9-4, 3-0) is at Shepherd Thursday, while Montabella (0-18, 0-3) is at Vestaburg the same day.