BARSTOW • Errors ruled the day for the Barstow High School volleyball team on Thursday.
The Aztecs lost 3-0 to Sultana for their third-straight shut out in as many matches. Serrano and Victor Valley shut Barstow out on Monday and Tuesday. Errors proved to be costly in each match. Barstow played the Sultans closer than the Jackrabbits despite making more errors.
The Aztecs had 35 service and ball handling errors against the Jackrabbits, and ended Thursday's game with 63 ball handling, service, hitting and blocking errors.
Barstow coach Tynelle Olivas said the team had mistakes throughout the three games.
"We just weren't reacting to the ball," Olivas said. "They weren't talking and that caused a break down in communication. They were hesitating and it was causing problems where they let the ball drop or two people would go for it."
Despite the increase in errors Barstow had a better match against Sultana than Victor Valley. They were outscored 77-52 on Thursday compared to 75-43 in the match against Victor Valley.
"The girls were a lot more scrappy today," Olivas said. "They were going for the balls and diving. The scrappiness evened out the errors."
Barstow kept the first game close, but trailed 13-7 after giving up a run in the middle of the game and never recovered losing 25-18. The Aztecs inched closer and lost the second game 25-19. The third game turned out to be a crowd pleaser. Barstow took an early 11-5 lead in the game, but slowly allowed the Sultans to creep back in and the teams were tied 19-19 after a series of strong serves by Sultana's Shay Yell. Yell went on to give the Sultan's a 21-20 lead which the Sultans never relinquished despite the game going into extra points. Sultana won the final game 27-25.
Sultana coach Melanie Elliott said Barstow's defense allowed it to come back in the third game.
"Barstow just got better and better with each game," Elliott said. "They kept with it. They adjusted and played defense. They did a good job on defense. Plus their serving was good. We haven't seen serving like that all season."
The Aztecs finished the night with 11 aces from their serves. She'Kinah Toloumu had five aces to lead the Aztecs. Nicole Mathews had four aces for second best. Mathews also had nine kills and 18 digs. Courtney Verrill led the team with 21 digs and she also had seven kills. Kirsta Kruse had 11 digs.