Torrington, Wyoming-While the Broncbusters continue to show signs, Jacquelynne Matula's team dropped their 10th match in a row Saturday, falling in straight sets to Western Nebraska 11-25, 17-25 and 15-25 at the Wyo-Nebraska Tournament.
"It's taking longer than we thought to get this together, but these girls will get there," Matula said. "They're fighting every match."
Garden City's (2-14, 0-3) record is very deceiving because they have played a daunting schedule. Saturday's showdown with the fourth-ranked Cougars was no different.
Western Nebraska won their 11th straight match to improve to 17-2.
The first set was there for the taking early on before the Cougars went on a nine-point service run that turned a 10-8 Western Nebraska lead into a 20-8 margin. Garden City scored only three out of the final 18 points.
The second set played out nearly the same way with the Cougars holding a narrow 6-5 edge early in the frame. But a 7-1 run make it 13-6 sparked by Aneta Faksova and Brooke Kaawa, who eventually powered Western Nebraska to the finish line.
In the third set, the Broncbusters were down 11-10 before Syenna Masaki hammered home a kill that started a run of 10 straight points. Garden City never recovered.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think we wait too long to take the match," Matula said.
The Broncbusters dropped their first match on Saturday to Northwest College in four sets 25-23, 17-25, 20-25 and 20-25. Tiumalu had 12 kills and nine digs. On Friday, Garden City lost in three vs. Western Wyoming in three and dropped a tough five-set match to Eastern Wyoming in the opener, rallying back from 2-0 down to force a deciding frame.
Garden City is back on the road Monday, Sept. 18 at Pratt, 6:30 p.m. match time.