QUICKSBURG — Mountain View volleyball coach Wendy Poole said after Thursday’s loss to East Rockingham that she’s looking for more consistency from her team over the second half of the season, a point backed up by the Generals’ performance against the Bull Run District leader.

The Generals were competitive with the Eagles in the opening set, falling only after East Rockingham pulled away late with a 10-4 run to lock in an early match lead. The Eagles coasted from there, claiming a pair of lopsided victories in sets two and three to win 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-14) and hand Mountain View its third straight three-set loss.

“I feel like my team, really at times when it’s good, it’s good and sometimes when the wheels fall off the bus, the wheels fall off the bus,” said Poole, who consulted after the loss with the Generals’ three seniors, who determined that the team simply needs better communication and for everyone to “work together and everybody give 110%” no matter who is on the court.

“This was our first game of the week,” Poole added, “so we had the bye week, which was nice for us to go ahead and drop back into some fundamentals. We worked on our blocking and our hitting a lot this week and then on the reverse side of that our passing kind of tanked a little bit because we didn’t touch on it as much. I feel like East Rock’s pretty loaded. They’re a pretty well-rounded team.”

The Eagles (9-5, 7-1 Bull Run) showed as much on Thursday night, though Mountain View (2-9, 1-6) was able to keep things close with the visitors for most of the first set, trailing by no more than four points until East Rock got rolling late in the game.

When senior Maddison Hoover’s second kill of the first set pulled Mountain View within 15-12, East Rock methodically created separation, capitalizing on a couple of mistakes by the Generals at the service line and punctuating the win with two blocks, an ace and a kill by four different players over the set’s final four points.

“We came into this game expecting a lot of, we call them ‘strange volleyballs’ — volleyballs that go places where you’re not expecting them to go,” Eagles first-year coach Jonathan Williams said. “We came into the match with that expectation, so they were ready for that and they were moving. It took them that first set to get used to it but once they did we were in good shape.”

East Rockingham missed five serves in the first set but also tallied five aces en route to 10 on the night.

“I expect some missed serves,” Williams said. “We serve aggressively … so we have to accept the misses with the aces.”

The Eagles kept that momentum going in the second set, using two 8-0 runs to help build a 22-5 lead. Mountain View was able to make the loss a little more respectable by scoring 6 of the set’s final 9 points, a spurt that included a kill and an ace from junior Breanna Franklin, a block from junior Lilly Blank and an ace from junior Emma Saeler.

East Rockingham used another 8-0 run midway through the third set to balloon a 12-9 lead into a 20-9 advantage, and the Generals would trail by no fewer than 8 points the rest of the way after senior Alicia Bare’s back-to-back aces cut the deficit to 20-12.

Mountain View, which notched six kills in the first set, simply didn’t have the firepower to keep pace with the Eagles, who were led by nine kills from freshman Alliyah McNair and seven from senior Margo Fox. The Generals had just one kill in the second set and four more in the third, none after Saeler’s kill pulled Mountain View within 12-8 in the final frame.

“I would love to be an offensive team,” Poole said, “but sometimes I think the mentality for this (program) … is for so long we’ve just been on the beating end, so it’s hard to build that mentality. You just keep positive and you keep telling them ‘you’re just as good as they are, it’s a volleyball, you still have to pass.’ But like I said, when it’s good, it’s really good -- we’re scrappy, we get to things -- but when it’s bad sometimes it’s really bad.”

Mountain View, which is nearing the midway point of its schedule, has three Bull Run District matches next week, including road games at Clarke County and Rappahannock County on Monday and Tuesday and a home match against Page County on Thursday.

“Right now I just want consistency,” said Poole, who noted that she feels the Generals are more talented than they were a season ago because they have more “all-around players” but that she’s still in the process of figuring out where everybody should be playing on the court. “We have to have serves in. We have to have passes to the setter. We have to be able to hit the ball. If we can get that consistency, it’s really good. I thought the first set was really competitive for us, and I thought that was a good set for us.”

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