The Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks take the court for final home game of the 2021 volleyball season. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Hawks Fall to Houston

Mississinawa Valley drops last home game of season to Houston

UNION CITY – The Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 non-conference match to the visiting Houston Lady Wildcats.

“My girls came out and played amazing tonight,” said MV coach, Billie Hunt. “I know this wasn’t our senior night but it was our last home game for our seniors. They came out and I told them they were doing everything right – they came out on fire.”

The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 nothing lead after two sets of play winning the opening set 25-19, taking the second set 25-17 and were in command leading 9-4 in set No. 3 when the wheels fell off with Houston rebounding to win the third set 25-20.

“We were playing so good,” said Hunt. “I kind of wondered in that third period – I tried to run it through my mind to see where things fell apart.”

The visitors grabbed a 9-3 fourth set lead bringing a timeout from the Lady Hawks bench with MV cutting Houston’s lead to 3-points at 15-12 only to have the Lady Wildcats close out the set on a 10-3 run earning a double digit 25-15 fourth set win sending the match to a deciding final set of the night.

“We kind of fell apart and we just couldn’t regroup after that but they kept positive,” said Hunt. “That’s my big thing – you just keep going and the end is going to be what it is going to be – you just have to keep going the whole time.”

Houston opened the fifth with a 5-2 lead and closed out the night on a 10-0 run to win 15-2 and take the match 3-2.

“I told the girls what a great game they played and yes, we fell apart there towards the end,” Hunt stated. “I get it, it is what it is and they played amazing.”

“It’s been a great season,” continued Hunt. “It’s a season I hate to see end because these girls have been a great team, a great set of girls to coach, they come together, they play as a team, they support each other as a team and it’s really been a fun season.”

“We just have to stick together and love the sport,” Coach Hunt concluded. “I don’t want them to walk away being glad it’s done. I want them to walk away with the tears that they’re sad it’s over.”

Four Mississinawa Valley seniors played the final home volleyball match for the Lady Blackhawks; Ali Byrum, Katie Ibarra, Madi Townsend and Kennedy Stachler.

Lady Hawks senior, Katie Ibarra looks on as senior, Kennedy Stachler goes to the net for a kill. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
MV Lady Blackhawks senior, Ali Byrum tips the ball over the net in the teams final home volleyball match of the season. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Blackhawks senior, Madi Townsend goes up for a block in the team's
Katie Ibarra makes a return for the Lady Hawks in last home match of season. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Kennedy Stachler taps a ball over the net for the Lady Blackhawks in match with Houston. (Gaylen Blosser photo0
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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