Greenville senior, Kaitlyn Gonzalez slams a kill for the Lady Wave in tournament play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave Comeback Falls Short

Six Lady Wave play final game for the Greenville Senior High School volleyball program

NEW CARLISLE – The No. 7 seed Lady Wave comeback fell short in the team’s 3-2 tournament loss to the No. 4 seed Urbana Lady Hillclimbers.

“Rough match – great comeback,” said Greenville Lady Wave coach, Michelle Hardesty. “They played with some heart – just kind of fell apart there at the end.”

Greenville took an 11-7 first set lead only to have the Lady Hillclimbers storm back with an 18-5 scoring run to take the opening set by a 25-16 score.

The Lady Wave battled back to take the second set of the night 25-20 to even the DII opening round tournament match at a game apiece.

Set No. 3 had the teams playing even with 5-lead changes and 9-ties with the last coming at 19-19 before the Lady Hillclimbers would pull out a 25-22 win and lead 2-1.

The fourth set of the night had the Lady Wave on the ropes trailing 24-19 with Urbana needing a single point to close out the night. With Greenville senior, Kierah Beavins at the serving line, the Lady Wave pulled off a huge comeback with 7-unanswered points to grab the win and knot the match at 2-2.

“What a match,” said Hardesty. “We’re down by five, 24-19 and we come back and won that – exciting, just not ready to be done.”

Urbana was able to get back on track and take the fifth and deciding set 15-9 bringing the Lady Wave volleyball season to a close.

“We just didn’t finish,” Hardesty stated.

GHS seniors playing their final volleyball match for the Green and White: Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Susie Blocher, Carmen Badell, Libby McKinney, Lilly Hayes and Kierah Beavins.

“Super proud of our seniors and what they brought to the team this year,” Hardesty stated. “I hope this isn’t the last time I see them on the court. They are great teammates, they are great leaders, they are great players, they are great coaches and they helped improve the overall abilities of our team this year and we have something to look forward to going forward.”

“Definitely going to miss our seniors,” Coach Hardesty concluded.

Lady Wave senior, Libby McKinney makes a set for Greenville in OHSAA tournament action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville senior, Lilly Hayes takes her place on the front row in tournament play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave senior, Susie Blocher goes strong to the net for a kill in the team's Monday night tournament match. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville senior, Kierah Beavins drills a spike at the net for the Lady Wave in DII tournament action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave senior, Carmen Badell returns a serve for Greenville in tournament play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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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 gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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