Greenville varsity assistant coach, Jim Hardesty (L) and head varsity coach, Michelle Hardesty (standing) look on as the Lady Wave defeats Stebbins in straight sets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave defeats Stebbins in straight sets

Late start does not slow down Lady Wave Volleyballers

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave defeated the Stebbins Lady Indians in straight sets in Tuesday night MVL action at Greenville Senior High School.

“We had a nice effort all around from all of our players,” said Greenville assistant varsity coach, Jim Hardesty. “Even our young ones went in there and contributed.”

The east Dayton school was more than an hour late getting to Greenville pushing the freshman, JV and Varsity games starting times back.

“We didn’t start the freshman match until the JV match should have ended,” said Hardesty. “They (officials) did a good job of trying to speed things along.”

Leading 8-7 in the opening set, the Lady Wave used a 13-3 double digit run to lead 21-10 on their way to a 25-14 first set win.

Greenville jumped out to a 7-1 second set advantage only to have the Lady Indians battle back with a 10-1 scoring run to lead 11-8 bringing a timeout from the Lady Wave bench. Greenville answered with 6-2 run to lead 14-13 before the teams would play to an 18-18 tie.

The Lady Wave moved ahead 22-19 followed with a 4-0 Stebbins run giving the visitors a 23-22 advantage and a Greenville timeout. The Lady Wave responded with 3-unanswered points to win the set 25-23 and go up 2-0 on the night.

The Greenville girls bolted out to a third set 11-1 advantage and never looked back in taking the final set 25-15 and the match 3-0.

Coach Michelle Hardesty rested senior starter Susie Blocher and used the night to give the entire squad valuable playing time on the court.

“Everybody got to play tonight,” said Hardesty. “It was a good effort by everyone. We needed to give Susie a rest to get ready for tournament.”

The Lady Wave continue to see excellent play from its two starting freshman, No. 19 Brooke Schmitd and No. 23 Lilly Camacho.

“They are getting better,” Hardesty stated. “We’re proud of them. We threw them into the fire here right away to begin the season and forced them at the varsity level. They have done a great job. They do what we ask them to do and they get better every time they hit the court.”

Greenville senior, Kaitlyn Gonzalez (3) watches Lady Wave senior captain Libby McKinney return a serve in the team's MVL win over Stebbins. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville seniors, Kierah Beavins (L) and Susie Blocher (R) share a light moment during a timeout in the Lady Wave's win over Stebbins. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave senior, Carmen Badell gives a thumbs up before serving in Greenville's MVL win over the Stebbins Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Wave freshman starting duo, Brooke Schmidt (19) and Lilly Camacho (23) block a kill in GHS's win over Stebbins. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
(L-R) Lilly Hayes, Skylar Bryson and Samantha Suter take a turn on the bench in the Lady Wave's MVL home win over Stebbins. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

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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