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GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave defeated the Xenia Lady Buccaneers 3-1 in a Tuesday night MVL volleyball match.
“We need to learn consistency,” said Greenville assistant varsity coach, Jim Hardesty. “When we learn to play at the level we did at the end from start to finish, things will come a lot easier for them.”
The opening set had the score tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 before Greenville to a 10-6 lead. The Lady Wave pushed its lead to 21-14 with Xenia cutting the lead to 22-18 bringing a timeout from the GHS bench. The Lady Buccaneers made it a 2-point game at 24-22 only to see Greenville score the final point to win 25-22 and go up 1-0.
“This team has a little bit of trouble finishing and consistent play,” Hardesty said. “We changed our lineup tonight, it’s the first time we have ever used this lineup where we let our senior setter (Libby McKinney) hit the ball from the outside and she had nine kills, 24 assists and 15 digs so I think it worked out in our favor.”
Set No. 2 had the Lady Wave quickly down 11-5 and 13-7 before rebounding behind the serving of senior captain, Libby McKinney to use a 9-0 to lead 16-13. Xenia kept it close trailing 17-15 only to have the Lady Wave take advantage of an 8-0 run to get a double digit 25-15 win and lead 2-0 on the night.
“That started off with Libby serving again, and Carmen (Badell) was serving right behind,” Hardesty noted. “We got great contributions from our freshmen outside hitter Lilly Camacho – she had 12 kills on the night.”
The Lady Wave struggled to make headway in set No. 3 on their way to a 25-19 loss sending the match to set No. 4 with the Greenville girls leading 2-1.
“For as many seniors as we have on our team, we don’t play with enough consistency,” said Hardesty. “We have we don’t have that many starting senior returners. We only have three seniors that played varsity last year full time so it’s taking a little bit to get what the varsity is giving them.”
Greenville was looking a 13-8 deficit to open the fourth bringing McKinney to the line to real off 10 straight points to lead 18-13 and outscore the visitors 17-4 down the stretch on its way to a 25-17 win and earn a Miami Valley League victory.
“Our crowd, our cheering section there at the end really helped us out – pushed us over the edge to be where we needed to be,” Hardesty concluded.
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.
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