Libby McKinney makes a set in Greenville's MVL win over the West Carrollton Lady Pirates.

Lady Wave downs West Carrollton volleyballers

Coach Hardesty rests seniors in third set on way to Lady Wave straight sets win over West Carrollton

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave easily defeated the visiting West Carrollton Lady Pirates in MVL volleyball action Tuesday night.

“We have two freshmen, Brooke Schmidt and Lilly Camacho who we saw some talent early on in the summer and we said let’s get them ready to play,” stated Greenville coach, Michelle Hardesty. “We still see some of those freshman mistakes but they’re coming on strong, they’re going to be fun to watch the next three and one half years.”

Greenville jumped out to an early 11-5 lead in the opening set on its way to a 25-20 win to lead 1-0 on the night.

Set No. 2 saw the Lady Wave lead 5-0 and push it advantage to 21-8 bringing a second timeout from the Lady Pirates bench. The Greenville girls went up 2-0 with a 25-9 second set win.

With two convincing wins in hand, Coach Hardesty rested her six seniors the entire third set of the night in a set that would see the Lady Wave fall behind early. West Carrollton held leads of 6-3 and 9-6 before the younger players battled back to tie the score at 10-10 and 11-11 before the Lady Wave took a 14-11 lead with the Lady Pirates calling for a timeout.

“That third set we benched all of our seniors and we said let’s see what you got,” said Hardesty. “They went out there and were shell shocked at first and fell down – were behind and they just kept pushing.”

“We gave them an opportunity to see what they’re going to have to do going forward beyond this year,” Hardesty added. “Hopefully we get to do that again because there is nothing like bringing actual varsity experience into the season when you have six seniors on the team.”

The Lady Wave closed out scoring on an 11-7 run to win 25-18 on take the match in straight sets.

“They played pretty well consistently and that’s pretty hard to do,” noted Coach Hardesty, “just try to get them in as much as we can.”

Following set two, play was halted while Greenville honored four year Lady Wave starter Libby McKinney for breaking the career ACE serve record and the career assist record. Also honored was senior Susie Blocher for establishing the single game ACE serve record.

With the win, the Lady Wave improve to 5-6 overall on the season and 3-5 in MVL play.

Greenville freshmen Brooke Schmidt (19) and Lilly Camacho (23) team-up for a Lady Wave block at the net in the team's win over West Carrollton
Greenville senior, Susie Blocher slams a kill for the Lady Wave in the team's Tuesday night win over the Lady Pirates.
Lady Wave senior, Lilly Hayes goes up for a block in Greenville's MVL win over West Carrollton.
Greenville senior, Kaitlyn Gonzalez sends a spike over the net for the Lady Wave in win over West Carrollton.
Greenville senior, Libby McKinney lands a kill for the Lady Wave in victory over the Lady Pirates of West Carrollton.
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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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