Brooke Schmitz equals her Lady Wave kill record for the second time this season with 22 kills in win over Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Wave Volleyball defeats Piqua

Greenville Lady Wave earns MVL win over the Piqua Lady Indians

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave defeated the Piqua Lady Indians 3-1 in Thursday night MVL volleyball action by scores of 26-24, 11-25, 25-15, and 25-21.

“Once we got our serve receiving game down we played really well,” said Greenville head coach, Michelle Hardesty.

The Lady Wave came out sluggish in the opening set with the bench calling timeouts trailing 10-14 and again at 14-21. Unable to get the ship righted that included 6-service errors, Greenville faced certain defeat with Piqua needing a single point for a win leading the Wave 24-16.

Greenville senior, Ella Strawn stepped to the serving line to reel off 10-unanswered points to give the Lady Wave a 26-24 win and lead 1-0.

“That first set – just like, where did we go,” said Hardesty. “Once we got going, pushing confidence, one point at a time and being patient – we were down 16-24 and came back and won that set.”

A large stage crew made its vocal presence known bringing appreciation from Coach Hardesty as she talked about team timeouts.

“I called timeout and I really couldn’t speak because the stage crew was here in full force,” noted Hardesty. “We love that, we appreciate that, they were loud.”

“They wanted to coach the team a little bit,” Coach Hardesty said with a chuckle. “They just kept us a little light and they added entertainment value to our huddles. We tried to get a few words in we wanted to convey but they were right there in our ears…but it was a fun night.”

Unfazed, the Lady Indians roared back with a 25-11 win to even the match at one set apiece.

“We didn’t follow that (win) up with a very good set,” stated Hardesty. “They just served us off the floor. We struggled serve receive, did not get our hitters many sets during that second try so we got beat but we just reloaded and finished the night with 39-kills on the team.”

Greenville bounced back to lead 16-9 in the third set bringing a timeout out from the Piqua bench and a second Lady Indians timeout trailing 22-14 only to have the Lady Wave go on to earn a double digit 25-15 win.

Set No. 4 had Greenville jumping out to an early 5-1 lead before the Lady Indians rebounded with a 16-13 lead.  The Lady Wave responded with a 5-0 run to lead 18-16 and move out to a 20-17 advantage with Piqua calling a second timeout. Greenville closed out the set 5-4 posting a 25-21 win to earn the Miami Valley League win.

“We’re a young team and sometimes it takes a little bit for them to get motivated and get going,” said GHS assistant coach, Jim Hardesty. “You’re going to have that. They’re going to play up and down this year and we’re just going to have to live with it. They have a lot of resilience and they came back strong at the end.”

“Brooke Schmidt with 22 kills on 40 attempts and only three errors had a big night. Tied her own record again.”

Greenville Senior High School stage crew brings added entertainment to the Lady Wave's MVL win over Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Shyanne Gibboney returns a Lady Wave serve in the team's Thursday night home win over the Piqua Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville freshman Kindyl Peltz gets a block for the Lady Wave in varsity win over Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Olivia Flatter goes strong to the net for a Greenville slam in the Lady Wave win over the Piqua Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lilly Camacho drills a kill for the Lady Wave in MVL home win over Piqua. (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 gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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