Greenville volleyball knocks off first place MVL Valley Division leader Sidney Lady Yellow Jackets in comeback win
GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave upset the MVL’s Valley division leader, Sidney Yellow Jackets volleyball team in comeback fashion to win 3-2.
“We talk about them being young but we’re not just young – we’re inexperienced and sometimes that shows through and then all of the sudden the light bulb clicks on and they show up,” said Greenville head coach, Michelle Hardesty. “Patience is a virtue. They played patiently each point and they pulled through. Everybody from our seniors on down to our freshmen and super proud of them…never give up.”
“It was an excellent match all the way around,” varsity assistant coach, Jim Hardesty stated. “Both teams played well. We came through in the end and you can see the future for Greenville is pretty bright. It came from everybody – everybody contributed someway tonight and very proud of them.”
The Lady Jackets held an 18-15 lead closed out the first set 7-3 to earn a 25-18 win and go up 1-0.
Set No. 2 had the Lady Wave holding a slim 10-9 lead before the set would be tied at 18-18 and 19-19 only to have Sidney take a 2-0 advantage with a 25-23 win.
“We encourage them to play for the point and whatever happens put that behind you win or lose,” said Michelle. “Move on and play for the next point.”
Greenville started its comeback in set No. 3 of the night. With the set tied at 18-18 the Lady Wave reeled off 4-unansered points to lead 22-18 on their way to a 25-19 win and trail 2-1 on the night.
A large part of the Thursday night comeback was the noticeable lack of Lady Wave service errors on the night.
“We had 21-22 service errors at West Carrollton the other night and tonight we had eight or nine at the most,” Jim said. “That was a great night for us.”
The fifth set had Greenville battling back from a deficit to knot the score at 18-18 bringing a timeout from the Sidney bench. The Lady Wave pushed its lead to 24-21 bringing a second Lady Jackets timeout. Sidney took advantage of the timeout to score 3-unansered points and even the set at 24-24 with Greenville facing defeat on the night.
The Lady Wave responded with 2-straight points to earn a 26-24 fourth set win sending the match to the fifth and final set.
“The stage crew was at it again,” Jim noted. “They helped out a lot towards the end and that got those young ones going.”
Greenville grabbed an early 5-point 12-7 lead with Sidney taking a timeout. The Lady Yellow Jackets responded chipping away at the Greenville lead to close to 3-points at 13-10 bringing a Lady Wave timeout.
Leading by two at 14-12, Greenville got the score they needed to put Sidney away and earn the MVL win.
“Samantha (Suter) is a senior and is playing very patient,” Michelle Hardesty noted. “She had some nice hits tonight at key points. Alaina (Baughn) serves did pull us through at some key times and Ella (Strawn) another senior is tough. She’s learning the position. They are all three hungry for a good season. They are trying to be the best leaders they can and I couldn’t be more proud of what they pulled off tonight.”
“It is a privilege for my wife and me to coach here and for as long as we have,” said Jim Hardesty. “I think the future is going to be really bright with these kids. We’re giving it all we got and they’re giving us everything back so we are very proud of Greenville and very proud of this community.”