Greenville Lady Wave senior volleyball players (L-R) Lilly Hayes, Libby McKinney, Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Susie Blocher, Carmen Badell and Kierah Beavins. (Gaylen Blosser photos)

Lady Wave win in straight sets on Senior Night

Six Greenville seniors lead Lady Wave to 3-0 MVL win over Sidney

GREENVILLE – The Lady Wave defeated the Sidney Lady Yellow Jackets in straight sets while honoring six Lady Wave on Senior Night in Greenville.

“I love the excitement, the spunk, the stage crew and how loud and supportive they were tonight  big win against Sidney,” said head coach Michelle Hardesty. “To be able to put all six seniors out there that first set and let them play a full rotation no matter what the position – it warms my heart, they are such a blessing to me.”

Greenville fans honored No. 3 Kaitlyn Gonzalez, No. 10 Susie Blocher, No. 13 Carmen Badell, No. 15 Libby McKinney, No. 21 Lilly Hayes and No. 26 Kierah Beavins before a large home standing crowd.

“Our six seniors did a great job for us the whole four years we have been here, we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said GHS assistant varsity coach, Jim Hardesty. “They have a lot to be proud of  their record might not be what they thought it was going to be this year but they are a really fun team to coach.”

Six Lady Wave seniors started the opening set jumping out to a 6-0 lead before the visitors would battle back to knot the score at 10-10 and take a 17-14 lead bringing a timeout from the Lady Wave bench.

Coach Hardesty went to her bench inserting the freshman duo of Brooke Schmidt and Lilly Camacho to get the score even at 20-20 and win going away by a 25-21 score.

Set No. 2 had the Greenville had the teams playing to 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 and 11-11 before the Lady Wave pulled out a 25-21 win.

Greenville opened third set play with a 9-3 advantage and stretched its lead to a double digit 22-12 advantage allow Coach Hardesty to pull her seniors from the lineup to a standing ovation. The bench kept up the pace closing out the night with a double digit 25-15 MVL win.

Two Lady Wave freshmen, Brooke Schmidt and Lilly Camacho made the starting lineup from the opening tip of the season and continued to improve as the season progressed with the support and leadership of the six seniors.

“The senior leadership is amazing,” said Coach Michelle. “Coming from eighth grade and hitting the varsity court right off the bat, Coach Jim and I saw huge potential in them and they did exactly what we needed them to do from the start of the season to here towards the end. They just kept getting better and they are going to be exciting to watch going forward.”

Lady Wave head varsity volleyball coach Michelle Hardesty had this to say about each of her seniors.

Kierah Beavins – “Kierah plays with heart, has a great attitude and takes good care of her teammates. She’s filled many rolls over the past four years and found her niche as a defensive specialist last season. She filled a vacant spot this season, owned it and is a player we don’t look forward to having replace next season.”

Susie Blocher – “Susie started showing her hands last season, and we welcomed the opportunity to develop her as a back-up setter this season. She developed into an all-around sound player, had a devastating serve and was a very scrappy defensive player that will be hard to replace.”

Lilly Hayes – “Lilly is that player that does whatever is asked of her. She executes sufficiently as a hitter, is always supportive of her teammates and leads by example on and off the court.”

Kaitlyn Gonzalez – “Kaitlyn has a devastating attack, a big block, and executes efficiently as a passer and a server. Her positive energy radiates throughout the team. She’s a great teammate that together with her skills will be missed on the court next season.”

Carmen Badell – “Carmen brought a contagious smile, and great communication skills to the varsity court this season in addition to leadership and defensive skills that will be talked about and compared to going forward. She trusted the process and came on strong as a defensive specialist turned Libero this season.”

Libby McKinney – “Libby was tossed into the varsity court four years ago, she also trusted the process, developed into an amazing team leader, and broke records at every level…match, season & career. Her teammates have so much respect for her, as do we coaches. She is an amazing role model. Her setting skills together with her leadership skills will be hugely missed.”

 

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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