UNION CITY – The Greenville Lady Wave volleyball team had to battle back after dropping sets one and two by scores of 25-16 and 25-22 to the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks to get a 3-2 win, taking the fifth and final set by a 15-13 score.
“This is the first time in mine and Coach (Janelle) Rinderle’s four years here that we’ve come back from two-sets down to win a five-set match,” said Greenville Coach Chelsea Dowd. “They really played well.”
“I was glad to see them come out and play hard tonight,” said MV Coach Billie Hunt. “They played great ball tonight. I had some great hits tonight, some great plays and I’m thrilled.”
The opening set of the night saw the score tied nine times with the last coming at 13-13 before the Lady Hawks would outscore the GHS visitors 12-3 to take a 1-0 lead with a 25-16 set one win.
Set No. 2 had the teams playing close to open the game. With GHS leading 8-7, the Lady Blackhawks would use a 5-0 run to lead 12-8 and follow with a second 5-0 scoring run to push their advantage to 17-9 only to have the Lady Wave battle back with an 11-3 run to knot the score at 20-20.
MV closed out the second set outscoring the Lady Wave 5-2 to lead two sets to none with a 25-22 win.
“I told the girls at the beginning of the third set we had kind of come back in the second set,” Dowd said. “We lost 25-22 but I said we have momentum right now so we don’t need to change anything. Keep going up from here and that’s exactly what we did. They never let down from that point on.”
The Lady Wave opened set three with 8-1 and 10-2 leads, getting their first double digit lead of the night at 14-4 and going on to force a fourth set with a 25-11 win and trail 2-1.
The MV girls took an early set-four 5-2 lead with the Lady Wave bouncing back to grab a 12-7 advantage bringing a timeout from the MV bench.
GHS would extend its lead to 20-13 only to have the home team score seven-unanswered points to even the score a 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, 24-24 and 25-25 before GHS would get the final two points for a 27-25 win and send the match to a fifth and final set.
The fifth game had the Lady Wave taking early leads at 4-0, 8-2 and 10-5 in the 15-point deciding set with the Lady Hawks battling back to trail 11-9 bringing a timeout from the Greenville bench.
The Lady Wave pushed its lead to 14-10 with MV pushing back to make it a 14-13 Wave lead before GHS would score the final point of the night to take set five by a 15-13 score and earn a come-from-behind 3-2 non-conference win.
“We came out really strong, but I have eight girls playing and it was wearing on them,” noted Hunt. “You could see it. They battled hard, they battled it out and eight girls played strong.”
“We really played well tonight,” Dowd stated. “The first two sets were a little slow but the third, fourth and fifth sets – they woke up, they played together as a team and they found a way to get it done.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Amanda Armstrong goes up for a kill in non-conference match with the Lady Wave. (Gaylen Blosser photo)