GREENVILLE – The Greenville Lady Wave took the visiting Eaton Lady Eagles volleyball team to the wire on Senior Night before dropping the fifth and final set 15-12 after battling back from at 2-0 deficit.
The Lady Eagles entered the night with an impressive 16-3 record with two of their losses coming at the hands of Bellbrook and one to Monroe.
The visitors took an early 3-0 first set lead with the Lady Wave using a 5-0 run to lead 5-3 and would push its lead to 12-8 only to have Eaton use a 6-0 run to go up 14-12. GHS added a point to the board, its last of the set to trail 14-13 with the Lady Eagles scoring 11 unanswered points to win 25-13 and take a 1-0 lead.
“We tried to put a few lineups in different there at the end of the first set,” said Greenville assistant head coach Jim Hardesty. “We come out the second set and played pretty decent – we just didn’t finish. Then we played a really good third and fourth set and got off to a good start (fifth set) but we have to make a side out there when we have a four point lead and we just didn’t do it.”
Set No. 2 had the game tied at 4-4, 5-5, 16-16 and 17-17 before Eaton would outscore the home team 8-5 down the stretch to grab a 2-0 lead.
The third set was played close to open with the score knotted at 7-7 and 8-8. The Lady Wave used two 3-point scoring runs, two 4-point runs and a 5-point run to down the visitors 25-15 and trail 2-1.
Set No. 4 had the Greenville girls bolting out to a 14-3 advantage on their way to a 25-16 win to even the match at 2 sets apiece sending the match to a 15-point fifth and final set.
The Lady Wave quickly grabbed a 4-0 lead bringing a timeout from the Eaton bench. The Lady Eagles used nine unanswered points out of the timeout to lead 9-4 bringing a timeout from the Greenville bench.
GHS battled back to trail by a point at 10-9 and 12-11 only to have the visitors take the final set by a 15-12 score and win the non-conference match 3-2.
“Everybody played tonight,” said Hardesty, “so that was good for us moving forward.”
Following the match, Lady Wave head volleyball coach, Michelle Hardesty took time to talk about each of her five seniors.
“All the seniors have been accepting of having new coaches going into their senior year, so we appreciate that,” stated Hardesty.
“Brooke (Stachler), senior setter, team captain,” noted Hardesty. “She is a bright spot every time we walk in the gym. From the day we stepped in she’s been guiding us as new coaches.”
“Shelby (Hermann), “she’s our Libero – those shoes are going to be hard to fill next year. She’s the epitome of the definition of hustle.”
“Koryann (Elliott), middle hitter, middle blocker for us. She is very consistent, she always kept the ball in play for us, great attitude, going to be missed next year in that capacity as well as being a leader and inspiration to our underclassmen.”
“Chloe (Cox), feisty, beautiful voice. She sings the National Anthem. Tonight was the second time and gives me the goose bumps every time she sings it. She is very talented, been very pleased with what she has done in the back court for us. She is another one that is teaching our underclassmen and we appreciate her as well.”
“Mariah Nicholas, whenever we put her in, Mariah did everything she could and always had the best attitude,” Hardesty said. “Great work ethic, great all around girl. She has been an awesome support person whether she was in the game or off the court. She never got down she always stayed up. Mariah is one of those girls you can throw in the game and she is going to do what she can for us.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Lady Wave sisters (L-R), sophomore Carleigh and senior Chloe Cox meet on the Green Wave home court for the final time together in Tuesday’s Senior Night volleyball match with Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)