PIQUA – The Greenville Lady Wave traveled to Piqua to face the Lady Indians in a Tuesday night GWOC American North match-up and came away with a 3-2 win to improve to 11-10 on the season and 7-7 in conference play.
The Lady Indians took the opening set by a 25-22 putting Greenville in a 0-1 hole to begin the night.
“After coming off a hard fought 5-set loss Monday night to Eaton, and on our Senior Night, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get from the team,” said Greenville coach Michelle Hardesty. “It was an emotional and late night Monday. It showed as we took a loss in the first set.”
The Lady Wave battled back to take the second set by a 25-18 score and even the match at one game apiece.
“They picked up the pace in set two, coming out on top,” Hardesty stated. “However, it was Piqua’s Senior Night and they’ve already lost to us twice this year. They were ready to battle and played well the third set, winning in extra points 28-26.”
Down two sets to one, the Lady Wave picked up the pace taking the fourth set while winning the fifth and deciding set going away.
“It gave the Wave a little nudge to get better,” Hardesty said of the close fourth set loss. “They finished out the match with convincing wins 25-15 and 15-6. They were definitely at the top of their game the third and fourth sets.”
“Freshman Hunter Class was brought up to sit Varsity – she has been working on a killer serve,” shared Hardesty. “We gave her an opportunity, and she did what we needed. She served 13-times with 2-aces and the majority of her serves were returned as free balls giving us the opportunity to score.”
“Abbie Yoder set a personal best record with 17 kills,” Hardesty added. “As usual, Senior Libero, Shelby Herrmann kept us going with 35 digs, just a few shy of a personal best for her. Senior Setter Brooke Stachler had 39 assists. That tells us that all of our players were doing their jobs.”
The Tuesday night road win was the third time this season Greenville defeated the Piqua girls. In the 11-sets played on the season, the Lady Wave won 8-sets and dropped 3-sets while outscoring the Lady Indians 259-214 to go 3-0 against the Miami County school.
Beating a team three times in a season is generally a hard thing to do,” Coach Hardesty stated following the match.
PHOTO CAPTION: Abbie Yoder slams a kill for the Lady Wave. (Gaylen Blosser photo)