NEW CARLISLE – The No. 6 seed Lady Wave volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match to the No. 4 seed Shawnee Lady Braves in OHSAA DII tournament play.
“It’s been a pleasure to coach them,” said Greenville coach Michelle Hardesty. “They went down fighting. If we’re going to lose – we’re proud of them for seeing through every point.”
The Lady Braves took an opening set 25-14 lead with Greenville battling back to defeat Shawnee 25-14 to even the match at 1-1.
The Springfield team took the second set 25-21 sending the match to the fourth set.
Trailing 24-19, the Lady Wave used a 4-0 run to make it a one point game to trail 24-23 only to lose 25-23 with Shawnee moving on in tournament play.
“They played their hearts out,” said GHS assistant varsity coach Jim Hardesty. “They did a great job, they executed well. A few breaks on calls did not go our way tonight but for our first year with them I couldn’t be prouder how they played.”
Playing their final game for the Lady Wave included seniors; Chloe Cox, Shelby Herrmann, Brooke Stachler, Koryann Elliott and Mariah Nicholas.
“This senior group has done a tremendous job leading and now it’s up to the juniors to carry it on,” said Jim Hardesty. “We are right where we want to be. We would have liked to have won but we’re still right where we want to be – a lot of improvement this year. If we make that same improvement next year we’ll be a pretty good force.”
“It’s going to be tough losing the senior group but our freshman group is really good,” continued Hardesty. “We had a couple of them up there playing tonight. Hunter (Class) did a good job coming in and serving. Libb (McKinney) has been with us the whole year. We have a lot of juniors that are going to be ready to play next year that are going to have to step in with big shoes to fill.”
Coach Jim Hardesty took time to reflect on the husband and wife team’s first year at the helm of the Lady Wave.
“From the first night that we saw them we were impressed with the attitude,” noted Hardesy. “They wanted to play, they wanted to work hard and they have done such a good job. I’m sorry we just couldn’t get them that one more step but you couldn’t ask for any better bunch of girls. The whole community has appreciated – so it’s been a good experience for us.”
“The parents have been wonderful,” added Hardesty. “They feed these girls after every game and they do a good job making sure that we have what we needed to do. I couldn’t be more impressed with the parents. The school system has been supportive, so for us being a first year at Greenville it’s an A+ program for us because they have treated us with everything they could give us.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Lady Wave lineup for introductions prior to Saturday volleyball tournament match. (Gaylen Blosser photo)