Lady Wave hitting stride with fourth consecutive volleyball win

WEST CARROLLTON – The Greenville Lady Wave traveled to West Carrollton to take on the Lady Pirates and came away with their fourth consecutive win defeating the Dayton team by a 3-1 score.

“We’ve been trying to find a rhythm of sorts,” said Greenville head coach Michelle Hardesty. “I believe for most of the match they found just that.”

The teams came into the night with identical 4-5 season records and 3-3 in conference play but it was the Greenville girls getting even on the season at 5-5 and 4-3 in GWOC play while the home team was dropping to 4-6 and 3-4 on the 2018 season.

The Lady Wave started slow with Carrollton jumping out to an 8-4 first set advantage bringing a timeout from the Greenville bench. The Greenville girls responded by outscoring the Lady Pirates 21-5 and take game No. 1 by a 25-13 score.

“We didn’t warm up so well, and it showed early as West Carollton took an 8-4 lead in the first set,” said Michelle Hardesty.

The Greenville girls continued to dominate the Wednesday night match taking the second set by a convincing 25-8 score.

“We continued controlling the match in set two,” noted Coach Hardesty.

Set No. 3 saw the Lady Wave struggled with their serve receiving game, dropping the game by a 19-25.

“The girls got a little over zealous and had trouble serve receiving in the third set,” Hardesty said.

Greenville rebounded to take the fourth set of the night by a 25-13 score, defeating GWOC American South team as the Lady Wave continues to improve under the program’s first season at the helm of husband and wife coaching tandem of Head Varsity Coach Michelle Hardesty and Assistant Varsity Coach Jim Hardesty.

“We came out aggressively and won the fourth set and match,” Coach Hardest stated.

Madilyn Francis had 10 kills on the night for the Lady Wave.

“Madilyn Francis really stood out, contributing in every aspect of the game,” said Hardesty. “She had some big kills, served extremely well, contributed with a few assists, digs, and her serve receive was spot on.”

“Emma Klosterman contributed with 20 kills,” Hardesty added. “Brooke Stachler had 35 assists to go with her four aces on 20 services attempts and no errors.”

“The Green Wave is earning respect every time they step on the court,” Michelle Hardesty concluded. “If you asked the girls you’ll find they are excited – four wins in a row. They now have a taste for winning and aren’t readily going to relinquish that without a fight. We coaches couldn’t be more proud of them. It was a team win, a total team effort.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville senior, Brooke Stachler at the Lady Wave serving line. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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