By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
The Piqua volleyball team’s plan against Fairmont was a simple one.
Don’t let Brooke Westbeld change the match.
The Lady Firebirds junior had 35 kills in two matches coming into Thursday’s GWOC crossover action.
The Lady Indians did just that — and the result was a 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 win as Piqua improved to 4-0.
“The Westbeld girls is pretty tall and a good player,” Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. “So, we wanted to keep Fairmont out of system. I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”
Not only are the Lady Indians 4-0 — they have yet to drop a set in the early going.
“I think it is (a great start),” Cook said. “We beat a good Springboro team on the road last week and got another good win tonight against a real solid program.”
Frannie Haney was effective from the service line, keeping Fairmont from being able to run its offense all night.
A five-point run in the opening game — which included a Michaela Bell kill and aces on consecutive serves — Piqua took a 13-4 lead and crusied to a 25-15 win.
“Both Fran (Haney) and Logan (Ernst) have had some nice service runs for us,” Cook said. “She (Frannie Haney) is lefthanded a gets a lot of spin on it.”
Again in the second set, it was Haney at the service line to rally Piqua from a 7-6 deficit.
She served four straight points, including two more aces and and a Bell kill to make it 11-7.
With Tasha Potts mixing some rocket kills, with some well-timed tips, Piqua pulled away and recorded a 25-17 win.
After taking the lead early in the third set, the Lady Indians had to rally from a 16-15 deficit.
With Piqua leading 17-16, a tip by Cassidy Sulllenberger helped Haney served three points for a 20-17 lead.
A tip and service winner by Potts stretched the margin to 22-19 and the Lady Indians went on the close out the match at 24-21 when Fairmont was called for a rotation error.
“I was pleased with the way the kids responded,” Cook said. “We knew this was going to be a good test.”
Potts finished with nine kills and Kyla Bkankenship added seven.
Haney had four aces and Sullenberger dished out 25 aces.
Blankenship led the defense with 29 digs and Kailey Byers added 23.
The Lady Indians lost the JV match 27-25, 25-15, while the Piqua freshman won 25-13, 25-16.
Piqua is off until Wednesday when they travel to Lehman Catholic for another big test.