By Rob Kiser
The Piqua volleyball team is right where they want to be in the GWOC North after Tuesday’s win over Greenville in three sets at Garbry Gymnasium.
The Lady Indians are 3-0 heading into Thursday night’s match with Vandalia-Butler — with hopes of setting up a showdown with Troy for the GWOC North title next week.
And to add to it, the 6-5 Lady Indians will be holding Senior Night Thursday.
“It is a big match,” Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. “I am sure the girls will be fired up and ready to go with it being Senior Night. Last year, we beat them twice, but they were back-and-forth the whole match. It is not as big a rivalry as Troy, but it is our second biggest rival.”
Piqua had little trouble with Greenville, 0-14 overall and 0-3 in the GWOC North, winning 25-11, 25-5, 25-14 as outside Mikaela Schaffner and middle Ashley Ho both had big nights at the net.
The opening set was 16-10 before Piqua took control.
Kelsey Magoteau served five straight points, including a big block by Ho.
Cassidy Sullenberger served out the match at 21-11, with a kill by Schaffner and a block and kill by Ho.
“Ashley (Ho) has a really good vertical,” Cook said. “So, when she gets up against someone she can look at (is the same height as) at the net, she is going to be tough to stop. “Mikaela (Schaffner) does a great job hitting the ball down the line and using the blocker as a took and hitting it off of them. She did a really good job of that tonight.”
The second set was never close.
Two aces by Sullenberger, followed by kills by kills by Schaffner and Ho made it 4-0 and Piqua never looked back.
At 17-5, Magoteaux served out the set, including an ace.
It looked like more of the same in the third set.
After a kill by Ho for sideout, Sullenberger served nine straight points to make it 10-0.
A tip by Ho on Lauren Williams’ serve made it 14-1, but Greenville showed some heart.
The Lady Wave got back within 22-14 on a 13-8 run, before Magoteaux served out the match — with kills from Ho and Schaffner.
“I think we were up 10-0, but they came back,” Cook said. “We were mixing some diferent people in there and putting people at different spots. I wanted freshman Macy Schaffner to get some experience setting.”
Ho had two blocks and seven kills for the Lady Indians, while Schaffner pounded nine kills.
Sullenberger had four aces and dished out 20 assists, while Carly Brown had 11 digs.
Piqua was coming off a 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 loss to Wapakoneta on the road Monday.
Schaffner led a balanced attack with nine kills, while Kyla Blankenship had eight kills and 15 digs.
Ho had six kills, one dig and one block and Ashley Brading added four kills.
Magoteaux had 18 digs and Brown added nine.
Sullenberger had 25 assists and served four aces, while Williams served two aces.
“Wapakoneta was a good team, but our girls had a long weekend with working at the JV tournament and I just don’t think we had a lot of energy,” Cook said. “The Wapakoneta match wasn’t good, but we rebounded tonight — so, I am happy.”
As the Lady Indians head into a big match Thursday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.