Greenville falls after wild comeback


By Skip Weaver - sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com



Abbie Yoder (23) and Emma Klosterman (1) go up for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.

Abbie Yoder (23) and Emma Klosterman (1) go up for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Josi Worden (18) spikes the ball during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) and Josi Worden (18) jump up for a block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) goes up for a solo block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) and Emma Klosterman (1) try for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Mariah Nicholas (28) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.


Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE – By all accounts, it was an amazing comeback that unfortunately still ended in a loss for the Greenville volleyball squad.

The Lady Wave hosted Eaton on Monday night as they celebrated their five seniors – Chloe Cox, Shelby Herman, Brooke Stachler, Koryann Elliott and Mariah Nicholas – on Senior Night. After a rough start to the match falling behind two games to the Eagles, Greenville rallied to win the next two games forcing a winner-take-all fifth match that came down to the wire. It was the Eagles, however, that landed the win 25-13, 25-22, 15-25, 16-25, 15-12.

First-year Greenville coach Michelle Hardesty said her squad grabbed a quick 4-0 lead in the match-deciding fifth set. From there it went point-for-point until Eaton broke the tie going to 14-12 and then winning the final point for the overall match victory.

“Our defense was constantly on the move and we just didn’t quite finish,” said Hardesty, whose squad drops to 10-10 on the season with two matches remaining before sectional tournament play begins next week. The Lady Wave had won nine straight games after a 1-5 start to improve to 10-5, but have since lost five straight for the 10-10 mark.

“We had the serve at 14-12 and Libby (McKinney) put the ball in play, but we had some miscommunication on playing the ball and it dropped,” Hardesty said. “That’s my fault on the miscommunication. I should have made it clear who was to play it.

“But we dug ourselves a big hole to start losing the first two games,” she continued. “We lost seven straight points during the first set and just never got it back.”

In that first set, Greenville was ahead 12-8 when the Eagles went on a run to overtake the Lady Wave 14-12. Greenville won just one more point in that set losing 25-13. The second set was much closer, but still ended in a loss for GHS, 25-22.

But something happened for the third and fourth sets. The crowd got louder and the Lady Wave got re-energized grabbing the lead at 2-1 and maintaining it the rest of the match for a 25-15 win. Game 4 was much the same as GHS fell behind early, but surged ahead at 3-2 and controlled the rest of the game for a 25-16 win.

“We really got it together for the third and fourth sets,” Hardesty said. “I was pleased with the mental toughness we showed.

“There was a lot of emotion prior to the Senior Night introductions,” she continued. “The senior girls really wanted to win that first set, so we just had to work through it and I think we showed we are capable of playing with some really good teams. And Eaton is a good team. They came in here with a 16-3 record. This loss will haunt me for a while.”

Stat leaders for the Lady Wave were Josi Worden with 6 aces, 9 kills and 10 digs, Koryann Elliott with 10 kills and 4 blocks, Brooke Stachler with 2 aces, 26 assists and 13 digs, Shelby Herman with 6 aces and 31 digs, Emma Klosterman with 11 kills, Abbie Yoder with 3 kills and 4 blocks, and Mariah Nicholas and Chloe Cox had 2 aces apiece.

Greenville has regular season matches left with Piqua and Sidney before beginning tournament play. The Lady Wave will open the postseason against the Carroll-Springfield Shawnee winner at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Division II sectional at New Carlisle Tecumseh.

Abbie Yoder (23) and Emma Klosterman (1) go up for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Abbie-Yoder-3.jpgAbbie Yoder (23) and Emma Klosterman (1) go up for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Josi Worden (18) spikes the ball during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Josi-Worden-1.jpgJosi Worden (18) spikes the ball during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Koryann-Elliott-1.jpgKoryann Elliott (24) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) and Josi Worden (18) jump up for a block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Koryann-Elliott-3.jpgKoryann Elliott (24) and Josi Worden (18) jump up for a block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) goes up for a solo block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Koryann-Elliott-4.jpgKoryann Elliott (24) goes up for a solo block attempt during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Koryann Elliott (24) and Emma Klosterman (1) try for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Koryann-Elliott-5.jpgKoryann Elliott (24) and Emma Klosterman (1) try for a block during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

Mariah Nicholas (28) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/10/web1_Mariah-Nicholas-1.jpgMariah Nicholas (28) sends a serve across the net during a game against Eaton on Monday night. Eaton spoiled the Lady Wave’s Senior Night festivities by winning the overall match in five sets, 3-2. Photos by Skip Weaver | The Daily Advocate

By Skip Weaver

sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com

The Daily Advocate sports editor Skip Weaver can be reached at (937) 569-4316 or by email at sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @skipweaver65.

The Daily Advocate sports editor Skip Weaver can be reached at (937) 569-4316 or by email at sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @skipweaver65.