TROY – The third seeded Piqua volleyball team quickly turned Saturday’s match with Wilmington into exactly what it was expected to be – a good warmup for Wednesday’s second round match with Troy and a chance to get comfortable on the Trojan Activity Center floor.
In Troy D-I sectional action, the Lady Indians quickly shut down any Hurricane warnings with a 25-9, 25-6, 25-12 win.
Piqua will play Troy at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“We wanted to get into a little bit of rhythm and we did that,” Piqua coach Chris Davis said. “Yes, Wilmington may have had a little bit of a lead in the third game when we had some young girls in there and that was fine. It was good to get those girls some playing time.”
And the match was a chance for the Lady Indians to put a little bit of a rough stretch behind them.
Heading into the final four matches of the regular season, Piqua was on a roll, winning 12 of 13 matches.
But, they lost to the top-ranked Division IV team in the state St. Henry, along with GWOC teams Lebanon and Fairmont in the last week.
“We talked after the Miamisburg match that the kids didn’t seem that excited about that win,” Davis said. “I think what it was is things were going so well, I think the girls thought they didn’t have to work as hard to win. I think those two matches (in the GWOC tournament) were a good reality check for them.”
Now, the Lady Indians will look for a second win over Troy.
“The girls know who we are playing and what they have to do,” Davis said. “The matches with Troy are always exciting.”
Brooke Reinke led the hitters Saturday with 15 kills, two aces and 10 digs; while Shelby Vogler added six kills, one block, five aces and 14 digs.
Tasha Potts had five kills, one block and one dig; while Jasmine Davis filled out the stat sheet with 30 assists, three kills, three aces and 10 digs.
Hayley Monroe had two assists, four kills and two digs; while Makayla Carnes had three kills, two blocks and two assists.
Taylor Bachman had two aces and five digs; and Macy Yount added four digs.