As the Piqua volleyball team prepares for postseason play, Lady Indians coach Liana Webster doesn’t mind that team will have an almost two-week break before returning to action in the Vandalia D-I sectional at:30 p.m. Oct. 21 against the Sidney-Northmont winner.
“This team can use a break, both physically and mentally to recover,” Webster said.
The Lady Indians closed the regular season with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 loss to Troy.
Troy finished the regular season 18-4 and finished off another GWOC American title season with a perfect 15-0 record.
Piqua heads into the postseason with a 13-9 mark and finished 9-6 in GWOC American play.
“We played them tougher than the first time,” Webster said. “We definitely showed up tonight. I thought we played with a lot of intensity the first two sets, maybe not as much the last set.”
Navie Garber had an ace and two blocks, while Haley Michael and Savannah Hulme both had four kills.
Lauren Williams had 14 assists and seven digs, while Kelsey Magoteaux added to her school record with 18 digs.
Piqua was coming off a dramatic 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 win over Greenville Tuesday, dropping the Lady Wave to 7-13 overall and 4-10 in GWOC American action.
Emily Powell had three aces, while Tylah Yeomans pounded 15 kills and Hulme added 12.
Yeomans and Hulme each had two blocks, while Williams dished out 38 assists and had 19 digs.
Magoteaux again led the defense with 27 digs.
And while Webster may not have been completely happy with Piqua’s play, she said there was one positive after some tough five-set losses this year.
“We broke out five-set curse,” she said. “And a win is a win.”
Now, the Lady Indians get ready for the postseason.
Piqua split two five-set matches with Sidney during the season, while losing to Northmont in five sets after winning the first two sets.
“We will have a long break,” Webster said. “But, we are definitely going to have a pointed strategy going into that match. We are familiar with both teams. Whoever it is we end up playing, we have film on both of them.”
And the Indians will go into the tournament fresh after 10 days off.