By Rob Kiser
TROY — The Troy volleyball team showed why they are front runners in the GWOC North Tuesday night.
And while Piqua had moments of competitiveness in the second and third sets, the Lady Indians coould never sustain anything in a 25-6, 25-16, 25-15 loss in GWOC American play.
Troy is now 5-2 overall and 5-0 in GWOC American action, while Piqua is 4-2 and 3-2.
“We had flashes in the second and third set,” Piqua coach Liona Michael said. “But, we really did (have trouble getting anything going). We could never score more than two or three points in a row and were giving up big runs to them.”
Troy scored the first eight points of the match, before hitting the ball into the net.
Tyler Yeomans and Haley Michael had kills to get Piqua within 16-6, before Troy scored the next nine points to finish off the set.
Piqua was even at 4-4 in the second set after three Troy errors and a kill by Taylor Cavender.
A kill by Navie Garber had Piqua within 8-5 and Savannah Hulme had a block on Lauren Williams serve to get Piqua within 13-8.
A kill by Hulme got Piqua within 17-10 and conseutive kills by Garber had the Indians within 18-13.
Williams found the back line on a return and Michael had a kill to get Piqua within 24-16, before Troy finished off the set.
Piqua got down 6-0 in the third set, before a block and ace by Michael, Piqua’s only ace of the night.
Hulme had a kill to get Piqua within 9-3.
At 11-3, following a timeout, Piqua had its longest run of the night, scoring four straight points.
It started with a Troy service error, before two kills by Yeomans on Kamy Trissell’s serve and four hits on Troy made it 11-7.
Yeomans had a kill to get Piqua within 14-8 and Michael had two kills for sideouts to cut the deficit to 21-12.
A Troy service error made it 23-13 and Garber had a block and Yeomans a kill on Kelsey Magoteaux’s serve made it 23-15 before Troy scored the next two points to end it.
“I thought our seniors stepped up at the net tonight and Kelsey (Magoteaux) did a nice job on defense,” Michael said.
Yeomans finished with seven kills, Michael and Hulme had four kills each.
Williams dished out 17 assists and Magoteaux had 16 digs.
Piqua will be back in action Thursday, hosting Trotwood-Madison.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.