The Piqua volleyball team is going through the type of growing pains you would expect with any young team.
And Tuesday night against St. Henry was another step in that process.
While there were moments where the Lady Indians played very well, they couldn’t sustain it consistently in a 25-11, 25-17, 25-15 loss to the Lady Redskins.
“St. Henry has six seniors,” Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. “That is an experienced team and they really played well. I thought we did play well at times. Their libero was really good and very quick to come out of her base. She did a great job.”
The first set was tied 7-7, before St. Henry finished the game with an 18-4 run.
The second set, Piqua rallied back from an early deficit.
With Carly Brown serving, kills by Haley Michael and Kyla Blankenship, followed by an ace got Piqua with 12-9.
The Lady Indians continued to battle and with a kill by Blankenship and a tip by Cassidy Sullenberger helping, Piqua got as close as 17-16.
But, again St. Henry finished the set on an 8-1 run, with Piqua’s only point coming on a kill by Mikayla Schaffner.
“We were right in there the second set,” Cook said. “I think at the end of sets, we get afraid of making mistakes instead of just playing like we can.”
Despite a kill by Ashley Brading, Piqua got in a 6-1 hole the the third set and the deficit grew to 17-6.
Blankenship, Schaffner, Michael and Brading all had kills down the stretch and Kelsey Magoteaux served two points, including a block by Ashley Ho to make it 24-15, before St. Henry finished off the match.
Brading led Piqua with four kills, while Ho had a block.
Brown and Lauren Williams both served an ace.
Sullenberger dished out 16 assists and Magoteaux had 18 digs for Piqua, 2-4.
The Lady Indians will host Northmont tonight, with the JV game starting at 5:30 p.m.
SIDNEY — The Lehman volleyball team defeated Urbana 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18 Tuesday in non-conference action.
Madeline Smith had 32 assists and 11 digs for the Lady Cavaliers, while Sidney Chapman had 24 kills and 22 digs.
Maddison Hussey had 10 digs and Marianne Hissong added four kills.
HOUSTON — Fairlawn won its first league game Tuesday, defeating Houston 20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18.
Houston is now 1-2 and 4-3 and was led by Jenna Winner with 12 kills and 11 digs, and Sarah Monnier with six kills and seven digs.
Winner, Allie Voisard and Jenna Mounts all had three ace serves, and Mounts also added 15 assists. Katherine Everett finished with nine assists.
Houston won the JV game in two
Houston defeated visiting Ansonia in four Saturday, 25-7, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15.
Jenna Winner had 12 kills, Sarah Monnier eight and Jenna Mounts six for Houston. Winner also had three blocks and two aces, Monnier two blocks and six digs, Allie Voisard had seven digs and Kathering Everett six.
FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie went to 3-0 in the SCAL and 6-3 overall with a 3-0 win over Russia, the scores being 25-18, 25-15, 25-13.
Russia is 0-2 and 3-3.
Covington gave Miami East boys golf team its first loss in CCC play 179-181 at Echo Hills Tuesday.
Levi Winn was medalist and led Covington with a 37.
Miami East scores were Scot Kirby 43, Walker Henley 44, Kley Karadak 47, Cam Coomes 47, Ryan Haney 47, Dylan Martinez 48.
top Jets in CCC
WEST MILTON — The Newton boys golf team recorded a 175-189 win over Franklin Monroe boys Tuesday in CCC action at Stillwater Ridge.
Brock Jamison was medalist with 38 to lead the Indians.
Other scores were Milan Bess 44, Wade Ferrell 45, Chet Jamison 48, Drew Thiesing 51 and Nate Zielinski 52.
lose to Trojans
ARCANUM — The Versailles JV golf team lost to Arcanum 197-226 Tuesday at Beechwood Golf Course.
Versailles scores were Alex Keiser 55, Alec Ahrens 55, Austin Pleiman 58, Brennan Gaier 58 and Connor Custenborder 58.
fall to East
The Miami East girls golf team handled Covington 190-229 Tuesday at Echo Hills.
Kierra Fellers was medalist with 42 to lead Miami East.
Other Lady Viking scores were Megan Pettit 48, Megan Thompson 50, Hayley Howard 50, Emily Rowley 50 and Maggie Burgman 52.
Kelsey McReynolds led Covington with 51.
Other Bucc scores were Addison Metz 55, Megan Alexander 59, Noelle Gast 64, Sydney Blanton 65 and Emily Thompson 75.
CASSTOWN — The Miami East boys soccer team blanked Botkins 4-0 Tuesday, with Devyn Carson scoring three goals.
Dalton Taynor added one, while Parker Heim, Grant McCalister and Austin Niswonger all had assists.
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls tennis team lost 5-0 to Northwestern Tuesday.
In singles, Diana Gibson lost 6-1, 6-1; Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-0; and Ann Pennaparra lost 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, Sarah Gibson and Alex Read lost 6-1, 6-4 and Emma Simpson and Melanie Brunner lost 6-1, 6-0.