By Rob Kiser
The Piqua volleyball team knew with Trotwood-Madison visiting Garbry Gymnasium Tuesday for the GWOC North opener, there was no time for a letdown.
The Lady Indians kept their focus and had some fun, cruising to a 25-7, 25-8, 25-9 win over the Lady Rams to improve to 4-4 overall and get the GWOC North started right.
“It shows we can come out and get ready for whoever we are playing,” Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. “I thought the girls did a good job of keeping their focus.”
In all three games, Piqua took control early and never let Trotwood back in the match.
After a kill by Ashley Ho to tie the opening set 2-2, Lauren Williams served seven straight points to make it 9-2.
She had one aced during the run and Kelsey Magoteaux had a back row attack.
After two tips for sideouts by Kyla Blankenship, Carly Brown served two points, including an ace.
After a kill by Haley Michael, Blankenship served six straight points. She had two aces in the run and Ashley Brading had a tip.
After Blankenship had a kill for sideout to make it 21-7, Savannah Charles served out the set.
Brading had two kills and Charles finished it with an ace.
In the second set, Williams and Ho both had big runs from the service line.
Williams served six straight points to make it 8-2, with two aces, a tip by Cassidy Sullenberger and a spike by Ho.
Ho, then served eight straight points to make it 17-4.
She had two aces during the runs, while Blankenship and Brading had tips.
At 18-6, Browns served six straight points, including three aces and Blankenship had a tip at 24-8 to finish off the set.
In the third set, Erin Patrizio had some big hits to help the Piqua cause, while Macie Schaffner had a seven-point run at the service line.
“It is always good to get kids in there who don’t get to play a lot,” Cook said. “I got a freshman in there (Macie Schaffner).”
After two kills by Patrizio and an ace by Ho, Piqua was leading 6-5 when Macie Schaffner had the service run, which included two aces and a kill by Patrizio.
Patrizio had an ace to help make it 17-7 and Magoteaux served two points to make it 22-8.
That included an ace and a kill by Mikayla Schaffner.
At 23-9, Sullenberger served out the match.
Blankenship, Brading, Mikayla Schaffner and Patrizio all had three kills for Piqua, while Sullenberger dished out 10 assists and had four digs.
Ho had one block, Magoteaux had four digs and Brown and Blankenshship had five and four aces respectively.
Piqua will look to go to 2-0 in the GWOC North when it travels to Sidney Thursday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.