By Rob Kiser
The Piqua volleyball team played well at times, but it wasn’t enough in a 25-11, 25-21, 25-18 loss to Troy Saturday.
Troy improved to 17-5 overall and shared the GWOC North title with Tippecanoe, finishing 14-1 in GWOC American play.
Piqua closes the regular season 7-15 overall and 4-11 in GWOC North play.
The first set was a struggle as Piqua adjusted to being without the services of Sydnee Hawk and Danielle Widney.
“We have several people out this week,” Piqua coach Liana Michael said. “So, we were a little discombobulated that first set trying to figure out where everybody was supposed to be (on the floor).”
Troy jumped out to an 11-2 lead and Piqua managed just two kills in the set, one by Tylah Yeomans and one by Aubree Schrubb.
Piqua turned things around in the second set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead,
A couple missed serves by Troy and a kill by Yeomans put Piqua up 3-1.
Then, Kylie Trissell served four straight points at 4-2, including a block by Schrubb.
Two kills and a block by Yeomans, a kill by Haleigh Beougher and a kill by Schrubb helped Piqua keep the lead at 17-14.
Piqua still up 21-20 after Troy hit a ball long — but the Trojans answered with five straight points to finish off the set.
“We just couldn’t finish off the set,” Michael said. “I am not sure why. Our serve receive just broke down.”
Troy continued its runs in the third set, adding five more points in the run to open the set and take a 5-0 lead.
A missed served by Troy and ace by Kamy Trissell got Piqua back within 5-2.
Troy began to take control after that, opening a 21-10 lead despite a big block by Yeomans and Schrubb.
But, as Troy began to sub, Kamy Trissell served seven straights points to cut the deficit to 21-17. She had one ace and two service winners in the run, while Yeomans had a kill.
“The thing about both Trissell (Kamy, Kylie) is they are really solid volleyball players,” Michael said. “They hustle and get to a lot of balls.”
Troy called a timeout, then scored four of the next five points to finish off the match.
“We definitely played better the last two sets,” Michael said. “We were scrappy out there.”
Yeomans led Piqua with eight kills and two blocks, wile Schrubb also had two blocks.
Audrey Poling had five assists, while Reagan Toopes led the defense with 17 digs and Kamy Trissell had four aces and six digs.
Piqua will open Centerville D-I sectional play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Springfield — a team the Lady Indians beat in the semifinals of the Piqua Invitational earlier this season.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.