By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
PIQUA — The Piqua volleyball team was pushed to the limit by Milton-Union in the opening set, before the Lady Indians went on to a 25-23, 25-16, 25-8 win in non-conference action Monday.
Piqua evened its record at 9-9 with the win, while Milton-Union dropped to 11-8 with the loss.
Piqua jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the opening set behind Audrey Poling’s serve.
She had an ace in the run, while Tylah Yeomans — who just overpowered Milton-Union at times — had three kills in the run to go along with two Milton-Union hitting errors.
The Piqua lead increased to 9-2, before the momentum swung back to the Bulldogs.
Milton-Union scored 11 of the next 16 points to close within 14-13 and force a Piqua timeout.
Yeomans broke the run with a kill for Piqua, but Rachel Bloom answered with a kill for the Milton-Union and Brittany Suhr’s service point tied the set at 15.
It remained a see-saw battle.
Aubree Schrubb had a spike to tie the set at 20-20, but Madison Jones had a kill for Milton-Union and Kyla Swartztrauber added a tip to give the Bulldogs a 22-21 lead and force another Piqua timeout.
Schrubb had an ace to give Piqua 23-22 lead.
At 23-23, Yeomans had a kill and Reagan Toopes had a service winner to finish off the set.
Piqua got off to a fast start in the second set as well.
Following an ace by Sydney Hawk, the Lady Indians led 10-4.
Danielle Widney had several kills for Piqua, but a block by Milton-Union’s Allison Freisthler got the Bulldogs within 13-10.
Piqua would then pull away from there.
A kill by Jordan Adkins on Yeomans serve made it 16-11 and a kill by Schrubb for sideout and a point on Kathy Young’s serve gave Piqua a 19-13 lead to force a Milton-Union timeout.
At 20-14, Schrubb served four straight points, including an ace and a kill by Yeomans and at 24-16, Yeomans finished things off with a kill.
In the third set, Milton-Union was tied 2-2 early after a kill by Bloom.
But, Piqua stretched a 6-5 lead to 12-6 with Schrubb picking up a kill.
Young had a back-row kill to put Piqua up 13-7 and Schrubb stepped to the service line and served 11 straight points to take the lead to 24-7.
She had two aces in the run, while Yeomans had four kills and Kylaa Anderson added a spike.
Yeomans finished the match off with a kill at 24-8.
Piqua was hosting Stebbins Tuesday and will travel to Greenville Thursday in MVL matchups.
Milton-Union will host Middletown-Madison Thursday in SWBL action.
Contact Piqua Daily Call Sports Editor Rob Kiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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