SIDNEY – The Lady Wave brought home a Thursday night road win over the MVL’s Valley Division leading Sidney Lady Yellow Jackets upping its season record to 9-4.
“What an important and satisfying win this was for us,” said Greenville coach, Michelle Hardesty. “The effort they put forth in this match shows how much they are growing. They are improving their mental toughness too. We are so proud of this team.”
The Lady Wave opened with a 25-22 win to take an early 1-0 lead on the night and followed up with a 25-20 second set win to put the team in the driver’s seat with a 2-0 advantage.
Sidney battled back to easily outdistance Greenville in Set No. 3 by a 25-14 score making in a 2-1 Lady Wave lead.
The Lady Yellow Jackets were seven better in the fourth with a 25-18 point win to even the night at 2-2 with Sidney holding the momentum.
“We knew it would be a battle going into the match,” said Coach Hardesty. “After we won the first two sets, we warned the girls that Sidney was not done. They were not going to give up to us without a fight on their home court. Battle they did, as we lost the next two sets.”
“Our girls were not finished either,” Coach Hardesty continued. “They wanted to bring home this win. I just reminded them that errors happen, and we have to be able to leave them behind.”
Greenville quickly found themselves down 8-3 in the 15-point deciding fifth set with senior power server Skylar Bryson stepping to the serving line to real off six unanswered serves to put the Lady Wave up 9-8.
Sidney battled back to regain the advantage at 12-10. A much-needed kill by Junior Kyndall Burke, got Greenville the serve back putting juniors, Shyanne Gibboney behind the line and middle hitter Brooke Schmidt back in the game.
Two serves, a nice defensive play by Gibboney, and a tip kill gave the Lady Wave a 13-12 lead before Sidney tied it up at 13-13.
Gibboney answered with an amazing dig to set up another kill for Schmidt giving Greenville the lead back 14-13. Kyndall Burke sent a serve over that put Sidney out-of-system allowing the Wave to set up for a final kill from Schmidt and a 15-13 set and match victory.
“It took a minute for them to dig in as Sidney took an 8-3 lead in the fifth set,” stated Coach Hardesty. “The Lady Wave stayed patient and battled back.”
“Just as exciting as the win, we had a special milestone reached and a single match record broken,” Hardesty added.
With the last kill and point of the match, Brooke Schmidt broke her single match record for Kills. It’s now set at 23.
“Brooke is developing into a well-rounded hitter,” Coach Hardesty said of her junior middle setter. “She put a lot of time in during the off season developing her skills. She has an undeniable passion for this sport, for competing and ultimately for her teammates.”
In just a season and half, Kindyl Peltz a sophomore setter for Greenville Senior High School, she achieved a significant milestone in her volleyball career with her 1000th assists.
“As Peltz progresses through her high school career, her future in volleyball appears promising,” said Coach Hardesty. “Her affection for the sport and her connections with her teammates are expected to drive her success in future matches.”
“These milestones not only highlight Schmidt’s and Peltz’s individual proficiency and persistence, but also emphasize the importance of teamwork and unity among the team,” Hardesty added.
After a slow start, it took Greenville JV three sets to earn a 2-1 win over the home standing Lady Yellow Jackets.
“It was also a satisfying win as they continue to improve and grow,” Coach Hardesty said of the JV squad. “Those girls are also the best cheer crew. I’d put them up against any student section. Their unwavering support during the varsity matches is amazing and fun for all of us.”