TROY — The Troy volleyball team may be relatively young after graduating eight seniors in the offseason.
But this year’s five seniors are a versatile group — and they’re all pitching in.
Tuesday night, the Trojans honored their veterans on Senior Night with a 3-0 sweep of Miami Valley League Miami Division rival Butler at the Trojan Activities Center, winning 25-10, 27-25, 25-17.
“We have five seniors that have all come different routes to get here, but I’m super proud of all of them,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We have have a couple that have played varsity for a couple of years, but we also have some that this is their first year on varsity. And for them all to be contributing to our lineup right now is a really cool thing.
“We have two with Genna Coleman and Brennah Hutchinson that are constantly fighting back and forth for the libero job, we have Ella Curcio as one of our starting setters in our 6-2, and we have Hallie Westmeyer, a three-year varsity player for me, and Amber Poore, finally earning her job as a right side and coming into her own. It’s great to see them all filling in those roles.”
And with the Trojans (5-0) still tinkering with various lineups trying to find the right matchups for when they take on co-MVL Miami champion Tippecanoe next week, everybody is still getting their chance.
“Still playing with lineups obviously, still moving people around, trying to find that fit with our setters and hitters that will be the most effective,” Owen said. “Thinking we’re narrowing in on it a little, but then we tried something different in Set 2 tonight, and not the combination we’re looking for.
“We’re trying to find the balance we want, but knowing Tipp’s personnel, I have to be able to find the matchups that I want against that front line. Every game has been like a chess match in the back of my head.”
Troy seemed to have it figured out to start the night, with Anna Boezi ripping off five kills and an ace in the first set to help the Trojans jump out to a 9-2 lead, a lead that only kept growing.
In the second, though, Troy had to battle back from a 16-10 deficit, finally taking a 24-22 lead on a big kill by Macie Taylor. Butler was able to tie the score, though, but an Aviator service error at 25-25 gave set point to the Trojans, and Poore put away a short return to give Troy a 2-0 lead.
The third was a back-and-forth battle, as well — for a while, until Boezi took over the serve at 13-11 and ran off five straight points, including an ace and two kills by Westmeyer, to put Troy up 18-11. Taylor then had two clutch kills late, and then setter Morgan Kaiser served up an ace on match point to close things out for the night.
“We’re making progress every night. We’re still working on hammering out how we match up with their personnel when it’s going to matter,” Owen said. “And I have about three days to get it figured out.”
Troy travels to Sidney Thursday before its key showdown against Tippecanoe Tuesday at home.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe maintained a first-place tie in the MVL Miami Division with Troy, improving to 5-0 with a 25-16, 25-4, 25-13 sweep of Greenville Tuesday.
Corinn Siefring had nine kills, three blocks, two aces and 15 digs, Kaitlyn Husic had seven kills, four digs and two aces, Rachel Wildermuth had five kills, five blocks and 15 assists, Hannah Wildermuth had 10 assists and four digs and Alayna Titley had 10 digs and an ace.
Miami East 3,
CASSTOWN — Miami East continued its Cross County Conference winning streak Tuesday, defeating visiting Covington 25-18, 25-10, 25-14.
For the Vikings (1-3, 1-0 CCC), Megan Gilliland had 14 kills, 11 aces and 14 digs to lead the way, Sierra Kinnison added 11 kills, a block and six digs, Megan McDowell and Ava Jacomet had three kills apiece and Ava Prince had 25 assists and nine digs.
For the Buccaneers (2-3, 1-1 CCC), Carlie Besecker had 10 kills, eight digs and two blocks, Nigella Reck had seven kills and six digs, Lauren York had four kills and Ellery Reck had 23 assists, two kills and eight digs.
Covington hosts Bethel Tuesday.
Other scores: Piqua (1-4) 3, West Carrollton 2. Bradford (5-0) 3, Mississinawa Valley 0. Minster 3, Troy Christian (1-4) 0. Arcanum 3, Newton (0-3) 0. National Trail 3, Bethel 0. Marion Local 3, Lehman 0.