TROY — Playing three matches every week all season long takes a toll.
And in the second meeting between the teams, both the Trojans and Indians were coping with injuries the best they could.
In the end, though, the Trojans’ tough service game and remaining offensive firepower was too much for the Indians to handle as the Troy volleyball team closed out a regular-season sweep of Miami Valley League rival Piqua, 25-12, 25-9, 25-9.
“We’re continuing to mix things up (with the lineup),” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We’re looking at our setting situation and mixing that up a little, too. We don’t know what the the next few weeks will bring with the injury/lineup situation, but we’re going to work through that and find the best lineup that’s going to fit for us. And right now, this lineup is working.”
“We ran a new lineup tonight — I have quite a few injuries, which really isn’t helping the situation,” Piqua coach Jordan Drake said. “But we didn’t have the energy tonight in serve receive that we normally have.”
And the season isn’t over quite yet, either.
The teams, unable to play outside of their league with four open matches remaining, will now enter an MVL tournament leading up to the postseason. Piqua (5-13) will host West Carrollton Tuesday, with the winner of that match traveling to Troy (16-2) on Thursday.
Troy controlled the action all night, with Piqua only able to score seven points that didn’t come on Trojan errors. The Trojans, meanwhile, had 15 total aces and were in charge from beginning to end.
“We definitely had a goal to make our first contact really good so they would struggle and be out of system a lot,” Owen said. “That was successful for us the first time, but we kind of laid off the gas in Sets 2 and 3 when we played them the first time. So our goal was to keep that consistent throughout, and the girls did a good job of that tonight.”
Anna Boezi finished with eight kills, five blocks, two digs and four aces and Brennah Hutchinson added eight kills, two digs, two blocks and two aces to lead Troy. Hallie Westmeyer had seven kills, three blocks and a dig, Brynn Siler had six kills, five digs and three blocks, Amber Poore had five kills, a block and a dig, Ellie Fogarty had three kills, 14 assists, three digs, a block and three aces, Kasey Sager had two kills, two blocks and two digs, Morgan Kaiser had 14 assists, two digs and two aces, Ella Curcio had seven assists and two aces, Lauren Rice had eight digs and two aces, Genna Coleman had 12 digs and Andrea Prenger had two digs.
“Our offense was clicking, and our setters did a really nice job mixing up where they were going to,” Owen said. “Every kid was involved out there. I felt like our numbers were pretty balanced. Everybody did their part and didn’t have errors — we didn’t hit the ball out a ton.
“We kept them guessing all night long, which really is the name of the game.”
For Piqua, Elizabeth Copsey had a kill and an ace, Sydnee Hawk had two blocks, Jordan Adkins and Cara Reed each had a kill and Olivia Anthony had an ace.
“I want to see energy, I want to see momentum, and I want to see some heart back out on that floor that we had at the beginning of the year,” Drake said.