HUBER HEIGHTS — The Lady Warriors volleyball team started off the GWOC tournament at home by dominating throughout the match en route to winning the match in four sets 25-16, 20-25, 25-14 and 25-18 on Senior Night to celebrate their senior teammates in Akaila Howard and Tyson Kinnel.
In set one, the Warriors dominated play from beginning to end. However, in set two, the locals ran into a little bit of energy drop off.
“We ran into several hitting errors in a row and Xenia took complete advantage of that,” said Coach John Herzer.
In set three and four, Wayne dominated again.
“We really just took the will out of Xenia,” said Coach Herzer. “They kept trying to swing and if we didn’t block it we would get a dig and get the ball back to our outsides to put it away.”
The Lady Warriors were led on the evening by Howard as she led the team with what Coach Herzer called “an astonishing” 19 kills. Katelyn Hill and Maya Dunson contributed eight and seven kills, respectively.
“Maya had a great night hitting as she is now our primary setter,” said Coach Herzer. “Teams kind of get in a lull defensively and when she attacks instead of sets, it catches them off guard. We served well over 90 percent and ended up with 15 service aces. Maya led us with seven, Akaila and Freshman Kayla Stephens had three each.”
The Warriors had a season high 11 blocks on the evening. They were led by Stephens with four.
“I have three DS’s (defensive specialists), and they are just a joy to watch,” said Coach Herzer. “Sydney Herzer, Tyson Kinnel and Morgan Santos bring one another’s game up and each wants the best stats for the day. All season long it has been a back and forth effort from them as they challenge and help one another every game.”
Sydney Herzer led on the evening with 18 digs with Santos and Kinnel adding 11 and eight each.
“As a group, these three gave up one ace tonight while receiving 49 serves,” said Coach Herzer. “That is an awesome effort that any coach would love to have. We surrendered four aces on the night. That is one service ace per game. That is well below what any opponent wants.
Coach Herzer said he was thrilled with the team’s total effort.
“We dominated, maybe took Xenia a little lightly in set two, but refocused and came out on top,” he said. “A victory on Senior Night is something you always want for your kids. I’m happy for Akaila and Tyson, I know they are thrilled. They have been smiling all night and came out with such positive energy and focus…All in all, simply a great effort by the team tonight. Kudos to them.”