Lady Warriors ride the Wave to victory

By Greg Smart -

Akaila Howard records a kill in a recent game.

Akaila Howard records a kill in a recent game.

Submitted photo

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Lady Warriors volleyball team achieved a three set victory in their last regular season game and GWOC tournament contest against the Greenville Green Wave 25-18, 25-16 and 25-13 on Thursday. This marked the last time that seniors Akaila Howard and Tyson Kinnel would play at home.

Coach John Herzer said he was thrilled with the performance.

“We dominated in every phase of the game,” he said. “We almost hit .500 tonight and that is unheard of. We came away with 26 kills in 56 attempts and throw 22 aces on top of that and this domination was team wide.”

Greenville struggled with their offense as Wayne ended up with a season low 26 digs on the night.

“Greenville free balled way too much to us and for some reason tonight we were more than willing to put every free ball away,” said Herzer. “Our outsides hit well and our middles contributed in a much greater fashion. We really took them out of the game early and I made an awful lot of lineup changes. With each lineup change the subs played just as hard and maintained their focus and poise. Some girls played positions tonight they have never played before and we still succeeded at a tremendous rate.”

Howard came into the night being 14 kills shy of 200 on the season. Coach Herzer readily admits he doesn’t get caught up in personal stats.

“Akaila has been my most consistent hitter for three years,” said Herzer. “I felt I owed her the chance to reach such an honored milestone for high school hitters. In the third, set I told Maya to set “K” whereever she goes. Akaila finished the night with 11 kills and ended up three shy of 200 for the season. I know she will get it in the first round of sectionals, but I was hoping she would get it at home.”

Herzer said this may have been Wayne’s most dominating performance of the season.

“Now I just have to keep the girls focused as we face Fairborn on Monday night in the first round of the sectionals,” he said.

The Warriors were led on the evening by Howard with 11 kills and freshman middle hitter Alexa Trusty, who picked a great night to have her best game, according to Herzer, with six kills in nine attempts along with two aces. She also had one block and one dig.

“I was happy for Lex, I put a lot of pressure on her six foot frame to block and hit more consistently,” said Herzer. “She has improved both physically and mentally. Her volleyball IQ is improving on a daily basis and I think she has a bright future ahead of her. I push her every day in practice to never be satisfied with where she is in her game. I look for a much improved and well rounded player in the very near future.“

Marisa Underwood led with six assists, which Herzer said was her best game of the season from the service line with three aces in nine attempts with no service errors.

Akaila Howard records a kill in a recent game. Howard records a kill in a recent game. Submitted photo

By Greg Smart

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