Troy bounces back, routs Piqua


By Josh Brown

jbrown@troydailynews.com

TROY — After being swept by undefeated Centerville on Saturday, the Troy volleyball team knew it needed to right the ship quickly.

The Trojans got their chance against Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division rival Piqua.

And Troy (5-2, 5-0 GWOC American North) took advantage of that chance, holding the Indians to only six points in a dominant opening-set showing and coasting from there to a 25-6, 25-16, 25-15 sweep Tuesday at the Trojan Activities Center to finish its first run through division play on top of the standings as the only unbeaten team left.

“We talked about it and set some goals for ourselves with how we wanted to play and how we wanted to come out and what we needed to do physically and emotionally to regroup,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We knew we had to win this match to maintain first place in the GWOC North, and how we wanted to win it was part of our regrouping process after Saturday.

“We just needed to focus on the things that we did poorly on Saturday and try to get better at those.”

A kill by Lauren Schmitz on the match’s first point gave the serve to Troy setter senior Dana Wynkoop, who immediately ran off seven straight points to put the Trojans up 8-0, and the match was never in question again. In fact, with 12 kills in the first set, Troy almost had as many as Piqua (15) did in the entire match.

“We came out on a good serving tear and were really focused on our goals, which were taking their key people out of the equation and taking care of our side of the net,” Owen said. “Making sure that, when they serve, we were in system every time. Making sure that we were eliminating our errors, which was a huge part of our issues Saturday. And we did a good job of that in the first set.

“Everybody contributed tonight, and we played calmer. We took their libero (Kelsey Magoteaux) and best hitter (Yeomans) and made them non-factors. I feel like if you can take them out of the equation, it’s going to be a good day for you. And obviously our key people were still contributing.”

And even when things weren’t going the Trojans’ way, they went the Trojans’ way.

Troy made some substitutions in the second set, and Piqua (4-2, 3-2 GWOC American North) was able to hang around a bit more. The Indians won three straight points to cut Troy’s lead at the time to 18-13, but during a lengthy rally a point later, Troy’s Camryn Moeller lost her shoe while making a diving play to keep the ball alive. The Trojan defense quickly regrouped and counter-attacked, though, and Schmitz put down a kill to make it 20-13 and keep the Trojans rolling.

“That was a good rally for us to win,” Owen said. “I just thought ‘don’t set her, please. Set someone else.’ And that’s what happened, and we won that point.”

And in the third set, kills by Schmitz and Kate Orban and two kills and a block by Brianna Slusher staked the Trojans out to a 5-0 lead, and the Indians didn’t get closer than four points the rest of the way, with two straight kills by Moeller eventually closing out the match.

“In Set 2, we changed our lineup a little, and I felt like we got a little complacent with our serving game and our passing game,” Owen said. “And that was an issue Saturday, too. We played complacent — even though we weren’t, because we knew Centerville was a good team. We just came out flat. And we knew those were things we had to fix. In Set 3, we refocused on those goals, and I thought we did a good job.”

Moeller led the Troy offense with 12 kills and added two aces, a block and 17 digs. The Trojans stayed balanced, though, with four players with five or more kills. Schmitz added nine kills and seven digs, Slusher had seven kills, two blocks and three digs, Orban had five kills, Payton Riley had three kills, a dig and a block and Carly Pfeiffer had a kill. Wynkoop finished with 34 assists and three digs, Alexa Holland had 19 digs and an ace, Kearston Riley had two aces and six digs, Morgan Baber had two assists, a dig and an ace and Emmie Jackson had a dig.

Yeomans had six kills to lead the Indians, while Magoteaux had 16 digs.

The Trojans are off until Sept. 11 when they host Beavercreek, while Piqua is back at it Thursday, hosting Trotwood.

Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

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Anthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Lauren Schmitz serves Tuesday against Piqua.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_170905aw_Troy_13-1.jpgAnthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Lauren Schmitz serves Tuesday against Piqua.

Anthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Camryn Moeller tips the ball over the net Tuesday against Piqua.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_170905aw_Troy_6-1.jpgAnthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Camryn Moeller tips the ball over the net Tuesday against Piqua.

Anthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Dana Wynkoop (3) sets the ball as teammate Payton Riley (9) looks against Piqua Tuesday at the Trojan Activities Center.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_170905aw_Troy_3_9-1.jpgAnthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Dana Wynkoop (3) sets the ball as teammate Payton Riley (9) looks against Piqua Tuesday at the Trojan Activities Center.

Anthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troys Brianna Slusher goes up for a kill Tuesday against Piqua.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_170905aw_Troy_11-1.jpgAnthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troys Brianna Slusher goes up for a kill Tuesday against Piqua.

Anthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Dana Wynkoop sets the ball Tuesday against Piqua.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_170905aw_Troy_3-1.jpgAnthony Weber/Troy Daily News Troy’s Dana Wynkoop sets the ball Tuesday against Piqua.
Trojans still unbeaten atop GWOC North