HAVILAND - After suffering a disappointing five-set loss to county rival Antwerp on Tuesday, the Wayne Trace volleyball team came in to Thursday’s match with Ottoville needing a victory.

The Raiders got just that, albeit a long, hard-fought one.

Trailing 2-1 after three sets, Wayne Trace never trailed in game four and led most of the way in posting a 16-14 decisive fifth set victory over the Lady Green.

The Raiders took game one 25-23 before Ottoville answered by winning game two 25-18 and the third set 25-11.

Wayne Trace improves to 5-5 on the season with the victory, breaking a four-match losing streak in the process. Ottoville falls to 3-7 with the loss, dropping its third straight match.

In the fifth set, it was the Big Green who struck first.

A tip by Kylee Hoersten and a slam from Brynlee Hanneman helped Ottoville take a 3-0 advantage before Wayne Trace answered.

An ace by Brooke Greulach and a kill by Alli Hefner helped the Raiders in a six-point spurt that put Wayne Trace on top 6-3.

After a kill from Hanneman, a block from Hefner answered for Wayne Trace as the Raiders extended the margin to 8-4.

Ottoville trimmed the deficit to 10-7 on a kill by Sydney Brinkman and a tip for a point from Hoersten but the Big Green wasn’t done.

Following a pair of Ottoville hitting errors that pushed the Raider lead to 12-7, a slam from Quinley Schlagbaum along with two kills by Hanneman to pull within 13-12.

Hefner responded with a block for a Raider point but a Wayne Trace service error and a Hanneman kill knotted the set at 14-14.

Wayne Trace, though, would then wrap up the match on a block by Hefner and a Kaylee Shepherd serve that the Big Green couldn’t handle to seal the 16-14 victory.

“It is a big win for us,” said Raider head coach Angie Speice. “We had a tough loss on Tuesday but the girls responded well tonight. We had a stretch there where we didn’t play well in game three and we had a talk between games about playing to our capabilities. I thought the girls did a much better job of that in game four and five.”

Alli Hefner posted 11 kills for the Raiders while adding seven blocks and two aces. Kaylee Shepherd recorded 19 assists and 21 digs and chipped in two aces and three kills as well.

Miriam Sinn posted five kills, nine assists and 20 digs while Sadie Sinn had 17 digs, two kills and two aces.