By: Tim Birney | | October 8, 2020 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


TOWANDA — Athens bounced back from a four-set loss at North Penn-Liberty Tuesday, with a sweep of Towanda here Thursday night in NTL Large School volleyball action.

Last year, Athens twice won the first two sets against Towanda, only to lose the next three.

The Lady Wildcats won by scores 25-18, 25-18, and 25-19.

Athens coach Heather Hanson was pleased with her team’s poise and concentration.

“I’m glad we didn't give them a set, it’s something we’ve been working on.

“It was deathly silent in the gym, so the girls did great dealing with it and trying their best to make noise.,” noted Hanson.

Senior Leah Liechty led the Lady Wildcats, registering 17 kills and two assists.

“Leah Liechty was on fire tonight,” said Hanson. “It was great to see.”

Senior Kayleigh Miller had 36 setter assists, 12 digs, and two service aces for Athens, while senior Taylor Field recorded 19 digs and two aces, senior Kylie Jayne had 10 kills, five digs, and three aces, and junior Ally Martin had seven kills, four digs, and three aces.

Sophomore Jenny Ryan had seven digs, four kills, and three aces in the win, while junior Taylor Walker had five kills, four digs, and three aces, senior Grace Witherow added seven digs, and senior Gia Perry chipped in with three digs.

DaLanie Pepper led Towanda with five service points, 15 assists, nine digs, and two kills, while Paige Manchester had seven points, nine kills, thee blocks, and six digs, Grace Schoonover registered nine kills and four blocks, Blaze Wood added seven digs and thee kills, and Amanda Horton chipped in with two points and seven digs.

Athens, now 6-3, hosts Wellsboro Tuesday.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).