By: Tim Birney | | October 26, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


ATHENS — For all intents and purposes, Athens’ volleyball season ended Saturday with a loss in the opening round of the District 2-4 Sub-Regionals, but it  still had a couple league games remaining this week.

After a good performance in a non-league loss at Corning Monday, Athens coach Heather Hanson decided to let her young team have a little fun Tuesday in what turned out to be a 3-1 home loss to Wellsboro.

“I did a skills challenge for the girls when we played Corning,” said Hanson. “If they achieved the goal I had set for them, they would be able to create the line ups for tonight's match.

“Let the girls be in charge of the line-ups for this game,” she noted. “Everyone wanted to try different spots so I put it in their hands, and every once in awhile made a suggestion.

“It was fun to watch them play and try something different,” added Hanson. “They played really well.”

Junior Jenny Ryan had a triple-double to lead the Lady Wildcats, registering 14 service points (two aces), 17 kills, 21 digs, and seven setter assists, while senior Ally Martin had 10 points six kills, and 11 digs, and freshman Kassie Babcock had eight points, six kills, and 10 digs.

Senior Taylor Walker had seven points, six kills, and six digs for Athens, while junior Cailin McDaniel had six points (two aces), and two digs, freshman Ella Coyle had four points and 24 digs, junior Audrey Clare had four points, three kills, and 10 digs, and junior Braelynn Wood had four points and 14 digs.

Athens, now 6-9, closes out the season Thursday when it hosts North Penn-Liberty.




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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).