By: Tim Birney | | October 13, 2021


TOWANDA — Back at full strength, Athens put together one of its best performances of the season in a sweep of Towanda here Wednesday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats, who were without two starters Tuesday in a loss to Wellsboro, won by scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-20.

“It was a great ‘team’ effort,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “No ‘one’ individual outperformed the other. They all did it together.”

The Wildcats were nearly perfect at the service line, putting 64 of 70 serves (91 percent) in play.

Jenny Ryan led Athens with five service points, four kills, one block and four digs, while Audrey Clare had three service aces, eight kills, and seven digs, and Kassie Babcock had two aces, eighth kills and three digs.

Ella Coyle recorded 18 digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Ally Martin had two aces, four kills, and six digs, Braelynn Wood had two aces, three kills, and four digs, Taylor Walker had five kills and six digs, Cailin McDaniel added four digs, and Cassy Friend chipped in with one block.

Paige Manchester had 21 kills, two blocks, two points, and 10 digs for Towanda, as Addy Maynard had eight points, and nine digs.

Maddy Maynard finished with six points, and 11 digs, as Aliyah Nimmo had a point, with six digs.

Athens, now 4-5, returns to action Thursday night at North Penn-Liberty in its third road match in as many nights.


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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).