By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | October 4, 2022 | Photo courtesy Chris Manning


TOWANDA — Short-handed Athens, led by senior Jenny Ryan’s quadruple-double, got stronger as the night went on, rallying after dropping the first set for a 3-1 win over Towanda here Tuesday night in NTL Large School Division volleyball action.

The Lady Black Knights pulled out a 26-24 win in the first set, but the Lady Wildcats bounced back with wins of 25-21, 25-15, and 25-15.

“I am beyond proud as a coach tonight,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “We were out two starters — Braelynn Wood due to injury and Audrey Clare due to illness — but got the job done.”

Ryan posted her second quadruple-double of the season with 24 service points, including seven aces, 18 kills, 21 setter assists, and 16 digs, while sophomore Kassie Babcock had 19 points, including six assists, five kills, one block, and 15 digs, junior Emily Marshall had 18 points (three aces), two kills, eight assists, and nine digs, and sophomore Ella Coyle had three points (three aces), two kills, and 26 digs.

“Jenny Ryan played incredible tonight and definitely shined in her leadership role,” said Hanson. “The way that girl runs the floor is unbelievable. She is quick and agile, and made her passers and hitters look amazing.

“Ella Coyle’s defense and serve-receive was beautiful tonight,” noted Hanson. “Ella stepped up big and I saw her take more ownership of the entire back row … she was flying and it shows in her stats with 26 digs and 24 serve receptions.

Emily Marshall stepped up and saw a lot of playing time, along with Sammi Mack — both did great,” added Hanson.

Senior Cassy Friend had seven points, and 12 kills, while senior Cailin McDaniel added three points, four kills, one block, and six digs, sophomore Keaton Wiles added four kills and two digs,, and junior Samantha Mack chipped in with three digs.

“Cassy Friend and Jenny Ryan and had some hard hits tonight. It’s really cool to see these girls really step up at this stage of the season,” said Hanson.

“Cailin McDaniel was a leader out there and is so competitive,” she added.

Athens, now 5-5, hosts Wellsboro Thursday.


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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).