WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

September 23, 2021 Tim Birney

TIOGA JUNCTION, Pa. — Williamson swept past Athens in straight sets here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action, but Lady Wildcat coach Heather Hanson said her team did itself no favors.

Our own errors cost us the match,” she said. “Athens dominated beating Athens tonight. We made so many errors … all Williamson had to do was get the ball over to our side.

“Our serve receive was brutal,” noted Hanson. “If we had the pass, we couldn't set; if we had the set; we couldn't hit; and if we got the hit, we were in the net.

All our error added up to Williamson beating us in three,” added Hanson. “We need to find a way or make one.”

Williamson won by scores of 25-17, 25-13, and 25-13.

Jenny Ryan led Athens with three service points, 14 digs, five setter assists, two kills, and two blocks, while Taylor Walker had nine digs, three kills, and two blocks, and Ella Coyle had 20 digs.

Audrey Clare recorded 16 digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Ally Martin had 12 digs, Kassie Babcock had six digs, and Cailin McDaniel and Braelynn Wood each added three digs.

Athens, now 2-3,hosts Wyalusing Tuesday.

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ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens dominated the first two sets, and fended off a Sayre rally in the third set to post a sweep of its crosstown rival here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats, now 2-2, won by scores of 25-14, 25-11, and 25-21.

“The girls played well tonight,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “I was pleased with their performance and they should be pleased with how they played.”

Audrey Clare led Athens with nine service points, including seven aces, six digs and two hits, while Jenny Ryan had six points, including five aces, five kills, and four digs, and a team-high 13 setter assists, and Kassie Babcock added three points (two aces) and three kills.

Ally Martin contributed five kills and five digs in the win, while Taylor Walker had two points, two digs, and a team-high nine kills, Ella Coyle had two points and two digs, Cailin McDaniel added two kills and two digs, and Braelynn chipped in with two points (two aces).

Rachel Vandermark led Sayre with four service aces and two digs, while Emma Smith had three aces, two aces, and two digs, Gabby Shaw registered three blocks and two digs, Alexis Frisbie recorded eight digs, Aliyah Rawlings added three digs, and Maddison Belles chipped in with one block.

Athens travels to Williamson Thursday, while Sayre, now 1-5, travels to Wyalusing.

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ATHENS SWEEPS COWANESQUE VALLEY FOR FIRST WIN OF 2021

ATHENS SWEEPS COWANESQUE VALLEY FOR FIRST WIN OF 2021

September 17, 2021 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD, Pa. — Athens posted its first win of the season Thursday, sweeping past Cowanesque Valley in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats won by scores of 25-20, 25-16, and 25-15.

“We played a good game tonight. The girls looked good,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson.

“We’re still a little quiet, but we will get there,” added Hanson.

Taylor Walker led Athens with seven service points, including five aces, three kills, one block, and three digs, while Kassie Babcock had six points, including five aces, two kills, and three digs, Jenny Ryan had four points, six kills, one block, 18 setter assists, and seven digs, and Ally Martin had two points, three digs, and a team-high 13 digs.

Audrey Clare registered a team-high nine kills and had two digs in the win, while Braelynn Wood and Ella Coyle each added two points and two digs, and Cassie Friend chipped in with three kills.

“I saw some really great plays and some nice kills by Audrey Clare,” said Hanson. “She is hitting it hard.”

Athens, now 1-2, hosts Sayre Tuesday.

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CANTON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

CANTON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

September 14, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Canton fought off Athens in the first set on its way to a sweep here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

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ATHENS WINS TUNKHANNOCK TOURNAMENT

ATHENS WINS TUNKHANNOCK TOURNAMENT

September 11, 2021 Tim Birney

TUNKHANNOCK — Athens avenged its only loss in pool play beating Tunkhannock in the finals to win the annual Tunkhannock Volleyball Tournament here Saturday afternoon.

After posting a 6-1 mark in pool play, including a win over Towanda in the opening game of the game, the Lady Wildcats swept Wyoming Area in the semifinals, then swept Tunkhannock in the championship match.

“The girls had a spark in their shorts starting our first game against Towanda,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “I saw great teamwork and communication on the court today.

“It was such an awesome experience for all of us to go from a tough loss (Friday at NEB) to big-time victory the next day,” added Hanson. “I am very proud of how the team played.”

Athens hosts Canton Tuesday night.

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NEB KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 3-1

NEB KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 3-1

September 10, 2021 Tim Birney

ROME, Pa. — Athens battled for three sets, but Northeast Bradford was dominant in the fourth set of a 3-1 win here Friday evening in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Panthers won the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-20, but the Lady Wildcats pulled out a 25-22 decision in the third set. NEB cruised to a 25-9 win in the decisive fourth set.

“Tonight was just the typical volleyball mental ups-and-downs,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “My team was quieter than I'd heard in a long time, they really had to work at being loud, which is not typical for them.

“This team has tons of potential,” she added. “I just need to have patience because they are coming along and they are going to be good.”

Jenny Ryan led Athens with nine kills, nine setter assists five digs, and two service points, while Taylor Walker had five points and two blocks, Ally Martin had four points (three aces), two kills, and 10 digs, and Ella Coyle had four points (three aces), and nine digs.

“Jenny Ryan did an amazing job running the floor touching every second ball,” said Hanson. “Taylor Walker had some huge blocks tonight changing the momentum of the game for the girls.

“Ella Coyle received an incredible game — I’m so excited for her,” noted Hanson. “And, Ally Martin was a machine; her serving game and digging was incredible.”

Audrey Clare had two points (two aces), five kills and six digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Braelynn Wood added three digs, and Kassie Babcock chipped in with two blocks.

Athens returns to action Saturday at the Tunkhannock Tournament.

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