ATHENS TOPS TROY, 3-1

ATHENS TOPS TROY, 3-1

September 27, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Troy was able to force a fourth set, but Athens got back on the winning track with a 3-1 win here Tuesday night in NTL Large School Division volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats, who snap a three-game skid with the win, won the first two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-14, before the Lady Trojans prevailed, 25-17, in the third set. Athens closed out the match with a 25-20 win in the fourth set.

Senior Jenny Ryan led Athens with four points, six kills, two blocks, 16 setter assists, and 17 digs, while senior Audrey Clare had seven kills, seven assists, and 11 digs, and junior Emily Marshall chipped in with three points, including two aces.

Kassie Babcock had two points, six kills, and eight digs in the win, while senior Cassy Friend registered five kills and three blocks, senior Cailin McDaniel added five kills and two digs, sophomore Ella Coyle recorded 22 digs, and senior Braelyn Wood notched 13 digs.

Athens, now 4-5, returns to action Thursday at North Penn-Liberty.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS SWEPT BY WYALUSING

ATHENS SWEPT BY WYALUSING

September 22, 2022 Tim Birney

WYALUSING — Wyalusing pulled out a tightly-contested first set, then cruised to a sweep of Athens here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Rams won the first set, 26-24, then closed out the match with wins of 25-12 and 25-18.

“We are really distracted, we have been playing distracted for a bit now,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “I think I am coaching distracted, too.

“We are always worried about the next play before the play that is in motion is finished, coach included.

We’re going back to one point at a time mindset and focus,” added Hanson. “Reset and regroup … don’t really know what else to say.”

Jenny Ryan led Athens with two aces, nine digs, nine setter assists, three kills, and one block, while Audrey Clare had there kills and seven digs, Braelynn Wood had three kills and nine digs, and Kassie Babcock had two kills and two assists.

Ella Coyle recorded seven digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Emily Marshall added six digs, Cailin McDaniel chipped in with two kills, and Cassy Friend registered two blocks.

Athens, now 3-3, is on the road Saturday to play Lake Lehman and Blue Ridge.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS DROPS FIVE-SET DECISION TO WILLIAMSON

ATHENS DROPS FIVE-SET DECISION TO WILLIAMSON

September 20, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — For the second time in five days, Athens found itself in an epic five-set battle. This time, however, the Lady Wildcats came up short in a 3-2 loss to Williamson here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

On Thursday, Athens trailed 2-1, but rallied to beat Sayre. Tuesday night was a complete 180-degree reversal.

Athens opened the night with a 25-23 come-from-behind win over Williamson, which won the second set, 25-11. The Lady Wildcats bounced back with a 25-23 win in the third set, but the Lady Warriors won a 26-24 slugfest in the fourth set, and won the decisive fifth set, 15-8.

“It was an awesome match tonight,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “It was a battle to the end.

“Williamson has some huge lefties who know when to swing and when to tip,” noted Hanson.

“For us, Ella Coyle was everywhere tonight … I see the fire in her eyes for more,” she added. “And Kassie Babcock had four aces that really fired us up.”

Kassie Babcock led Athens with five service points, including four aces, five kills, and 14 digs, while Audrey Clare had four points, 11 kills, and 13 digs, and Jenny Ryan had two points, seven kills, one block, 13 setter assists, and 17 digs.

Braelynn Wood added three points, two kills, three assists, and seven digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Cassy Friend registered two kills and three blocks, Coyle recorded 26 digs, Keaton Wiles chipped in with two points and one block.

Athens, now 3-2, returns to action Thursday at Wyalusing.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS RALLIES TO TOP SAYRE IN FIVE-SET THRILLER

ATHENS RALLIES TO TOP SAYRE IN FIVE-SET THRILLER

September 15, 2022 Tim Birney

SAYRE — Senior Jenny Ryan posted a quadruple-double, and senior Audrey Clare added a triple-doubles to lead Athens in a come-from-behind, 3-2, win over Sayre here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Redskins did not play like a team searching for its first win. After dropping the first set, 25-13, Sayre bounced back to win the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-21.

The Lady Wildcats re-grouped and evened the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth set, then pulled out a 15-11 win in the decisive fifth set.

“Oh my goodness what a game,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “Sayre played incredible tonight, they would not let the ball hit the floor. They totally wanted it and came back with fire after the first game.

“We were pretty full of it after the first game and Sayre shut us down, not once but twice actually, and  almost a third time,” noted Hanson.”

Hanson gave kudos to Ryan and Clare after the win.

Jenny Ryan played and all-around incredible game,” she said. “High in kills, and second in digs, while also running the court and being a leader.

“Audrey Clare’s serving in the third game got us our spark back,” noted Hanson. “Even though we lost the third game, it reminded everyone we are a good team and we can do this.

“Overall, I was really encouraged by our strong serving,” added Hanson. “We had 105 serves and only missed 10 — that’s incredible.”

Ryan led Athens with 17 service points, including five aces, 22 setter assists, 14 kills,, two blocks, and 27 digs, while Clare had 10 points (two aces), 13 kills, and 11 digs.

Sophomore Kassie Babcock had nine points, 29 digs, and three kills in the win, while senior Braelynn Wood had four points, six kills, and 15 digs, junior Izzy Davis had three points and six digs, and senior Cailin McDaniel added two points and two digs.

Senior Cassy Friend registered four kills and one block for the Lady Wildcats, while sophomore Ella Coyle recorded 29 digs, junior Samantha Mack chipped in with three digs, and sophomore Keaton Wiles had two kills.

Senior Maddison Belles led Sayre with 22 points, including five aces, six kills, and 14 digs, while senior Gabby Shaw had 10 points (three aces), seven kills, two blocks, and 12 digs, sophomore Mazlin VanDuzer added five points, and senior Elizabeth Boyle had three points and 26 setter assists.

Senior Aliyah Rawling had two points, five kills, and seven digs for the Lady Redskins, while sophomore Raegan Parrish registered four kills, and eight digs, senior Makenna Garrison added two kills, and 14 digs, and sophomore Abbie McGaughey chipped in with two points, and two digs.

Athens, now 3-1, returns to action Saturday at the Tunkhannock Tournament, while Sayre (0-4) hosts Galeton Saturday at noon.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS FALLS IN SEMIS AT WILLIAMSON TOURNEY

ATHENS FALLS IN SEMIS AT WILLIAMSON TOURNEY

September 10, 2022 Tim Birney

TIOGA JUNCTION — Athens advanced to the semifinals, while Sayre fell in the quarterfinals — both losing to eventual runner-up Coudersport — here Saturday at the annual Williamson Volleyball Tournament.

Coudersport and NEB both finished 6-2 in Pool B, with Coudersport winning the pool via the tiebreaker. Athens was third at 4-4, with Northern Potter and Towanda, fourth and fifth, respectively — both at 2-6.

Williamson and Galeton both finished 6-2 in Pool A, with the host Lady Tigers winning the tiebreaker and the pool. Canton was third at 3-5, taking the tiebreaker from Sayre, which finished fourth at 3-5. Troy finished fifth at 2-6.

In the quarterfinals, Athens upended Galeton, 25-19, while Sayre dropped a 25-19 decision to Coudersport.

Athens was then swept by Coudersport, 25-20 and 25-18, in the semifinals.

Williamson swept Coudersport by scores of 25-16 and 25-13 in the championship match.

Sayre travels to Canton Tuesday, then hosts Athens Thursday.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS RALLIES TO TOP COWANESQUE VALLEY, 3-1

ATHENS RALLIES TO TOP COWANESQUE VALLEY, 3-1

September 8, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens overcame a slow start and rallied for a 3-1 win over Cowanesque Valley here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Indians won the first set 25-23, but the Lady Wildcats bounced back to win the next three sets by scores of 25-14, 15-9, and 25-20.

“We had a slow start, which CV totally jumped on,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “CV played well tonight and was very determined. We needed a reality check that teams aren’t going to wait for us to catch up.

“We need to refocus on basics and communication.

“Everyone saw playing time tonight which is awesome to see the team mesh with each other and not panic,” she noted.

“I know we are finding our rhythm right now,” Hanson added. “I am not patient when it comes to that part, but it’s not about me it’s about the team believing and trusting in each other.  It’s on them to become that unstoppable team if that’s what they want.

Audrey Clare led Athens with nine service points, including six aces, 14 kills, two setter assists and 13 digs, while Jenny Ryan had two points (two aces), eight kills, 24 assists, and eight digs, and Braelynn Wood had nine kills and seven digs.

Cassy Friend had two points, three kills, three blocks, and six digs in the win, while Kassie Babcock had three points, seven kills, and one block, Ella Coyle recorded seven digs, and Keaton Wiles added four points — all aces.

Athens, now 2-1, returns to action Saturday at the Williamson Tournament.

Read More

 
 
 
CANTON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

CANTON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

September 6, 2022 Tim Birney

CANTON — Canton continued it strong early-season play, sweeping Athens here Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Warriors won by scores of 25-17, 25-17, and 25-21.

“Tonight was the Wildcats versus the Wildcats,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “If we got the serve over, then we couldn’t get the pass. If we got the pass, we couldn’t get the hit. There was no fun in our fundamentals tonight.

“Maybe it was having a three-day break and only practicing on Monday that got us,” noted Hanson. “These girls play hard and work hard. So do other teams, so we always need to rise to the occasion and be psyched up and we were not tonight.

“I am going to take my own advice with what I told the girl,” she added. “There is no sense dwelling on it. It will waste too much time and that time needs to be focused on getting reworked for CV (Thursday) and the Williamson Tournament this Saturday.

Jenny Ryan led Athens with 12 digs, 10 setter assists, four kills, and block, while Kassie Babcock had 10 digs, two kills, and one block, and Audrey Clare had three points, including two aces, seven kills, six digs, and two assists.

“Jenny Ryan played great tonight having a solo block as a 5-3 setter and being our top hitter,” said Hanson. “Kassie Babcock had some huge hits, getting some momentum going.”

Braelynn Wood four kills and eight digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Ella Coyle nine digs and two kills, and, Cailin McDaniel had two points, two kills, and one block.

Athens, now 1-1, hosts Cowanesque Valley Thursday.

Read More

 
 
 
ATHENS SWEEPS NEB IN SEASON OPENER

ATHENS SWEEPS NEB IN SEASON OPENER

September 1, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens pulled out a close decision in the second set on its way to a season-opening sweep of Northeast Bradford here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats won by scores of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-15.

“It’s a beautiful start to the season,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “The girls were extremely fired up.

“We definitely got the nervous jitters out of the way, and then I got to see some incredible plays and hitting I hadn’t seen before,” she noted.

“Jenny Ryan, one of our captains, did an excellent job running the floor, making it look incredibly easy, with 30 assists tonight and six of the eight girls getting multiple kills. This girl moves the ball!

“Sophomore Kassie Babcock had an incredible game tonight,” added Hanson. “If she wasn’t smashing the ball down, she was hitting the floor digging. It was incredible and so exciting to see Jenny and her connect like that.”

Ryan, a senior, led Athens with six points, four kills, two digs, and 30 setter assists, while Babcock had two points, six kills, and nine digs, and senior Audrey Clare had five points, a team-high seven kills, two assists, and two digs.

Senior Cassy Friend recorded four points, three kills, and three blocks, while senior Cailin McDaniel registered five kills and two digs, senior Braelynn Wood had six kills and a team-high 11 digs, and sophomore Ella Coyle added 10 digs.

Cassy Friend was a wall tonight, with three solo blocks and a ton of blocked balls that were kept in play, but definitely got the girls fired up,” said Hanson.

Cailin McDaniel showed control in her offense,” she noted. “Audrey Clare had solid hits and digs. When Audrey hits a ball the sound it makes is just the best! She played one heck of a game tonight.

“Braelynn Wood had amazing shots tonight,” continued Hanson. “She knew where the open spots were and focused on getting the ball there. Her ball control and ability to read hitters was awesome.

Ella Coyle and Braelynn (Wood) had double-digit digs tonight,” added Hanson. “Ella is starting to show her passion and hunger for getting that ball.  She is everywhere and showing that confidence and craziness only liberos show.”

Athens returns to action Tuesday at Canton.

Read More