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NTL VOLLEYBALL: ATHENS OUTLASTS WELLSBORO IN FIVE-SET WIN (24 PHOTOS) (2020-10-13)

Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — In a back-and-forth affair, Athens prevailed in a five-set marathon over Wellsboro here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Green Hornets opened with a 25-18 win in the first set, but the Lady Wildcats bounced back with wins of 25-21, and 25-18. Wellsboro forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-11 win in the fourth set.

Athens closed out the win with a 15-11 decision in the fifth set.

“We got off to a slow start and the match was a little bit of a roller-coaster ride … and I’m not even
sure what happened the fourth game,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “However, with the random runs of errors they turned it around and fought back.

“Wellsboro did not let us get first-swing kills, we had to fight and rally and keep going,” noted Hanson. “Both teams fought hard it was a relentless match.

“Now, we see them (Wednesday) at their house,” she added. “I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Senior Kayleigh Miller had 43 setter assists, 12 digs, and three service aces, and senior Leah Liechty registered 26 kills and three aces to lead the Lady Wildcats, while senior Taylor Field recorded 26 digs, and sophomore Jenny Ryan had 11 kills and three digs.

Senior Kylie Jayne had 10 kills in the win, while junior Taylor Walker had seven digs and two aces, senior Grayce Witherow added five digs, and two aces, and junior Ally Martin chipped in with four kills and four digs.

Athens, now 7-3, travels to Wellsboro (6-2) Wednesday night.

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior Kayleigh Miller. … PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS.


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