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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens made its first trip to a District finals — albeit the District 2-4 Sub-Regional — in 14 years last fall. It may sound cliche, but it was a total team effort, which will earn the Lady Wildcats the majority of the major awards for the 2020-21 Valley Sports Report “All-Valley” volleyball team.

Seniors Leah Liechty and Kayleigh Miller are “Co-Players of the Year,” while senior Taylor Field is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” and third-year coach Heather Hanson is the “Coach of the Year.”

Waverly 8th-grader Lillie Kirk is the 2020-21 “Newcomer of the Year.”

Liechty, a powerful middle hitter, led the Lady Wildcats with 203 kills and 38 blocks, including 29 solo blocks. She also had 74 service points,including 17 aces, 44 setter assists, and 37 digs.

Miller, a sure-handed and smooth setter, dished out 421 setter assists to top 1,000 for her career. She also had 150 service points, including 28 aces, 137 digs, and four blocks

Field led the Lady Wildcats with 427 digs, including the 1,000th of her career, and 346 serve-receives. She also had 111 service points, including 27 service aces, to go along with three kills and three setter assists.

Hanson led Athens to its third consecutive postseason appearance in her third year with the program, taking the Lady Wildcats to the finals of the District 2-4 Sub-Regionals. Hanson has 31 wins in three years.

Kirk, a versatile and athletic 8th-grader, did just about everything well in her first varsity season. She will be a mainstay on the Lady Wolverines for the next four seasons.

2020-21 All-Valley Volleyball Super 7
Leah Liechty, senior, Athens: See above.

Kayleigh Miller, senior, Athens: See above.

Taylor Field, senior Athens: See above.

Aryan Peters, junior, Waverly: A strong setter, Peters directed the Waverly offense. She was also strong in serve-receive and at the service line.
Sidney Tomasso, senior, Waverly: A gifted all-around athlete, Tomasso was a presence at the net, and also among the team leaders at the service line.

Emme Hall, junior, Tioga: A very versatile and athletic player, Hall was a force at the net, but also good on serve-receive and defense. She was among the team leaders at the service line.

Katelyn Perry, senior, Tioga: A heady player, Perry was a strong floor general for the Lady Tigers. She was also very good on serve-receive and on the service line.

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