NTL VOLLEYBALL: TOWANDA HAS AN IMPROVED 2021 CAMPAIGN
(2021-11-15)Northern Tier Sports Report
It was a bounce back year for Towanda volleyball, as they improved from their 2020 campaign, but they still came up short of the playoffs. The Black Knights improved from 5-11 to 8-9 this year, as they had an up and down season.
They never strayed too far from .500, going 3-3 to start the year, then improved to 6-5 before dropping two straight matches. A late season win over Sayre pushed them to 8-9, with one chance to make the playoffs if they got a win over NP-Liberty at home, but that match was cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols.
Highlights were a sweep of Wellsboro, with both matches going five sets, along with a five set win over NEB. However, they were swept by Athens in two late season matches, and split with Troy, including a 5-set loss late in the season at home when they were leading 2-0.
All told, Towanda kept their fans on the edge of their seats, with nine matches going more than three sets, and six going to five sets.
They also reached the final four of the Williamson Tournament to start the season.
They lose four seniors, including libero Maddie Maynard, who started the year injured, and ended the season a team high 181 digs and 26 aces. Fellow senior Aliyah Nimmo also finished the year with 150 digs, 24 aces, and 37 kills.
Paige Manchester returns, though, as she was one of the top attacking players in the area, with 253 kills, 73 blocks, and 179 digs. Gracie Schoonover, who had 119 kills and 34 blocks, along with Winter Saxer, who finished with 36 blocks, also return, creating a formidable front line for 2022.
Setter Brea Overpeck, who had 245 assists, to go with 68 kills and 88 digs, will return, along with Shay Greenland (109 digs), Addie Maynard (102 digs), and Aziza Ismailova (82 digs).
With seven of their nine key players returning, 2021 seems like a stepping stone to bigger things in 2022.
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