NTL VOLLEYBALL: CLOSE LOSSES COSTLY IN TROY'S RUN FOR PLAYOFF BERTH IN 2022
(2022-11-15)Northern Tier Sports Report
The Troy volleyball team made a run at the playoffs, but lost a few too many five- and four-set matches to get in, as they finished 6-12 on the season.
“The season went well,” said first-year coach Abigail Herman. “Although we did not qualify for districts there were many five-set games that could have put us in, had we just capitalized sooner.
“The girls worked hard together, and pushed each other on the court,” she noted. “They were a great group of girls that were very coachable throughout the season.
“It was a great first year for all of us, even though we didn’t make districts,” added Herman.
They opened with a 3-1 thriller over Sayre, then lost a tough 3-1 match to defending district champs Wyalusing.
They were the closest team to knocking off NPL this year, falling 3-2.
They also had tough losses to Athens (3-1), and Canton (3-2).
They swept Towanda (3-2, both times), and did get a 3-2 win over playoff bound NEB early in the season.
At one point, the Trojans were 5-5, but went 1-7 the rest of the way.
Meredith Cole led Troy in kills with 145, while Kali Ayres (86), Savanna Spencer (83), and Madison Vargas (81) all had more than 80 kills on the season.
Cole (237) and Ayres (234) each had more than 200 digs, as Vargas (160), and Lydia Lewis (152) both topped 100.
Ayres (209) led the team in assists, with Vargas (175) a close second.
Cole also led the team in aces with 41, as Vargas (27), Ayres (26), and Rachel Jackson (20) also were strong with the serve.
Spencer (23) led the team in blocks, followed by Josie Kerrick (17) and Ayres (16).
Cole, Spencer, Lewis, and Vargas will all be graduating as part of a big senior class.
“Losing seven seniors is going to hurt us for next year,” said Herman. “But I think the girls moving up are ready to take on the league hard, and push us over .500 next year.”
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