NTL VOLLEYBALL: TOWANDA BATTLES THROUGH TOUGH SEASON
(2022-11-17)Northern Tier Sports Report
Towanda celebrated coach Linda Messner’s 50th year at the helm this past season, though it was a difficult one on the court, as they went 5-14.
The Knights seemed to be one of those teams that couldn’t catch a break on the court, losing four matches in 3-2, and another four 3-1. They pull a few of those out and they’re going to districts.
They did get a split over playoff team NEB, while losing to semifinalist Athens, twice, 3-1, semifinalist Williamson 3-1, and rival and district finalist Wyalusing 3-1.
Towanda did sweep Sayre on the year, while also beating CV and Loyalsock.
Paige Manchester once again proved to be one of the fiercest hitters in the league, and they were one of the biggest teams in the district, thanks to Manchester, Gracie Schoonover, Winter Saxer, and Kaitlyn Williams.
An injury to Schoonover, though, affected their front line defense during the second half of the season.
Towanda had a big senior class, too, as they’ll say good-bye to those four girls, plus libero Aziza Ismailova, setter Brea Overpeck, and back line player Addie Maynard.
All seven either started, or were part of the rotation, for Towanda. They’ve been the backbone of the team for the past three seasons.
They do return setter Shay Greenland, along with freshman standout Brynn Woodruff.
One thing is for sure, when coach Messner takes the reigns for her 51st season, the Knights will look very different.
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