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NTL VOLLEYBALL: CANTON MAKES COACH WESNESKI'S FINAL YEAR A MEMORABLE ONE (2022-11-22)

Northern Tier Sports Report
It was coach Sheila Wesneski’s final year at the helm of Canton volleyball, and the team made sure to make it a memorable one.

The Warriors won their fifth straight league title, and even reached the District IV, Class A title game for the fifth straight year, too, but fell to Galeton.


“The season didn’t end how the players wanted it to,” said coach Wesneski. “They were a team of actual eight players the thad some underclassmen, making it a team of 10. Those underclassmen had to step in, and fill positions in any given day.”


They were hit with the injury bug with setter Allyson Butcher missing much of the season, but rolled with the punches as they gutted out wins to claim the Small School title.


“This team faced a lot of adversity throughout the season, and sometimes daily, but they kept pushing through it every day, and give their best effort,” said Wesneski. “I am proud of all they have accomplished, and honored to have had the experience of coaching them.”


The Warriors went 17-4 on the season, and opened with five straight wins. The biggest was a 3-2 victory at Wyalusing where they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to pull out the win, and take control of the division.


They battled Large School power NP-Liberty to a 3-1 loss, but recovered with a six match win streak. That included wins over playoffs teams Wellsboro (3-1), NEB (3-1), and Williamson (3-0), while they survived a 3-2 match against Troy, which started their toughest stretch of the season.


They couldn’t rally in a 3-1 loss to NEB, then lost 3-0 two matches later to Williamson, putting Wyalusing in the driver’s seat for the division title.


A 3-1 win at Galeton seemed to right the ship, and, in the biggest match of the season, they pulled out a 3-2 victory over Wyalusing at home to retake the division lead.


They won their final three matches in sweeps, including a 3-0 win over CV that secured them the division championship.


Galeton would get revenge on Canton, beating them 3-0 at districts.


Aislyn Williams found herself in a very different role this season, moving to the setter spot with Butcher out. She still managed 131 kills, good for third on the team, and led Canton with 33 blocks, but also had 236 assists to go with 187 digs.


Fellow senior Keri Wesneski led the team in kills with 148, to go with 179 digs, while Jillaney Hartford had 144 kills, and 25 blocks.


Libero Marissa Ostrander had a team leading 248 digs, while Butcher did get 126 assists before she went down with an injury.


All five of those girls - plus Gabby Spencer, and Madison Hulbert - will be graduating, making way for another group of Canton players.


Kendall Kitchen, who recorded a 150 digs and 67 kills, will be returning, along with other newcomers Chelsea Lehman and Tara Gilbert. JV setter Addie Pepper also saw some varsity action.


But it will definitely be a different team next year, with a different feel, as the Warriors will turn the page to a new chapter of Canton volleyball.



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