NTL VOLLEYBALL: TROY HAS A STRONG SEASON IN 2023
(2023-11-15)Northern Tier Sports Report
After a couple seasons of rebuilding Troy volleyball got back to the postseason for the first time since 2020, reaching the district semifinals.
“We made our goal and can only look to improve our record for next year,” said coach Abby Herman. “These girls worked hard and pushed through some tough games but had each others backs. I am proud of how far they have come together since last year and how many of them stepped up to fill our missing spots.”
The Trojans went 12-8 during the regular season, opening the year with three straight wins over Hughesville (3-0), Sayre (3-0), and Wyalusing (3-0).
Their first loss was to league champs, NPL (3-1), but then rebound with a win over playoff team Wellsboro (3-0).
A rough stretch followed, falling to district champs NEB (3-0), district runners-up CV (3-2), and playoff team Williamson (3-0) to fall to 4-4.
They rallied, winning four of their next five matches, including wins over Canton (3-0, 3-1), Athens (3-0), and Towanda (3-1).
Back to back losses to NEB (3-1) and Loyalsock (3-0) saw them fall to 8-7.
With the playoffs on the line Troy won their next two matches, getting the season sweeps over Wellsboro (3-1) and Towanda (3-0) to secure a playoff bid.
They followed that with wins over Athens (3-0) and Hughesville (3-0), before falling to NPL (3-0) in their final match of the regular season.
The Trojans would pull out a five set thriller over Williamson (3-2) to reach the final four, where they eventually lost to the Panthers.
Aryana Andrus led Troy in kills (172) and blocks (63) while Kali Ayres had a strong all-around season with 141 kills, a team leading 248 assists, 237 points, 90 aces, and 209 digs.
Brenna Jackson finished with 210 assists, 78 kills, and 186 digs, as Rachel Jackson had 178 digs.
Marlee Stanton (111) and Josie Kerrick (106) both finished with over 100 kills, as well.
They say good-bye to key seniors Rachel Jackson and Taleka Stahle, but return the bulk of their team, a sign that the best is yet to come for Troy.
“It’s great to have some young players get varsity experience and I cannot wait to see what we can do next year with the returning players,” Herman said.
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