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Tioga County Sports Report
CORNING — Owego was looking to make yet another return trip to regionals, but top-seeded Maine-Endwell had other ideas, winning a 3-2 battle over the Indians at the Section IV Class B Volleyball Championships here Saturday.

“We came into this game playing nervous, especially starting off in the first set,” Owego coach Abbey Manning said. “When the second set started, I told them that they have to go out and give it everything they have; they did and they had fun doing it. That energy from the second set led into the third. They continued to compete and battle until the fifth and final set."

The Spartans won a tough fight in the opening set, 25-21, but Owego took the next with a dominant 25-8 win. The Indians scored 11 of the first 13 points and never looked back.

The third set went the Indians’ way as well as they were victorious, 25-18.

Unfortunately for Owego, it was unable to hold onto leads in the final two sets. In the fourth set, the Indians were ahead 24-21 late and were within a point of the win at 25-24 before falling, 28-26. The final set saw M-E jump in front, 5-1, but Owego battled to go ahead, 13-11, before the Spartans score the final four points to win, 15-11.

“Volleyball is a game of who makes the least amount of errors and unfortunately we were on the wrong end, but again they were doing everything possible to continue to slow down our side of the court to play the game like they have all season long with the skill and knowledge they have of the game.”

Sophia Palladino recorded 22 kills, eight bigs and three aces; Maggie Hamed had 17 kills and two digs; Lwxi Herceg dished out 24 assists and had four digs and an ace; and Bella Miller handed out 14 assists to go with five digs, four aces and a kill.

Saylor Ayers posted 13 digs, three aces, a kill and an assist; Michaela Terry had seven kills, five blocks, two assists and one ace; Logan Georgia had five kills and one block; Emma Bryant added two kills and Kayla Newman tacked on one kill.

“Obviously this was not the way we wanted the season to end, but the girls absolutely played their hearts out and left everything they had on that court,” Manning said. “I seriously could not be more proud to be this incredible team’s coach.

“We will miss our seniors, Sophia, Saylor and Sarah (Terry). Thank you guys for giving your all every single point this season. You all have accomplished so much already and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in your future in all aspects!”

Owego finishes the season with a 14-2 record.


IN PHOTO 1: Owego’s Saylor Ayers. ... PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES.

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