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Tioga County Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — The Owego volleyball team returned to the state playoffs Saturday with a regional battle against Section I champion Byram Hills.

The River Hawks started out strong, winning the opening game, 25-18, but BH would regroup for a 3-1 victory to end Owego’s season.

“Overall, we went to the hitters that were doing their job and I think that's what helped us, and we kept tooling their block, which then they couldn't defend after that,” said Owego coach Abbey Manning.

The Bobcats evened things up with a 25-10 victory in game two, followed by 25-20 and 25-15 wins in the final two sets.

“We were giving error after error it felt like, but they kept fighting,” Manning said. “They kept battling for every point. They wanted to come back, but getting into a 10-point deficit and more is a hard comeback to win against when you're going against a pretty solid team.”

Maggie Hamed and Lexi Herceg recorded double-doubles with Hamed recording 14 kills and a dozen digs, and Herceg dishing out 11 assists anh 14 digs to go with three kills and two blocks.

Bella Miller added eight assists and eight digs; Shannon Maslin had 13 digs and a pair of assists; Emma Bryant chipped in with six kills and three digs; and Logan Georgia tacked on three blocks and two kills.

Michaela Terry registered six kills, two blocks and one assist; Sofia Silvanic had seven digs and two assists; and Kayla Newman pitched in with one block and one assist.

The River Hawks ended their season at 16-3, advancing to regional play after upsetting top-seeded Maine-Endwell in the Section IV finals.

Owego also avenged one of its regular season losses along the way, sweeping Windsor on the Black Knights’ home court, then sweeping them again to claim the STAC championship.

For the Bobcats (21-3), the win is a continuation of their dream season. They had never won a sectional championship until recently knocking off John Jay-Cross River.

BH went on to upset Wallkill, a New York Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention which had upended 4th-ranked Hendrick Hudson to claim the Section IX title. Like they did against Owego, the Bobcats dropped the first set, then rallied to take the next three.


IN PHOTO 1: Owego’s Logan Georgia (L) and Emma Bryant. ... PHOTOS BY MATT PATTON.

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