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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | October 23, 2021 | Photo courtesy Matt Patton


WAVERLY — Tioga stayed on track for its Small School Division playoff game at Candor with a sweep of Waverly here Saturday morning in IAC volleyball action.

The Lady Tigers, now 14-1, won by scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-23.

Junior Hailey Browne led Tioga with 13 points, including two aces, while junior Kyra Bailey had eight points, senior Austyn Vance had seven points (two aces), two kills, and three digs, and senior Julia Bellis had five points, five kills, one block, and two digs.

Junior Reese Howey had four points and a career-high eight blocks in the win, while senior Emme Hall had three points (two aces), and two setter assists, while senior Molly Bombard doled out nine assists, senior Mariah Nichols registered three kills and two blocks, sophomore Lily Mesler added five assists, and Megan Shumway chipped in with two blocks.

Eighth-grader Brilynn Belles led Waverly with 11 points, including four aces, and nine digs, while junior Michael Lauper had seven points, nine assists, and four digs, and freshman Lillie Kirk had six points (two aces), five kills, and four digs.

Sophomore Paighten Streeter had two points, four kills, and nine digs for the Lady Wolverines, while sophomore Peyton Shaw had five kills and two digs, senior Sydney Nierstedt registered four kills, one block, and two digs, senior Derek Bartlett added four digs, and sophomore Erica Ryck chipped in with two assists.

With a win Monday at Newark Valley, Tioga will square off with Candor (at Candor) Wednesday for the IAC South Small School title. Waverly, now 5-9, hosts Watkins Glen Monday, then travels to Watkins Glen Tuesday to close out the regular season.


About the Author

Tim Birney Author Bio

Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.