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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | November 1, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


DRYDEN — Waverly started strong, but Dryden prevailed in a hard-fought third set, then completed a come-from-behind, 3-2, win here Monday night in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C volleyball playoffs.

The Lady Wolverines won an epic first set 27-25, then took a 2-0 lead with a 25-21 win in the second set.

The Lady Purple Lions fended off Waverly in the third set, 25-21, then pulled out wins of 25-18 and 25-19 to advance to a quarter-final match-up at top-seeded Lansing.

Eighth-grader Brilynn Belles led Waverly with 16 service points, including 10 aces, and 15 digs, while junior Michael Lauper had 19 setter assists, 13 digs, four points (three aces), and two kills, and freshman Lillie Kirk had 13 points (four aces), seven digs, and two kills.

Sophomore Peyton Shaw had 12 points (three aces), nine kills, two blocks, and three digs, while senior Sydney Nierstedt had six points, four kills, and three digs, sophomore Paighten Streeter contributed three points, 11 kills, and 10 digs, sophomore Erica Ryck added two points (two aces), two digs, and four assists, and senior Derek Bartlett chipped in with two digs.

Waverly completes its season with a 7-10 record.


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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.