Trojans have all the answers as they win NTL title
TROY - Time after time on Tuesday the Towanda Black Knights would close the gap and make the games close against the Troy Trojans.
And each and every time the Trojans had an answer on their way to a 3-0 victory, 25-19, 25-14, 25-22.
The victory gave the Trojans the NTL large-school title, their second straight league crown.
It's been the way this year has gone for the Trojans. It's been the way the last two years have gone for Troy.
Over the past two regular seasons the Trojans have had all the answers every match as they haven't lost a regular season match the past two years.
"It's the best feeling in the world," Taryn Hicks said of winning the title.
"It's amazing," Lynzi Rountree added.
In the first game the Trojans got off to a fast start, building a 5-0 lead and a 7-3 edge, but Towanda fought back, eventually tying things up at 15 all.
"We have got to stop doing that," Kelsey Bristol said of letting teams come back.
"We have to do a better job of closing things out," Rountree added.
While the Trojans let the Black Knights battle back, they had the answers as Hicks served out seven straight points to put Troy up 22-15 on their way to winning that first game.
After winning the second game, the Trojans found themselves in a tight game in the third one.
It was a back-and-fourth match, but eventually Troy began to pull away going up 21-15.
However, Towanda got six straight points, with Alacia White serving, and after a White ace and an Elizabeth Shultz kill the game was tied at 21.
With the game tied at 22 Jordan Ellsworth had a kill and an ace as Troy closed out the game, and the match.
"We did not want to go four games," Bristol said.
"We weren't even thinking about going four," Hicks said.
"We knew we could do that," Rountree said, of winning in three.
For the Trojans it's been two years of having all the answers in the regular season, but that doesn't mean they can stop working.
"We can't give away points," Kristyn Kinner said.
And, they know that they will need to be at their best when districts begin.
"We are excited," Hicks said. "We want to do it this year."
But, before districts the Trojans still have a match against Mansfield, and a chance to achieve another goal.
"We want to go undefeated," Bristol said.
For Troy the last week has been a special one as they won their tournament on Saturday and clinched the NTL on Tuesday.
"It's been amazing," Rountree said.
Rountree had 11 points, an ace, a kill, eight digs and 33 assists on Tuesday and Hicks had 13 points, three aces, 10 kills, two blocks and 13 digs.
Ellsworth had six points, four aces, 17 kills, 10 blocks and a dig, Kinner had a point, two kills, six digs and three assists and Bristol added six points, two aces, four kills and 13 digs.
Kari Ammerman had 12 digs and Jenn Shults had five points, six kills and a dig, while Melissa Hulslander had five digs.
Towanda got 13 kills, eight blocks, 10 digs and a point from Alaina Wickwire and White had eight kills, two blocks, seven digs and seven points.
Shultz had 20 digs, three kills and five blocks and Sarah Dawsey had 10 digs, three kills, a block and six points and Kayla Brown had 20 assists, eight digs, a block and a point and Tara Welliver had five kills, five blocks and a point, while Kayla Grimes had four digs and three points and Macy Elliott had a dig.
Towanda won the JV match 25-16, 23-25, 15-13.
Becca Goodenow had eight points for Towanda and Jayde Parsons had eight points and two kills, while Rylee Pepper had eight points.
Alex Gannon had a kill, Liz Mosier had six points and eight assists, Kayla Miller had five points and three kills and Sam Peachey had three points and six kills.
Lydia Eckert had four points and an ace for Towanda and Kerrigan Hoffman had eight points and an ace, while Samantha Gentile had five points and four aces.
Alexis Tedesco had a point, Kayla Laudernslager had five points and two aces, Hailey Williams had five points and Jade Fausy had two points.
Troy is at Mansfield on Thursday and Towanda hosts Athens.