DUKE CENTER — It was, at times, peculiar, Fawn Miller acknowledged.
As part of the PIAA’s plan to move ahead with fall sports while adhering to the state’s indoors capacity restrictions, the Otto-Eldred girls volleyball team happily took the court for the first time on Monday night … but it did so without fans.
O-E, used to playing in front of friends and family at the “Terror Dome,” could feel the difference, of course. But Miller’s team managed to create its noise and energy, which propelled it to a convincing opening-night victory.
Reilly Raught totaled five aces and eight kills as O-E rolled past Northern Potter in straight sets, 25-8, 25-6, 25-14, in a North Tier League matchup. EmmaLee Sheeler added three aces and 17 assists while Anna Merry notched six aces for the Terrors, who again have their sights set high after returning five starters from a team that finished second in the NTL with a 14-2 record a year ago.
Monday marked the first night in over six months (March 11) with an in-season Big 30 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To Miller, the bigger victory was simply being able to play again.
“It felt different, but our kids were still really excited; they were ready to play,” she said. “It was definitely odd. It was just quiet in the gym at times. I feel like the girls were trying to counter that by trying to be loud on both sides, which was good. It was definitely a different dynamic, but they’re playing and that’s all we can hope for.”
Morgan Dalton had three aces and six kills while Haley Cousins chipped in four kills for the Terrors. Madison Hoops (11 digs), Courtney Martin (6 digs, 2 kills) and Rebecca Martin (4 kills, 3 digs) each had key nights for NoPo.
“We have a good group of girls,” Miller went on. “We have five returning starters, so it should be a good season.”
Port Allegany 3, Austin 1
AUSTIN — Port Allegany took a 3-1 road win (25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 25-21) at Austin.
For the Lady Gators (1-0, 1-0), Tori Tanner had five aces and seven digs, Shannon Curfman registered four aces and five kills and Jade Evens tallied eight kills. Marah Rush provided the passing with 14 assists.
Austin’s (0-1, 0-1) Ella Brewer had 15 service points with four aces, while Kylie Welsh had seven kills and two blocks.
Coudersport 3, Oswayo Valley 1
COUDERSPORT — After dropping the first set, Coudersport stormed back for a 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21) win over Oswayo Valley.
The Lady Falcons (1-0, 1-0) were paced by Sarah Atherholt’s 11 kills, two aces and two points and Avaree Kellert’s nine kills, 10 digs, nine aces and 16 points.
Makenzie Gentzyel added 12 digs, while Mikayla Kavounas supplied 19 assists.
“What a great opener,” Coudy coach Brittany Foschia said. “It was a back-and-forth battle from start to finish. We made a few adjustments, kept the pressure on for serving and forced a lot of free balls, which we executed very well.”
For OV (0-1, 0-1), Brooke George racked up 12 service points, four aces and six digs, while Trinity Lundy added nine assists and seven points. Karyn Brabham had eight points, eight aces and five digs, while Macy West had five blocks.
Galeton 3, Smethport 0
SMETHPORT — Galeton cruised to a 3-0 sweep (25-9, 25-23, 25-13) of the host Lady Hubbers.
For Smethport (0-1, 0-1), Bailey Fitzsimmons registered six digs and an assist, while Chloe Costa had eight digs, an assist and an ace. Alyn Thomas had five blocks, an ace and three kills.
Statistics for Galeton (1-0, 1-0) were not available.
Cameron County 3, Johnsonburg 2
EMPORIUM — Cameron County opened the season with a back-and-forth, 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 25-15, 23-25, 15-12) victory over Johnsonburg Monday.
The Red Raiders were led by Morgan Lorenzo, who tallied 17 points with nine kills and 20 digs.
Kaelee Bresslin added 10 points and 11 kills while Mallory McKimm registered seven points, nine kills and four blocks. Reggie Goodrow also came up with seven points along with 26 assists.
“I thought we played well against a team we hadn’t seen before,” head coach Jenn Dixon said. “The girls came out a little slow but turned it out toward the end, and I was really happy with the way they held themselves together and turned the game around.”
Statistics for Johnsonburg were not available.