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NP-Liberty seniors reflect on historic run in girls volleyball

North Penn-Liberty Seniors Maddison Minyo, JoAnne McNamara, Grace Tice and Lizzi Welch had a few days between coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA girls volleyball championship against North Catholic and the NTL Senior All-Star game on Wednesday at Wellsboro to reflect on all they accomplished.

When asked about their senior season, Minyo, the NTL and District 4 Player of the Year joking replied “sad” in reference to the 3-2 loss to the Trojanettes. She then came around and said, “It was fun. I’ll remember being so close as a team.”

This was a team that captivated all of Southern Tioga. Its statistics are incredible:

• In PIAA regulation matches they won 71 sets and lost four.

• McNamara finished with an astonishing 1,594 assists, Tice and Welch both went over 100 blocks for the season and Minyo made a case to be the state’s player of the year.

All of that was surely noted by college scouts as they stuck around after the exhibition to talk to a few of the Mountie seniors.

These girls are getting recognized everywhere they go. Donations have been pouring in to purchase the team commemorative jackets. It’s a season that will be in people’s hearts in Tioga County for quite some time.

“I think we made other people really happy and that’s so special,” McNamara said.

They sure did.

After winning the second set of Saturday’s state title match, the Mountie contingent of fans – which made up about 80% of the crowd on Saturday — rose to their feet with a thunderous “Let’s go, Mounties” chant. It’s something senior Grace Tice will remember forever.

“I’ll never forget switching sides of the court and hearing them chant ‘Let’s go, Mounties.’ It was so loud. My ears were ringing.”

When asked what the play of the year was, all of them agreed that it was Charisma Grega’s incredible kick save against Panther Valley that resulted in a huge point for the Mounties in their state quarterfinal victory.

That point personified these Mounties. Anything it took, they did. They scratched and clawed. They never gave up.

Next year, finally someone may be able to beat North Penn-Liberty as it loses the four aforementioned seniors, plus senior starters Hannah Bowens and Patelin Nowak. Yet, if their replacements take on the spirit and attitude this team did, one would make a safe bet saying the Mounties will be taking home consecutive district title No. 5, and who knows, maybe they will find themselves in the state championship match once again.

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