The Galeton Lady Tigers fought hard for five sets to hand Port Allegany their first league loss Thursday.

After a first set where Galeton fell 12-25, the Lady Tigers dug deep to pull off the dramatic victory.

During their first set loss the Galeton girls struggled to put points on the board but at no time did they appear completely outmatched.

The second match was a much better illustration of Galeton’s ability to score. During the set the Lady Tigers remained within striking distance of the Lady Gators, and never allowed Port Allegany to get comfortable. The Galeton girls strung some points together to close the match with a 26-24 win.

In the third set Galeton took a nine point victory, 25-16 and looked to be in control.

But Port Allegany was not to be deterred. The Lady Gators hung around in the fourth set and handed Galeton a 26-24 loss to set up a decisive fifth set.

Galeton would close out the match over the undefeated Lady Gators with a 15-10 set victory. The win was Galeton’s ninth of the season bringing their overall record to 9-7 (8-6 in league play).

When asked how she kept her team focused coach Jess Green said, “I just kept telling them that they had this game and that they are the team who can beat the “unbeatable.” I told them that they had to dig deep and find it in themselves to keep fighting until the final whistle.”

Marika Lechler led the Lady Tigers with nine kills no the evening, as well as 14 receives and three aces.

Erin Cimino was just behind Lechler with seven kills and a block.

Maddie Sauley brought home four kills.

Makenna Shuemaker led the team with 14 assists with an ace.

Kate Kulish had eight assists and four aces.

And rounding out the scoring was Alexis Johnson with two kills, a block, and two aces.

Green said, “A win like this means a lot. It showed them that anything is possible. No matter who they face or the record that team has, they still can fight and work hard together to accomplish greatness.”

As the Lady Tigers look toward the rest of their season this victory will be a defining moment that can lift them.

After the victory Galeton looked to keep rolling when they took on Northern Potter Monday.

Scores from Monday’s game will be in next week’s edition of the Free Press.