Saturday marked the beginning of the PIAA District IV volleyball tournament being hosted this year at Williamson High School.

To kick off the first round of play the Williamson Lady Warriors took on the Athens Lady Wildcats in a match that pitted the number four and five seeds against each other with the winner earning the right to play North Penn-Liberty Tuesday night.

Athens came ready to play and took the first set.

Williamson stormed back in the second set though to even the match at one set each. Williamson had to fight tooth and nail for the win a 28-26 victory. Although only the second set of a potential five this set turned the tide for the Lady Warriors. After securing the victory Williamson rode the momentum into the third set.

With Williamson holding a five point lead late in the third, the Athens defense held the Lady Warriors to only two points while scoring six of their own to draw within one 22-21.

After a long series of volleys Williamson won the next point.

Athens quickly retaliated though with two points of their own to tie the game.

A kill from number 25, Taylor McWhorter gave Williamson the serve. The Lady Warriors didn’t waste any time as they scored an ace and, just like that, took the pivotal third set.

Williamson kicked off the fourth set with an 8-4 lead. The Lady Wildcats clawed their way back into the set by gradually chipping away at the lead, never falling behind by more than five.

Williamson led 19-16, before another long series of volleys gave them a four point lead. The gym erupted with cheers from the Williamson fans as they Lady Warriors score their 20th point.

Athens quelled the excitement with three quick scores to draw within one, 20-19. Williamson earned another two points to pull back ahead by three. Athens would score two more points but never really closed the gap again as Williamson earned the match victory in the fourth set.

Coach Barton on coming back after the first set loss said, “For us it was about passing. I told the girls if we can get control of our first touch passes we can control the game. And that’s what we did. Also we have five seniors out there and they want to keep playing.”

Following the win Williamson would take on North Penn-Liberty Tuesday night, scores from this game will be in next week’s paper.