Hannah Bowens

Hannah Bowens sneaks the ball over to outreached defenders for a point in a big win for the Liberty volleyball team.

The North Penn-Liberty volleyball team has put together another great regular season, with a 16-0 start with a new up-and-coming group of girls. Coach Jennifer Nawri was excited to get a chance to talk about her team after another big win against the Northeast Bradford Panthers team on Tuesday night. “We have a lot of returning players. We have Maddison Minyo who started and was our middle hitter last year. We have Charisma Grega, who was an outside hitter last year and both of those girls have gotten a lot of playing time. Joanne McNamara of course has been our starting center for the last three seasons, so of course she’s still going strong.”

With a strong core of three players who have gotten significant playing time, they had to add around them in order to reload their lineup. The Liberty team lost a few seniors this past season and have had to fill some spots on the floor. Allie Koval and Grace Tice are two players who were backups last year who had to wait to get their opportunity to shine.

When asked about players who have stepped up for the team, coach Nawri pointed to the play of Grace Tice. “She did not get a lot of playing time last season, so she was really waiting for that chance, and she’s phenomenal. She gets I would say five to six blocks every match. She’s doing a great job.”

Coach Nawri was ecstatic about the way her girls had played to this point in the season and went on to say, “We played some tough teams like Corning, Horseheads and Wellsboro, and I think the key to those wins was not only strong offense, but our defense has really stepped up. I mean Alli (Koval) is doing a great job back there communicating. And i just couldn’t be more proud of how they are playing.”

The Liberty Volleyball team currently sits at the top of the NTL standings without a loss, and will look to continue their undefeated season as they take on Williamsport on the road this Thursday Oct. 3.