WILLIAMSON -- The Wellsboro Hornets volleyball team continues to power themselves into the end of the season, with a big 3-0 sweep of the Towanda Black Knights where the Hornets volleyball team looked sharp.
The Hornets have now set up a big rematch against the North Penn-Liberty team, who has gotten the best of them two times this season, and will need to build on this performance if they want to be able to topple them in the finals.
In the first set of the matchup, senior Caitlyn Callahan continued to dominate as she has all season, coming up with play after play for the Hornets to push them to an early 5-1 advantage.
Megan Starkweather showed off some strong serving as well, placing the ball well, helping the Hornets take a 10-4 lead and setting up her team with a solid advantage in the set. Wellsboro closed out on a 15-8 run to defeat Towanda and give themselves a 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the Hornets fall behind 0-2 early but came roaring back and took an 8-3 lead in what seemed to be the blink of an eye.
The Hornets continued to run all over the Towanda team, and after falling into an early deficit, cruised to a 2-0 lead by a score of 25-15 and were just one set away from reaching the district finals.
In a close-out situation, Wellsboro showed some resilience with Towanda building an early lead, but Wellsboro found a way not only to claw back, but to take control of the game in commanding fashion, and cruise to a final score of 25-15.
Despite a few stumbles, the Hornets team looked extremely sharp on their way to district finals. Callahan continues to have an outstanding season, compiling 22 kills in just three sets to go along with seven digs.
Starkweather also added a balanced performance for the Hornets, contributing all over the floor coming up with six kills, one ace, seven assists, seven digs and an impressive six blocks on the night. Breigh Kemp also had a strong showing with five kills, two aces, eight digs and 21 assists on the night.
The Hornets will need to bring their best effort against a Liberty team that had their number in their previous two meetings.
The Hornets have been able to win their last three contests in sweeps and will need to carry that momentum into the finals if they want to dethrone the top seeded Liberty team in a big-time finals matchup.