TIOGA — The Galeton Lady Tigers volleyball team (13-8) traveled to Williamson for their Thursday, Nov. 5 District Four Class A matchup against the top-seeded and three-time defending District Champion Canton Lady Warriors (13-2).
Galeton was shorthanded in the contest as the star from their quarterfinal upset, Alexis Johnson, who was out due to illness, and were unable to complete their title-run as they were swept 3-0.
Galeton started out strong, with Alli Macensky having to control the net more aggressively than if Johnson was in the game, and in the first set jumped out to a 5-2 lead.
But as soon as Macensky rotated to the back row, there was no one to take control of the front line, and Canton took advantage.
Canton capitalized on these opportunities early and often during the contest.
The Lady Warriors tied the score at seven and soon after took over the game, out-scoring the Lady Tigers 18-10 down the stretch to claim the first set 25-17.
In the second set, Canton started to gain momentum and everything that could go wrong for the Galeton girls, inevitably did.
Tough calls, erratic passes, miscommunications and even blindly hit balls for Canton landing in the open spots on the Tigers side of the floor, it all seemed to pile up as Canton took a 2-0 lead in a 25-14 score.
The third set was once again littered with small errors and tough breaks for the Lady Tigers and the Lady Warriors completely dominated the set, winning 25-12 and claiming their fourth consecutive Class A District Title.
It was a disappointing outing for a Lady Tigers team that looked like a completely different than the one who outplayed Northeast Bradford in their quarterfinals match up just two nights before.
The Lady Tigers were led by Makenna Shuemaker who was stellar even in the loss racking up five kills, three assists, two aces and 12 digs with some extremely athletic and tough plays made on the defensive side of the court.
Mikayla Schott added 11 digs, Olivia Rohbaugh added 10, Tressa Succowich added seven and Lauren Sauley added a team-high 15 digs in the effort. Macensky led the team in blocks with one and also recorded eight digs.
The Lady Tigers finished their season at 14-7 and improved greatly on their 2019 season in almost every facet of play.
Galeton was hoping for a much different outcome, and with four seniors who all were major contributors, they all were hoping to come out with a possible title.