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PO etches their name on the D6 volleyball title, drops Central Cambria in three sets

By Kenny Varner

ALTOONA – Back where they belong!

The Philipsburg-Osceola volleyball team brought its undefeated team back to the District 6 championship game with the hopes of a command performance.

Their foes this season was the second seeded Central Cambria Red Devils who were looking for the upset win over the Mounties.

After the first couple minute of play it would be evident that that was not going to happen.

Bringing back most of their players from last year’s squad the Mounties proved once again to be better than their opponent, sweeping the Devils 3-0 (25-10, 25-15 and 25-14).

Leading the way for Philipsburg-Osceola was Super Sophomore Reese Hazelton who shined the entire game from different spots on the floor.

She did whatever needed to be done as well as her teammates who also made statements when Hazelton didn’t.

Others playing solid on the afternoon was senior Jayden Perks. Perks was sizzling on the serving line and tough upfront, keeping the Central Cambria frontline off balanced, not knowing where her hits were going.

Janey Johnson, Kalista Butler and London Cutler all made significant amount of service points as did Hazelton.

The Lady Mounties opened their match showing their dominance, busting out to an 8-3 advantage.

Hazelton would be strong both at the front line with her blistering spikes and her three service points from the line in the scoring run.

For every side out that Central Cambria would get the Mounties countered, running up the score to 13-5.

Philipsburg would go up 16-6 before the Red Devils would not have their first service point.

After the short 2-point run, the Lady Mounties we’re back at it posting three consecutive service points by Butler.

From there Philipsburg was able to post another service point from Hazelton and teammate Johnson en route to the 25-10 victory.

Things proved to be a little closer in the second game as the two battled “toe-to-toe as Central Cambria kept things tied at 14.

However, the Lady Mounties were able to get back to buisness thanks to a service run by Johnson who went to town connecting nine consecutive service points expanding the lead to a 24-14 game.

That would just be what the Mounties needed as it rolled from there, winning 25-15.

PO put the game to bed in the third set as it once again got off to a strong start going on a 9-4 run.

This game was all but over as Josie Tekely helped finish off the contest adding four consecutive service points

But to finish things off, the Mounties ended things with four service points to capture the title.

With the win, the Lady Mounties will be back in action on Tuesday at a time and location TBA.

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