ARGYLE — Wendy Harrington has been coaching Hartford girls volleyball for many years, and even she had rarely seen a match with as many momentum swings as there were Wednesday.
Harrington’s Tanagers pulled out a wild 23-25, 25-16, 12-25, 25-12, 26-24 victory over Argyle in an Adirondack League showdown for second place behind Lake George. The win avenged a 3-0 loss to the Scots last month.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve beaten Argyle, and tonight was a match of crazy runs,” Harrington said. “We came out in set one and completely dominated them — we were up 18-10, and they came right back at us. We just could not get out of this one rotation and they kept scoring on us. It felt like we let that one slip away.”
The teams took turns blowing each other out in the third and fourth sets to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
“Set five was just back and forth all the way,” Harrington said. “They had the lead, 24-22, and we said, ‘Just get this one ball, take care of this one play, and then the next play.’ I was very proud of our kids — it was a nice character win for us.”
The Tanagers, who improved to 9-2 in the league, 12-2 overall, were powered by their seniors. Karlee Nims, a fifth-year varsity player, finished with 20 kills. Fourth-year varsity players Gabbie McFarren (20 digs) and Sarah Monroe (25 digs, 18 kills) also had strong games, as did setter Isabella French.
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“Both teams played so much better than we did the first time we played,” Harrington said. “Argyle is always formidable — they hustle and keep coming at you, they’re very disciplined, they didn’t get flustered.”
Argyle (9-3, 10-3) was led by Katie Lindsay with 23 assists and six blocks, Lilly Kingsley (14 digs), Skylar McDougall (six digs, six kills) and Lily Prevost (seven kills, five digs).
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