Owego hangs first volleyball state title banner

By wbng sports

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Before a few weeks ago, Owego Free Academy had two state champions in school history: a boys baseball crown in 1997 and boys soccer in 2002.

But now the Indians can add a banner for the ladies.

That's exactly what the school did Friday, as Owego held a rally for its girls volleyball team in its gymnasium.

The Class B state champs are the first female team from Owego to win a state title.

The long-awaited state title comes to a program that had been waiting to break through for over a decade. Owego's volleyball program boasts 15 sectional titles -- including the last three.

The 2013 team was the team that broke through that state championship ceiling.

"If any team's going to do it, this team deserved it," said head coach Brittney Horton. "They worked hard every single day, in and out of the gym. They really figured out what it meant to be a team and that's what got us here. That's what got us through to the state championships."

Senior captain Paige Shaughnessy said the team's journey "wasn't easy."

"I think that's what makes it the most exciting," she said. "We've worked for every game we had to play. Getting through regionals and making history...it's been an amazing ride, and I couldn't be a prouder captain."

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