It took a five-set barn burner to decide the winner of the Section 6 Class C State Volleyball qualifier. And Portville survived.  

With a record of 20-0, the Panthers hardly faced any adversity in the regular season and into the postseason. Against Eden, though, Portville had to dig deep to keep its season alive.

Eden won the first set, 25-21, but Portville recovered, winning the second and third sets, 25-18 and 25-19. In the fourth set, Eden swung back, winning 25-21. 

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In the fifth and final set, Portville emerged victorious, 27-25, in a hard-fought battle.

Portville coach Kelly Unverdorben, who has won four state championships over the past five years at Portville, is ready for any challenge. 

“Winning never, ever gets old,” Unverdorben told TAPinto during the regular season. “What keeps me coming back is the challenge of it. When people tell me I can’t, I want to do it even more. The team definitely feeds off of that attitude. We may not win it again, but we’ll go down fighting.”

The next challenge for Unverdorben and her Panthers will be the Section 5 champions, Byron-Bergen, in the Far West Regionals on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Daemen College. 

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