By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
MANCHESTER — The addition of Gettysburg into the York-Adams League this season has really made for an interesting landscape in Division II girls’ volleyball.
Reigning Division II champion York Suburban is still loaded, West York is quickly becoming the team to beat, Northeastern has the talent to win on any given night and Gettysburg and Eastern York are perennially strong outfits.
Then throw in 2013 Division I champ Susquehannock into the mix and the coaches really are honest when they say there are no easy nights.
Such was the case when the Bobcats hosted the Warriors Thursday night. While Coach Mike Hoffman’s Northeastern squad is still trying to find its groove, they battled through three tight contests.
In the end, the Warriors’ unique blend of skill and experience were too much. Led by a strong night from outside attacker Abigail Bentz (16 kills, 11 digs) and middle hitter Britney Fitzgerald (nine kills), Susquehannock was able to pull of a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 sweep.
Susquehannock improved to 3-1 in the division, good for a second-place tie with Suburban. West York leads the division at 4-0. Northeastern fell to 1-3.
“This was good tonight,” said Warrior coach Rob Marrison. “Northeastern was able to keep the ball off the floor, which put a lot of pressure on us, and we didn’t collapse.”
Marrison’s club was able to pull away in all three games because of a strong service run each time. Leading 19-18 late in Game 1, the Warriors were able to use a five-point run, fueled by the serving of Laura Savin (two aces). In Game 2, it was tied at 10-10 when Fitzgerald ripped off a six-point run.
Those moments were big for Marrison and his team because of some uncharacteristic mental collapses he’s seen from his club a few times already this season. Suburban was able to pull out a five-game match last week partially because of some self-inflicted miscues.
“We are continuing to try to work on our mental game,” Marrison said. “In the York Suburban match, Suburban played phenomenally well. We had an awful lot of errors in that match and that’s one thing we’re trying to work on.”
While they didn’t play perfect, Susquehannock was able to squash Northeastern rallies throughout much of the night behind Bentz, Fitzgerald and sophomore middle Gabby Ogude. Their play at the net really paid dividends on the big points, and that’s something that Hoffman is hoping his team can start to emulate sooner rather than later.
“We got off to a really slow start,” Hoffman said. “And tonight they did start to click, but we really need to make some adjustments. Overall I have to feel pretty positive about it because we were in every game. And they never quit.”
Seemingly ahead by a comfortable 21-10 margin late in Game 3, Marrison subbed out some of his starters to get some experience for his younger players. That experiment, however, didn’t turn out great. The Bobcats — showing that never-quit attitude — were able to close to within 23-19. After a timeout, the starters were back in and three points later the match was over.
Madison Rhinehart led Northeastern with five kills to go with eight digs, while Bayle Sowers tallied four kills and five digs. Setter Whitney Brown dished out 15 assists.
Susquehannock setter Kelly Franz racked up 34 assists to go with 11 digs. Libero Kerrie Defelice led the Warrior defense with 25 digs.
Gettysburg 3, York High 0: At York High, Myla Manahan (26 assists, five aces, four digs, four kills) paced the Warriors to a 25-7, 25-7, 25-1 victory. Gettysburg won the JV match, 25-7, 25-8.
Eastern 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Wrightsville, Lauren Reichard’s 15 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and three assists helped the Golden Knights to a 25-9, 25-15, 25-9 victory. Also for Eastern, Allie Crumling had 12 digs and seven kills, while Lauryn Snyder had 27 assists. For the Rams, Katie Leftridge had nine kills and three digs, while Brittany Wolf had six digs, three kills and three blocks. Eastern won the JV match, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13.
Red Lion 3, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, Lindsey Blevins pounded 19 kills and served five aces to power the Lady Lions past the Rockets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22. Brooke Daugherty recorded 27 assists for the winners, and Lauren Enfield supplied seven kills and 10 digs. Karli Glatfelter and Autumn Lease teamed for 13 Spring Grove kills and Becca Keller put up 25 assists. Both teams entered the contest with 2-0 records in York-Adams Division I. Spring Grove won the JV match, 25-10, 25-17.
Delone Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, Delone rolled to a 25-9, 25-6, 25-3 victory. Christina Photiades and Claire Kaufmann combined for 11 Squirettes’ kills, and Kelly O’Boyle recorded nine assists. Kayla Ewart and Lexi Wierman served five aces apiece for the winners. Delone won the JV match, 25-4, 25-18.
York Catholic 3, Hanover 1: At York Catholic, Natlalie Stewart recorded eight kills, 23 assists and three digs for York Catholic, which prevailed, 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-15. The Fighting Irish’s Liz Miller pounded 13 kills, and Maggie Allen and Meredith Beecher shared 12 kills. Khadija Bias, Alexa Merrel and Lexi Spangler teamed for 22 Hanover kills and Kelsey Staub supplied 26 assists.
Littlestown 3, York Tech 0: At Littestown, the Thunderbolts swept the Spartans, 25-21, 25-18, 25-11. Emily Staub (17 assists, 14 aces) led Littlestown. D’Shanna Edwards (three aces, four digs) and Brooke Glass (five digs, eight assists) were Tech’s leaders. Littlestown captured the JV match, 25-15, 25-14.
South Western 3, New Oxford 0: At South Western, the Mustangs turned back the Colonials, 26-24, 25-16, 25-20. Hannah McMaster had five kills, 20 assists and nine digs for the Mustangs. South Western’s Tori Sager and Summer Small each had seven kills. New Oxford’s Brooke Krebs hammered 10 kills and the Colonials’ Wren Berry recorded 20 assists. South Western prevailed in the JV match, 25-19, 25-23.
Dallastown 3, Dover 0: At Dover, Sophia Messner and Toni Cappas combined for 24 kills as the Wildcats swept the Eagles, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17. Megan Clinton assisted on 34 points for Dallastown and Kat Forry recorded 17 digs. Karsyn Blauser delivered four kills, four aces and four blocks for Dover, and Katie Kann furnished 10 assists. Dallastown won the JV match, 25-14, 27-25.
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