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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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DALLASTOWN — Abby Bentz has been one of the most feared outside hitters throughout the York-Adams League during her girls’ volleyball career at Susquehannock High School.

The truth is, however, that she would like to dish the ball to a teammate rather than slam it down on the opposite side of the court.

Fortunately for Bentz, she’ll be able to do just that next year when she attends the University of Maryland to play NCAA Division I college volleyball.

Until then, she was satisfied tallying up kills during Sunday’s York-Adams League Senior Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game at Dallastown High School. Bentz played a key role for her Light Purple squad, which swept the Dark Purple side, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15.

The teams — which were split up randomly — wore variations of purple because all donations raised from the event were given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“I started out as a setter when I was really young in club,” Bentz said. “And that’s always been my favorite position to play. Being able to control the court, control what happens and be a real leader with a prominent role on the court. So I’m excited to go back and play the position that I’m most comfortable in.”

One place Bentz was pretty uncomfortable in during this season was on the bench. The Warrior star suffered a leg injury early in the season and was forced to miss significant time because of it.

“I’ve never experienced an injury that took me out of the game,” she said. “Watching the team play … I was trying my best to cheer them on and be kind of like another coach or manager, but it was driving me crazy.”

Back from hiatus: Bentz, the Division II Player of the Year as well as a District 3-AA first-team all-star, was more than happy to participate in Sunday’s event, which returned after a two-year hiatus. Her sister, Hannah, played in the last all-star event back in 2011, so to get the chance to take part in it helped make her high school experience complete.

“That was my freshman year,” Bentz said. “And my sister played in one so I wanted to play in one too. I’m so glad (Dallastown coach Shannon Werner) got this together.”

Werner, who enjoyed participating in this event back in her high school days, had two goals for the event: keep it fun and make it something worthwhile. Both goals were definitely met. The girls, coaches, officials and even Werner, who played the part of emcee, all had smiles on their faces throughout.

“Yeah, it was definitely a lot of fun,” Bentz said. “You don’t really get a lot of opportunities where you can have a more fun atmosphere. And it was fun to play together with the girls, who I’m so used to playing against during the season.”

In addition to that, nearly $300 was raised for a cause that is important to Werner, whose grandmother suffers from the disease.

“(Officials) Sue Masenheimer and Cindy Rinehart used to run this,” Werner said. “And they just couldn’t take all the responsibilities with this any longer so it just kind of diminished. So I just decided that since I have the ability to get the gym, and Dallastown provided it for free, that I might as well. And I wanted to put a cause with it as well.”

Werner is hoping to continue this event on an annual basis with the goal to exceed the previous year’s donation level.

“I’m hoping that, if we continue this, that we can get into the $500 to $1,000 range,” she said.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

From Dallastown girls’ volleyball coach Shannon Werner:

The YAIAA girls volleyball senior all-star match will be this Sunday (11/23) at 2:00 p.m. at Dallastown HS.  It went away for a few years, but I am trying to bring it back.  I thought it was a special match to play in when I played and I think it was a shame that it disappeared for a few years.

All proceeds are going towards The Alzheimer’s Association.

The Roster is attached below:

#YAIAA Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game Program

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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SPRING GROVE — Victoria Ross had to wait until Wednesday to make her decision to attend Limestone College next fall official.

The reality is, however, that decision actually didn’t take all that long to make in the first place.

She knew that Limestone was where she wanted to be almost from the moment she stepped on the campus in Gaffney, S.C. this summer.

“I can’t wait,” she said shortly after her letter-of-intent signing in the career center at Spring Grove High School.

While Ross, a three-time York-Adams League girls’ golf champion, was busy looking into other schools for the better part of a year, it was actually Limestone and its women’s golf coach, Zack Seifert, who found her.

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“Coach (Seifert) emailed me about Limestone and I went to check it out,” Ross said. “And I really liked it. I felt like I had a really good connection with him while I was down there.”

After Seifert made her an official offer in early September, it didn’t take long for Ross to accept.

“He offered me a scholarship and I knew that I couldn’t pass that up,” she said. “I just knew (Limestone) was the one.”

The Saints recently concluded their fall season ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, so Ross knows she’ll be joining a well-decorated program. Like all other Division II golf programs, Limestone has both a fall and a spring season, so Ross will get plenty of chances to shine, while also being pushed by some of her female teammates, something she never was able to experience as the lone girl golfer at Spring Grove.

“I like playing with the guys, but it’s going to be different to have a whole girls’ team,” Ross said.

She’s also fortunate in that she won’t be the only District 3 golfer attending Limestone. Central Dauphin’s Ali Cooper, the girl who claimed the District 3-AAA crown in October after battling with Ross over five playoff holes, is also a Limestone recruit.

Despite falling to Cooper in that playoff, Ross holds no ill will toward her soon-to-be teammate.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

“I’m hoping that I can room with her,” said Ross, who is still undecided about her major. “She lives in Central Dauphin, so it’s really close for us.”

Besides playing with Cooper, Ross is looking forward to learning a lot about golf from Seifert.

“He had the video of my swing from the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) website and he told me, ‘I bet your misses are a fade or a draw,'” she said. “And everything he said was like dead on. My strengths and weaknesses … he knew it. The stuff he was saying just really blew my mind.”

Other signings: Ross was far from the only local athlete to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. Following are some of the other area signings:

At West York, Brett Kinneman signed on to play baseball at NCAA Division I North Carolina State, Kari Lankford will play basketball at Shepherd and Kelsey Weaver will play softball at Wheeling Jesuit.

At York Catholic, Shannon Moore is headed Kennesaw State to play lacrosse, Hannah Laslo is going to Seton Hill to play basketball and Marissa Ressler will attend Mansfield to play basketball.

At Eastern York, Lauren Reichard will play NCAA Division I volleyball at Georgia Southern, while Conrad Rhein will attend Lynn University and play lacrosse.

At York Suburban, Maura Brehl will play volleyball at Pitt-Johnstown and Ali Plonk will play field hockey at York College.

Finally, Gettysburg’s Maggie Fees will play field hockey at West Chester.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Delone Catholic will not defend its PIAA Class AA state girls’ volleyball championship.

The Squirettes, the No. 2 seed from District 3, were beaten in the first round of the state AA playoffs on Tuesday night, falling to District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic at Nazareth High School, 25-21, 27-25, 17-25, 25-19.

Delone’s senior class finished with a four-year record of 93-6, including four York-Adams division titles, three York-Adams Tournament crowns, two district championships, a state runner-up finish and a state championship.

Maddie Comly (seven kills, 21 digs), Katie Laughman (36 assists, 12 digs), Cheyenne Altland (eight kills), Kayla Baadte (10 digs), Sarah Senft (13 kills, six digs), Lilly Singleton (seven kills), Amber Johnson (six kills) and Karigen Emig (nine digs) led Delone.

Comly, Altland, Baadte, Kelly O’Boyle, Ashley Dressell and Alice Barosso were Delone’s seniors.

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EMIGSVILLE — Even with a size advantage and significant experience playing against larger schools, York Catholic girls’ volleyball coach Phil Autrey knew that his club would be in for a battle on Thursday night in a District 3-A semifinal contest against Mount Calvary Christian.

The Chargers, who hail from the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference, displayed a knack for keeping rallies alive all night at Central York High School. While they didn’t sport a deadly attacker who could terminate the ball with ease, they were able to move the Irish defense around.

More often than not, the result was an Irish miscue. Those errors added up throughout the night and, despite York Catholic’s best efforts, Autrey’s club just couldn’t overcome them, falling 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-16.

The Chargers (20-0) advanced to Saturday’s district final opposite Lititz Christian, which downed Millersburg 3-2 in the other semifinal.

“We knew that they were going to be a very solid team,” Autrey said. “When you have an excellent setter and an excellent defense, they make you earn every point. We’re not a quick team and we’re not a scrappy team, so we needed to put the ball away and tonight we just did not do that. But they (the Crusaders) earned that win.”

Early deficits have plagued York Catholic (10-6) all season and the Irish again hurt themselves from the get-go in Game 1. The Chargers stormed out to a 20-10 lead on the back of several Irish hitting errors and miscues from the service line.

As 5-foot-9 outside hitter Meredith Beecher (seven kills, four digs, one ace) started to warm up, however, the Irish woke up. Beecher led her team to within a point at 24-23 in Game 1, but a communication snafu after a Beecher bump allowed the ball to hit the ground on the Irish side to give MCC a 1-0 lead.

“It just wasn’t our night,” Autrey said. “On another day, the result maybe could be different. But our serving has been a strong point throughout the year and that sort of went south early on and that set the tone. But we came back, but it was too late.”

Mount Calvary used a 4-0 run early in Game 2 to take command and never let the Irish get close. In Game 3, however, York Catholic seemingly turned things around, taking the lead early and surviving a late rally by MCC to claim a 26-24 triumph.

Momentum in volleyball is fleeting at times, and the Irish were unable to keep it going into Game 4. The Chargers stormed out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back to complete the victory.

“All around … we had trouble hitting, we had trouble passing and we just weren’t communicating like the team that I know,” Autrey said. “And they took advantage.”

Despite the season-ending setback, Autrey was proud of his club, which finished 4-12 a season ago. He’s hoping the program, which will lose five seniors including Beecher, is headed back on the upswing after appearing in a district semifinal for the first time since 2007.

“Our goal this year was to get people at the school to realize that there was a volleyball team at York Catholic,” he said. “And it’s hard, especially when you’re in a division with Delone. For me, this was a great learning experience and I hope this sets the tone for the younger kids to be able to say, ‘hey, now that we’ve been here, we know what it takes and let’s keep this tradition going.'”

Maggie Allen, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, also finished with seven kills and four blocks for the Irish, while setter Natalie Stewart dished out 27 assists to go with 21 digs.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By GEORGE HAMMOND
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Eastern York coach Jen Reichard knew her team would have to bring its “A” game if the Golden Knights wanted to have any chance of upsetting Delone Catholic in the District 3-AA girls’ volleyball semifinals.

But even an “A+” game might not have been enough. The Squirettes showed why they’re the defending PIAA AA state champions with a convincing 3-0 triumph Thursday night at Dallastown. The game scores were, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16.

Delone is the only York-Adams League team still remaining in the girls’ volleyball postseason.

“Obviously, they’re a phenomenal team,” Reichard said. “Every position is tough and he (Delone coach Jason Leppo) has a really class team. Unfortunately for us, when things got a little tight, we got scared, and during the season we don’t play teams that are as solid as they are, so we didn’t know how to respond.

“I just wanted us to go out and play the best we possibly could, that’s all we could do. We were the underdog trying to take down the big Goliath, and unfortunately, it wasn’t our night.”

The victory puts the Squirettes in the District 3-AA final at 5 p.m. Saturday against Berks Catholic, a 3-1 winner over Brandywine Heights in the other semifinal. The two teams met last year in the District 3 semifinals, with the Squirettes prevailing, 25-16, 25-11, 25-20. Earlier this season, however, Berks Catholic downed Delone, 3-2.

In the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA poll, Berks Catholic was ranked No. 1 and Delone was No. 2.

“I expect it to be, hopefully, a great match,” Leppo said. “They are big, they are physical and they’re really, really good, so we’re going to have to come out and play well to have a chance, but we’re happy for the opportunity.”

No matter what happens on Saturday, however, both Delone and Berks Catholic will advance to the state playoffs.

If there was any concern about what kind of emotional shape Delone would be in entering Thursday’s contest after its thrilling five-game victory over Susquehannock on Tuesday, those fears were quickly erased. Senior Maddie Comley, who finished with two aces, 11 kills and nine digs, helped the Squirettes jump out to a 5-2 advantage that eventually increased to 15-7.

“We were definitely tired because that game (Susquehannock) was emotionally exhausting,” Comley said. “We knew we had to stay mentally calm and focus on what we were doing and start strong.”

Delone maintained an eight- to nine-point cushion the rest of the way en route to the Game 1 victory.

In the second game, Katie Laughman put the Squirettes in the driver’s seat early when she served six consecutive winning points to give Delone a 7-0 advantage. Laughman finished with 34 assists, five digs, two kills and two aces.

“We have her serve so she can start us off strong,” Comley said. “That’s what we expect from her and she does a really good job with that.”

Eastern managed to cut the deficit to 12-7, but that was as close as the Golden Knights would come in the second game.

In the final game, the Golden Knights’ Lauren Reichard helped Eastern jump out to a 10-4 edge. Reichard, who had 13 kills, six blocks and five digs, definitely got the Squirettes’ attention.

“She’s an outstanding player,” Leppo said. “Lauren is one of the best players to come out of York County in the last 10 years, She is a phenomenal player.”

But slowly, the Squirettes cut into Eastern’s advantage and took the lead for good at 14-13. From there, Delone outscored the Golden Knights 11-3.

— Reach George Hammond at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard attempts to block a kill by West York’s Kari Lankford on Tuesday. Eastern York won the match, 3-0, to advance to

Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard attempts to block a kill by West York’s Kari Lankford on Tuesday. Eastern York won the match, 3-0, to advance to the District 3-AA semifinals. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Susquehannock’s Gabby Ogude blocks a kill attempt by Delone Catholic’s Amber Johnson on Tuesday. Delone outlasted Susquehannock, 3-2, to move

Susquehannock’s Gabby Ogude blocks a kill attempt by Delone Catholic’s Amber Johnson on Tuesday. Delone outlasted Susquehannock, 3-2, to move on to the District 3-AA semifinals. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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EMIGSVILLE — Eastern York was the first York-Adams League Division II club to defeat West York this season.

So it seemed only fitting that the Knights were the ones to end the Bulldogs’ season Tuesday night in the District 3-AA quarterfinals at Central York High School.

After cruising through the first go-round in the division, the Bulldogs had their troubles the second time around, even though they still managed to share the division title. And those problems — namely inconsistency — have plagued Coach Joe Ramp’s club ever since the Knights scored a five-game victory midway through the season.

The Bulldogs were in a position to win each game against Eastern, but faltered when it mattered most. Trailing 24-21 in Game 1, West York tied up the score only to see the Knights win the final two points. Ramp’s team couldn’t hold a 22-19 lead late in Game 2 to fall behind 2-0 in the match before falling apart in Game 3. A 12-0 run helped the Knights erase a 15-9 deficit and propelled them to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-16 victory.

Eastern will face Division III champ Delone Catholic in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallastown High School. The Squirettes staved off a pair of match points to survive against Susquehannock, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 19-17 in the opener at Central in what was Warrior coach Rob Marrison’s final game.

“The first part of the season, we came out well,” Ramp said. “We shocked some teams right off the bat. But as teams grow throughout the season, they get better and they just met our level that we were playing at at the beginning of the season.”

While on paper, Tuesday’s sweep looks convincing, it was anything but that for portions of the night for Eastern.

“We were just kind of flat all night,” Golden Knight head coach Jen Reichard said. “And you have to credit them for pulling it out, but in order to beat a tough Delone team, we’re going to have to play our ‘A’ game.”

Neither side was especially crisp early, although the Knights were able to go ahead 17-8 midway through Game 1. The Bulldogs were able to rally back to even the score at 24-24, but a hitting error followed by a booming kill from Lauren Reichard (17 kills, four blocks) were enough to put Eastern up 1-0.

“Notoriously, when we (dig a hole), we struggle,” Coach Reichard said. “At this point of the season, we can’t afford to go down against tougher teams and try to fight your way back.”

Such was the case in Game 2, when the Knights gave up a five-point run to fall behind 8-5. Although Eastern was able to rally to tie the game up twice, the Bulldogs looked to be in good shape with a 22-19 lead late. But a lull in their play allowed the Knights to score six of the final seven points to go up 2-0.

“Consistency … we just didn’t have it tonight,” Ramp said. “Tonight was just more of Eastern’s night. They wanted it a little more, showed a little bit more heart out there. The energy level … that’s the one part of the year that we’ve been striving for. When we play with a lot of energy, we play well. And when you don’t have energy, we don’t.”

Ramp’s club jumped out to a 15-9 lead in Game 3 after an impressive 7-0 run but things turned around real quick. A service error gave the ball back to the Knights, who scored 11 more points with the ball to go up 21-15. In total, Eastern finished Game 3 with an emphatic 16-1 run.

Allie Crumbling and Jocelyn Vaughn paced the Knight defense with 14 digs each, while setter Lauryn Snyder dished out 31 assists. Amanda Sides led West York with 11 kills, while libero Alexis Harbold registered 16 digs and setter Meryssa Love recorded 32 assists.

Warriors nearly upset defending champs in coach’s final game: It was a little more than a week ago when Susquehannock took the York-Adams League champion Squirettes to five games in the first round of the league playoffs. And sure enough, it would take another five games for a winner to be decided Tuesday.

Marrison’s club scored a 25-16 victory in Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead in the match against Delone, matching what the Warriors did last Monday. And similarly enough, Delone rallied to win the next two games before the Warriors took Game 4.

That set up for an epic Game 5. While last week’s match had no win-or-go-home stakes to it, Tuesday’s showdown very much did. And with the stakes at an all-time high, both sides battled hard for every point. Even the normally reserved Marrison was a little amped up at times.

“I’m normally pretty calm on the sideline, but I figured if this was going to be it, I want to go down swinging,” he said.

The two sides traded points back and forth over the first 26 points of the fifth game until the Warriors took a 14-13 lead after a kill by Tyler Williams. After a timeout, Delone tied it up only to miss its ensuing serve and give Susquehannock another match-point chance at 15-14.

A kill by Maddie Comly (10 kills) evened up the match, which continued to go back-and-forth until Sarah Senft (13 kills) scored her final kill of the night to put the Squirettes ahead 18-17. Delone prevailed on the following point when Maryland-recruit Abigail Bentz’s kill attempt sailed just wide of the line.

With the season over, many of the Susquehannock girls had tears in their eyes. The fact that Marrison announced that he would not be coming back next year only added to their emotions.

“For me, personally, it’s been a blessing (coaching),” Marrison said. “To spend the time with the kids that I’ve been able to spend (time with) over the years and the relationships that have been formed, it’s been phenomenal. To come home from a crappy day at work and walk into a gym with kids with smiles on their faces … how much better does that get?”

While the Susquehannock program has seen its share of all-state caliber players throughout the past two decades, Bentz (16 kills, 17 digs) will likely be one of the program’s all-time greats. She’s the first player in Marrison’s coaching career to earn a Division I scholarship to a major NCAA program such as Maryland, where she will go from hitting to setting.

“The coaches told her flat out that she’s not coming to sit on the bench,” Marrison said. “She’s playing. So it’s going to be exciting.”

Kelly Franz dished out 25 assists while Amber Sweitzer added 15 more for the Warriors. Libero Kerrie Defelice recorded nine aces and tallied 39 digs in the match.

OTHER DISTRICT 3 GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

York Catholic 3, Conestoga Christian 0: At Lower Dauphin, the Lady Irish rolled into the District 3-A semifinals with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 triumph. The Irish will now face Mount Calvary in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Central York. Mount Calvary beat Convenant Christian in its quarterfinal match, 3-0. With a win on Thursday, York Catholic will clinch a state playoff berth. In Tuesday’s victory, Natalie Stewart (18 assists, six aces, four digs, three kills), Meredith Beecher (eight digs, six kills, three aces), Maggie Allen (five kills, three blocks, two aces) and Anna Debiec (seven digs, two aces, two assists) paced York Catholic.

Exeter 3, Central York 0: At Dallastown, the Panthers suffered a 25-17, 25-23, 28-26 loss in a District 3-AAA quarterfinal match, ending the Panthers’ season. Central was the York-Adams Division I champion this season. Exeter, which is 18-0, was ranked sixth in the state in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA rankings. The Eagles won Berks League Division I. Allison Rife (nine kills), Andrea Quartey (seven kills, four blocks), Emily Poole (seven kills), Laura Fahs (17 digs, four kills, two aces), Julia Terpak (19 assists, six digs) and Hannah Rishel (18 digs) excelled in defeat for Central.

Elizabethtown 3, Red Lion 1: At Hempfield, the Lions got off to a fast start but couldn’t hold on in a 19-25, 25-14, 25-8, 25-22 loss in a District 3-AAA quarterfinal meeting. The loss ended Red Lion’s season. Red Lion was led by Brooke Daugherty (20 assists), Lauren Enfield (10 digs, five aces) and Jenna Hevner (eight kills).

Brandywine Heights 3, Bermudian Springs 1: At Lower Dauphin, the Eagles dropped a 25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 25-17 decision in a District 3-AA quarterfinal contest, ending the Eagles’ season. Bermudian’s leaders were Gabby Emeigh (15 assists, five digs), Caitlyn Rohrbaugh (12 service points, two kills), Cheyenne Topper (seven digs) and Madyson Whitcomb (seven digs, seven kills).

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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The Dallastown girls’ volleyball season came to an end on Thursday night with a 25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-7 loss to Mechanicsburg in a District 3-AAA play-in contest at Hempfield.

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Rachel Groff (24) of Red Lion bumps the ball while playing a Delone Catholic serve in the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball championship match on

Rachel Groff (24) of Red Lion bumps the ball while playing a Delone Catholic serve in the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball championship match on Tuesday night. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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DALLASTOWN — There’s always something extra special about winning a title three years in a row, especially in high school athletics.

Most teams typically experience a lot of changes over that time frame, with standouts graduating and underclassmen stepping into bigger roles.

When a championship run reaches three years, it’s pretty clear that the program is in really good shape.

Such is the case with the Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team. After years of disappointments in the York-Adams League Tournament, the Squirettes have turned things around the past few years. Winners of the last two tournament crowns, Coach Jason Leppo’s team was able to make it a three-peat Tuesday night at Dallastown High School.

After surviving against a top-flight opponent in Division I champion Central York in the semifinals, Delone cruised past Division I runner-up Red Lion in the finals. The Squirettes controlled play throughout the finals, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-19.

“This is a really phenomenal thing that we have going on right now,” Leppo said. “To think of some of the teams and some of the coaches we’ve gone through … this is a heck of an accomplishment.”

After a surviving a grueling five-game match against Susquehannock on Monday and then a four-game showdown with the Panthers, Leppo’s club appeared to be anything but tired in rolling past the Lions. With the score even at 7-7 in Game 1, the Division III champs turned things up a notch, winning 15 of the next 19 points.

That level of domination continued into Game 2 and Game 3. The Squirettes jumped out to a 15-4 lead in Game 2 and a 17-11 advantage in Game 3. And to know that all of this came with Delone standout Cheyenne Altland on the bench with back issues makes it even more amazing for Leppo and his coaching staff.

“Her back locked up on her,” Leppo said. “And she’s a tough kid. So for her to say that she should sit this one out, you knew it had to be really bugging her. And maybe (her absence) was what (got us going). Or maybe it was pure exhaustion, but we just looked calm and steady for the whole match.”

Red Lion had troubles all night finding the floor. The Delone defense refused to allow a ball to hit the court easily. Katie Laughman and Kayla Baadte combined for 23 digs to foil Red Lion’s offense.

“Delone deserved this win,” Red Lion coach Heather Shoemaker said. “They’re a fun team to watch defensively. They have a relentless pursuit and when they go and get it, they can then run their offense.”

That defense limited Red Lion standout Lindsey Blevins to five kills, while setter Brooke Daugherty dished out 17 assists.

The Squirettes also served well, tallying 13 aces in the victory. Kerigan Emig, Maddie Comly and Baadte each recorded three aces. Lilly Singleton led Delone with 11 kills, while Laughman dished out 27 assists.

Shoemaker is hoping that the experience from tough victories over York Suburban and West York, as well as the clash against Delone, will help her team as it prepares for the upcoming District 3-AAA Tournament. Those three squads all have scrappy defenses that put the onus on their opponents to not make hitting miscues.

“I think we learned that we have to keep running that energy and riding that momentum,” she said. “And we lacked that a little in the final.”

Delone advanced to the final after defeating Central York, 25-20, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18 in the semifinals. Red Lion moved on after downing West York, 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 in the other semifinal.

OTHER GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

York Tech 3, York 0: At York, Brooke Glass led the Spartans to the 25-10, 25-22, 25-18 non-divisional victory on Tuesday with 10 aces, 18 digs and 15 assists. Also for Tech, Kayli Shoff had 17 digs and 10 assists, D’Shanna Edwards had 10 digs, five aces, four assists and three kills and Krista Ruppert had 12 digs and five aces. For the Bearcats, Paola Ramos had three kills, while Cheyenne Bradford had three blocks.

York 3, Harrisburg 1: At Harrisburg, the Bearcats earned their first win of the season on Monday, 25-16, 15-25, 25-23, 25-23. Paola Ramos (seven kills) and Cheyenne Bradford (six kills) led York.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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DALLASTOWN — In many years there is a clear favorite to win the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball playoff crown.

This is not one of those years.

Up and down the bracket, the four quarterfinal showdowns looked pretty evenly matched. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that three of the four contests took more than three games, including a pair of Game 5 thrillers.

Without question, the most interesting showdown was between Susquehannock and Delone Catholic. The two programs are the most decorated among all the York-Adams schools over the past decade or so, and their match-up didn’t disappoint.

After dropping Game 1, the Division III champion Squirettes rebounded to win the next two, only to see the Warriors even the match by claiming Game 4. That forced a 15-point Game 5 that finally ended with Delone prevailing, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9.

Red Lion also had to go the distance against Division II co-champion York Suburban. In a back-and-forth match, the Lions pulled out a 25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 victory.

West York, co-champs with York Suburban in Division II, needed four games to get past Dallastown (26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20) to set up a semifinal contest with Red Lion Tuesday. That contest is slated for a 6 p.m. start at Dallastown Middle School.

Central York, the Division I champ, had little trouble with Bermudian Springs, cruising toward a semifinal square-off with Delone by downing the Eagles, 25-14, 25-20, 25-13. The Panthers will take on the Squirettes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown High School. The winners of the two semifinal contests will do battle in the final at Dallastown High School.

A quick look at the league bracket a week ago was enough to worry Delone coach Jason Leppo. His worries were well-founded. His club, which won the PIAA AA state title a year ago, were pushed the limit by the Warriors. Trailing 21-17 late, Coach Rob Marrison’s club won eight of the final nine points to go up 1-0 in the match.

“Losing (Game 1) was almost like you’re in a situation where you’re trying to win four of five games,” Leppo said. “When you give up a lead late like that, it can a tough thing to overcome. But we bounced back.”

Despite wearing the reigning state champ moniker all season, Leppo’s squad can use a little more seasoning, in his opinion. So showdowns against teams such as Susquehannock and Central York can go a long way this week toward meeting the Squirettes’ ultimate goal of repeating as state champs.

“This year’s group is a lot of the same kids, but they’re in bigger roles,” Leppo said. “And matches like this is what they need to grow up.”

If Susquehannock was disappointed by Monday’s outcome, they probably won’t have to wait too long to try to avenge that defeat. The District 3-AA bracket has the winner of Saturday’s first-round contest between Trinity and Susquehannock squaring off against Delone in the quarterfinals.

Marrison is hoping his team can clean up a few areas where they struggled Monday against Delone to give them a chance at earning a berth into the PIAA tournament.

“I thought there were points during part of the match where we just made some critical errors,” he said. “And the kids were more concerned about making a mistake then about really going for it.”

Central next for Delone: While Delone had to fight to get past Susquehannock Monday, they’ll likely have some more battling to do with Central York. The Panthers will have a height advantage at the net with the duo of Emily Poole and Andrea Quartey leading the charge.

“They’re big and good,” Leppo said. “They’re ridiculously hard to stop at the net and their setter, Julia Terpak, is one of my favorite kids to watch play. I like the way that she runs the show for them.”

Poole and Quartey combined for 25 kills against Bermudian, while Terpak was in charge, dishing out 30 assists in the triumph.

West York vs. Red Lion: West York and Red Lion will be a rematch of a semifinal contest played during the Dallastown Tournament a few weekends ago. The Lions prevailed then in a one-game contest, but Tuesday’s showdown will be a best-of-five affair.

“That was a tough match,” Red Lion coach Heather Shoemaker said. “And anything can happen on any given night in the (York-Adams League).”

The Bulldogs prevailed in large part due to the play of senior Kari Lankford. A standout on the basketball court, Lankford led her team with 14 kills, including the final two of the night.

There is a drive and aggressiveness in her,” said West York coach Joe Ramp. “And that probably comes from playing basketball. She just goes all-out on the court and attacks the ball.”

Red Lion prevailed past Suburban with the help of Lindsey Blevins. The sophomore slammed home 18 kills to go with 10 digs, while setter Brooke Daugherty dished out 36 assists.

“It’s been an up-and-down road all season, but they fight for every point,” Shoemaker said. “And in the end, they pulled it out.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.


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