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There are few higher honors for a volleyball coach than to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Friday, two local men, former Red Lion High School girls’ volleyball coach Scott Musselman and girls’ club administrator Chip Reiley, will be enshrined in a ceremony in State College.

Musselman, who spent more than 31 years on the bench helping the Lions to six division and three league titles, is probably the more recognizable name of the two. His clubs qualified for the District 3-AAA playoffs in 29 of his 31 years. Musselman also led the Lions into the PIAA playoffs on four occasions, including a third-place finish back in 1993.

“Scott has been a major force in building the sport of volleyball in the York area,” said Dave Morton, a former Dallastown High School coach and past president of the PVCA. “We recognize Scott’s commitment to the Red Lion volleyball program and to the PVCA. Scott is a major contributor to Pennsylvania volleyball.”

Musselman ran through a series of emotions when he was delivered the good news of his induction.

“Surprised,” he said. “Happy and proud, too. If you look at the members of the PVCA Hall of Fame, it is a very humbling experience to be a part of this group.”

The pinnacle moment of Musselman’s career was undoubtedly his 1993 squad, which made Red Lion history with its third-place state finish.

“(That) was the highest finish of a Red Lion team in the history of the school. It was a finish that stood alone until a few years back when the Red Lion girls’ basketball team also made it to the semifinals, he said.”

On-court success, however, is only part of the game for a coach such as Musselman. Development and education is also a big part of being a complete coach.

“More importantly, I truly believe in the character building qualities one gets from participating in high school athletics,” Musselman said. “Perhaps what happens after high school is the true test of how successful the program is. Watching graduates compete on the volleyball teams at the collegiate level, watching Red Lion graduates graduate from college and watching those graduates become volleyball coaches is what make me most proud.”

Reiley: While Reiley may be lesser known than Musselman, he’s been heavily involved with the sport as a an event administrator as well as a parent.

“Chip has labored tirelessly for volleyball and for our junior players,” Morton said. “He has always wanted to do what was best for the players. Chip has made a huge impact on the growth of junior volleyball in Pennsylvania over the last years.”

Much like Musselman, Reiley felt “humbled” when he was alerted of his induction.

“I thought of all the people who worked with me over the years to make our events great,” he said.

Reiley has helped run some of the biggest volleyball tournaments around.

Perhaps the biggest reason for Reiley’s involvement over the years has been family. With a daughter who played the sport, Reiley feels that aspect is one that may be missed when discussing the game.

“In my true opinion, the special value this sport offers is how it pulls the family together,” he said. “Both with adult players and, in particular, with our youth. When we conduct an event with 900 teams, we have over 25,000 people in attendance. Those are (not only) players, but parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, too. I feel like no other sport can compete with volleyball in this regard.”

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Four York-Adams League girls have been named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State Team.

A total of 50 players were honored overall, including 13 from District 3.

The local girls honored were:

Abby Bentz, a 5-8 junior setter/outside hitter from Susquehannock.

Erin Dobbeck, a 5-7 senior setter from Central York.

Erin Harman, a 5-7 senior outside hitter from South Western.

Bayleigh Hoffman, a 5-7 senior setter from Dover.

Following is the complete list, in alphabetical order:

Hailey Adler, 5-9 junior outside hitter, West Chester Henderson.

Melann Amory, 5-10 senior outside hitter, Southern Lehigh.

Samantha Amos, 6-2 sophomore middle hitter, Upper St. Clair.

Abby Bentz, 5-8 junior setter/outside hitter, Susquehannock.

Annie Bozzo, 5-10 junior setter/outside hitter, Shaler.

Erin Dobbeck, 5-7 senior setter, Central York.

Eliza Donahue, 6-3 senior middle hitter, Hempfield.

Danielle Faust, 5-11 junior outside hitter, Exeter.

Kelly Friers, 6-2 senior setter, Cumberland Valley.

Caitlin Fitz, 5-8 senior outside hitter, Cardinal O’Hara.

Maddy George, 5-10 senior middle hitter, Garden Spot.

Rachael Graham, 5-7 junior setter, Downingtown East.

Erin Harman, 5-7 senior outside hitter, South Western.

Danielle Hayes, 6-0 senior middle hitter, Erie McDowell.

Bayleigh Hoffman, 5-7 senior setter, Dover.

Courtney Horace, 5-10 junior outside hitter, Easton.

Jenna Hostetler, 5-5 junior libero, Garnet Valley.

Melanie Ingram, 5-8 senior outside hitter, Upper Merion.

Christine Irwin, 5-10 senior outside hitter, State College.

Stacey Kazalas, 5-10 senior outside hitter, Bethel Park.

Alyssa Kelly, 6-2 senior opposite hitter, Delaware Valley.

Haley Kleespies, 5-10 junior setter, Bishop Shanahan.

Liz Kline, 5-5 junior libero, Shaler.

Veronica Koval, 5-8 senior setter/outside hitter, Parkland.

Taylor Leath, 6-3 senior outside hitter, State College.

Ashley Leto, 5-10 senior outside hitter, North Allegheny.

Karleigh Lutz, 5-11 senior outside hitter, Cumberland Valley.

Meg Morningstar, 6-2 junior middle hitter, North Allegheny.

Lauren Mueller, 5-10 junior outside hitter, Downingtown East.

Moira Mulholland, 5-9 senior outside hitter, Mount St. Joseph.

Mackenzie O’Brien, 6-0 junior outside hitter, Emmaus.

Gabby Olson, 6-3 senior middle hitter, Pine-Richland.

Brooke Priestas, 5-11 senior outside hitter, Liberty.

Shannon Restrepo, 5-11 junior setter, Exeter.

Alice Roberts, 6-1 senior outside hitter, Strath Haven.

Tara Savisky, 5-6 senior setter, West Allegheny.

Elizabeth Scott, 5-11 senior outside hitter, Cumberland Valley.

Angela Seman, 5-7 senior libero, Seneca Valley.

Emily Shannon, 5-7 junior outside hitter, Upper Merion.

Taylor Solo, 5-6 senior setter, Penn-Trafford.

Gabby Stick, 5-10 junior middle hitter, Exeter.

Josie Swenson, 5-10 senior opposite hitter, Spring-Ford.

Brienna Tankesley, 5-4 sophomore libero, Hempfield.

Alexandra Traynor, 5-11 senior outside hitter, Emmaus.

Cayla Veverka, 6-3 sophomore outside hitter, Perkiomen Valley.

Danielle Wall, 5-11 senior opposite hitter, North Allegheny.

Anna Wenger, 6-0 senior outside hitter, Hempfield.

Nicolette Yates, 5-6 senior libero/setter, Southern Lehigh.

Eight York-Adams League girls’ volleyball players have been selected to the All-District 3-AA teams.

Named to the first team were Delone Catholic’s Cambria Wierman and Hannah Lawrence, Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard and York Suburban’s Kayla Gibbs.

Selected to the second team were Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly and Cheyenne Altland, York Suburban’s Morgan Lehman and Bermudian Springs’ Madyson Whitcombe.

The Delone players helped the unbeaten Squirettes win a PIAA Class AA state championship. Wierman and Lawrence are seniors, while Comly and Altland are juniors. Wierman and Comly are outside hitters while Lawrence is a libero and Altland is a middle hitter.

Gibbs is a senior outside hitter and Reichard is a iunior middle hitter.

Lehman is a senior middle hitter, while Whitcombe is a sophomore middle hitter.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team is headed back to the state finals.

The District 3 champion Squirettes swept past District 12 champion Lansdale Catholic on Tuesday night, 25-18, 26-24, 25-18 at Garden Spot High School in a PIAA Class AA semifinal match.

Delone will now get another shot at Fort LeBoeuf in the state finals. Fort LeBoeuf beat Delone in last year’s state championship match, 3-1.

The 2013 state title contest is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Central York.

Fort LeBoeuf earned its state finals berth with a 3-0 semifinal win over District 10 rival Conneaut Area. Fort LeBoeuf had finished second to Conneaut Area in the District 10 Tournament.

Against Lansdale, Delone got strong statistical performances from Hannah Lawrence (18 digs), Cam Wierman (15 kills, eight digs, five aces), Maddie Comly (14 kills, nine digs), Sarah Senft (11 assists, six kills, five digs) and Katie Laughman (22 assists, nine digs).

York Dispatch Staff Report

York Suburban’s surprising postseason run came to a halt on Tuesday.

The Trojans were swept by District 12 champion Lansdale Catholic in a first-round PIAA Class AA girls’ volleyball match, 25-8, 25-16, 25-17.

The contest was held at the School of the Future in Philadelphia.

Suburban, after finishing second in York-Adams Division II, surged to a second-place finish in District 3-AA. That earned the Trojans a state playoff berth. Unfortunately, they ran into a powerhouse Lansdale Catholic team that improved to 25-2.

Suburban finished at 14-5.

Kayla Gibbs led Suburban with 10 digs and nine kills. Jordan Landis (12 digs) and Maura Brehl (five digs) also excelled for the Trojans.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team breezed into the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Wilson High School.

The District 3 champion Squirettes dominated District 12 runner-up Masterman, 25-13, 25-6, 25-17.

Delone is aiming to get back to the AA state finals. The Squirettes fell in the state title match a season ago.

Delone coach Jason Leppo was able to empty his bench in the rout of Masterman.

Kelly O’Boyle (17 assists), Katie Laughman (nine assists), Ashley Dressel (eight aces, four digs) and Hannah Lawrence (six digs) paced the Squirettes.

Delone will now face District 2 champion Holy Redeemer on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Holy Redeemer beat District 4 champion Troy on Tuesday, 3-0.

Nine York-Adams League girls’ volleyball players have been named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-District 3-AAA Teams.

Three local players made the first team: Susquehannock junior Abby Bentz, a 5-foot, 8-inch setter/outside hitter; Central York senior Erin Dobbeck, a 5-7 setter; and Dover senior Bayleigh Hoffman, a 5-7 setter.

The York-Adams players earning second-team honors were: Spring Grove junior Mia Bennett, a 5-9 middle hitter; South Western senior Erin Harman, a 5-7 outside hitter; and Susquehannock senior Beth Miller, a 5-6 libero.

The third-team members from the local league were: Red Lion freshman Lindsay Blevins, a 5-9 outside hitter; Central York senior Naya Cheatem, a 5-8 middle hitter; and Central York junior Andrea Quartey, a 5-11 middle hitter.

Below is the complete list of all-stars:


Abby Bentz, junior 5-8, S/OH, Susquehannock.

Erin Dobbeck, senior 5-7, S, Central York.

Eliza Donahue, senior, 6-3, MH, Hempfield.

Kelly Friers, senior, 6-2, S, Cumberland Valley.

Maddy George, senior, 5-10, MH, Garden Spot.

Bayleigh Hoffman, senior, 5-7, S, Dover.

Karleigh Lutz, senior, 5-11, OH, Cumberland Valley.

Elizabeth Scott, junior, 5-11, OH, Cumberland Valley.

Shannon Restrepo, junior, 5-11, S, Exeter.

Anna Wenger, senior, 6-0, OH, Hempfield.


Mia Bennett, junior, 5-9, MH, Spring Grove.

Danielle Faust, junior, 5-11, OH, Exeter.

Erin Harman, senior, 5-7, OH, South Western.

Beth Miller, senior, 5-6, L, Susquehannock.

Lydia Mueller, senior, 5-11, S/OPP, Carlisle.

Jada Pickett, senior, 5-8, OH, Chambersburg.

Gabbie Stick, junior, 5-10, MH, Exeter.

Brienna Tankesley, sophomore, 5-5, L, Hempfield.

Rose Veliky, senior, 5-9, OH, Central Dauphin.

Jessie Wallace, senior, 6-1, MH, Wilson.


Nicole Allen, senior, 5-8, S, Conestoga Valley.

Lindsay Blevins, freshman, 5-9, OH, Red Lion.

Naya Cheatem, senior, 5-8, MH, Central York.

Evie Dunagan, junior, 5-8, OH, Manheim Central.

Becca Flickinger, senior, 5-4, L, Gettysburg.

Gia Gruett, junior, 5-8, MH. Warwick.

Gabriella Johnson, sophomore, 5-9, OH, Gov. Mifflin.

Andrea Quartey, junior, 5-11, MH, Central York.

Alycia Rohrer, junior, 6-2, Opp, Hempfield.

Lizzy Schultz, junior, 5-10, OH, Exeter.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x455 / @YAIAAscores

Susquehannock’s Brittney Fitzgerald, right, puts the ball back to Cumberland Valley’s Marybeth Weihbracht in Thursday’s game. CV bested Susquehannock in the District 3-AAA semifinal match. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

DALLASTOWN — There are a lot of skills on the volleyball court that can come and go during a match.

Cumberland Valley, however, possesses one attribute that doesn’t go away — size.

The Susquehannock girls learned that the hard way on Thursday night in the District 3-AAA semifinals.

The Eagles boast a trio of tall hitters in setter Kelly Friers (6-foot-2), Peighton Wright (6-3) and Lizzy Scott (5-10). They gave the Warriors fits all night.

While Coach Rob Marrison’s club put forth its best effort, in the end it was too tall a task for the York-Adams League Division I champions. The Warriors failed to convert on three chances to win a pivotal Game 3 and couldn’t recover. CV bested Susquehannock, 25-17, 17-25, 28-26, 25-17, at Dallastown High School to advance to Saturday’s finals.

The Eagles will face Hempfield, a 3-0 winner over Garden Spot, in the championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday back at Dallastown High.

The Warriors, meanwhile, still have a shot to earn a berth into the PIAA state playoffs by winning the district third-place match against the Spartans at 5 p.m. Saturday at Dallastown Middle School.

Size was a huge factor against the Warriors on Thursday, a point not lost on Marrison, whose club lacks a player taller than 5-10.

“If I had one kid that was 6-foot-something, that would be great,” Marrison said. “I looked in the gym here tonight and between Cumberland Valley and Hempfield it was like, ‘good lord.'”

CV coach Jackie Orner is grateful to be blessed with such a big and dynamic club.

“You can’t teach big,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

The Eagles utilized their size to their advantage in rolling to an easy victory in Game 1. After the match was briefly tied at 1-1, CV scored the next three points and never looked back. Susquehannock fell behind by as many as nine (21-12) before a late rally, but it was too little, too late.

“We’ve played some tall teams in some tournaments this year and we’ve competed well,” Marrison said. “But if we’re not really on our service game and playing defense at the level that we need to, then the height really breaks us down.”

Susquehannock’s Bethany Miller, front, and teammate Abbey Barnhart collide while trying to dig a shot against Cumberland Valley on Thursday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

The late push in Game 1 carried over to Game 2. The Warriors pushed the lead to 5-2 early, thanks to some CV miscues. The snowball effect continued and Marrison’s club eventually built a 21-11 lead before cruising to even the match.

“That’s ball control and not staying in our offense,” Orner said of her team’s play in Game 2. “That’s something that this group needs to work on. But we also have to get to where their weaknesses are and they don’t have many.”

In the pivotal Game 3, the Eagles appeared to be completely in control after storming to a 19-12 lead, but the Warriors rallied with a 12-3 run to earn a 24-22 edge.

On the cusp of taking a 2-1 lead, the Warriors couldn’t put it away. CV got a pair of kills to even it up and the teams battled back-and-forth down the stretch. A hitting error and a passing error by the Warriors on back-to-back plays with the score at 26-26 allowed the Eagles to prevail, 28-26.

“I thought at the start of that game that we really dug ourselves a big hole,” Marrison said. “We were able to attack more balls to the one position, and that’s what we were able to do, and that’s what got us back into it.”

CV broke open Game 4 with the score tied at 7-7 when Scott spurred a four-point run. Marrison’s club would only cut the deficit to as close as two (12-10) before the Eagles ran away with things late.

“I just felt that we had a lot of energy that I thought we could carry over to Game 4, but it just didn’t go there for us,” he said. “They broke us down totally with their big block all night.”

Abigail Bentz led the Warriors with 14 kills to go with seven assists, 11 digs and two blocks. Kelly Franz dished out a team-high 17 assists, while libero Bethany Miller finished with 24 digs.

CV was led by Scott’s 17 kills while Friers, perhaps one of the tallest setters throughout District 3, finished with 42 assists to go with seven kills.

– Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


York Dispatch Staff Report

The York-Adams League will have a District 3-AA girls’ volleyball champion.

And two area teams will compete in the PIAA Class AA state playoffs.

That much was determined on Thursday night at Wilson High School.

The York-Adams girls flexed their volleyball muscles in West Lawn, earning a pair of District 3-AA semifinal triumphs.

The York Suburban girls earned a stirring 18-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-10 come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Palmyra.

Delone Catholic, meanwhile, had a much easier time in downing Berks Catholic, 25-13, 25-21, 25-23.

Suburban and Delone will now meet for the District 3-AA championship back in York County. The title showdown is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Dallastown High School.

The Squirettes and Trojans did not meet in the regular season. Delone won the York-Adams Division III and York-Adams Tournament championships, while Suburban finished second in York-Adams Division II.

Suburban’s triumph over Palmyra had to be considered an upset. The Cougars entered the match at 21-0 after rolling to the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial crown. They were ranked No. 2 in the final District 3-AA power ratings, just behind Delone and just ahead of Suburban.

The Trojans (14-3) received contributions from a variety of players. Emily Miller produced 22 assists, while Kayla Gibbs added 18 digs and 15 kills. Maura Brehl contributed 13 kills and 10 digs. Mikala McBride (13 assists) and Morgan Lehman (10 kills) also did their fair share.

In the fifth-and-deciding game, the Trojans rallied from an 8-5 hole to complete the dramatic comeback. And in the third game, Suburban rallied from a 17-10 deficit to begin its comeback.

Now Suburban will have to contend with a Delone program which is quite familiar with the big stage. The Squirettes are the defending District 3-AA champions and they advanced all the way to the PIAA Class AA state finals a year ago. They handed Berks Catholic, which was No. 4 in the final District 3-AA power ratings, its only two losses of the season — both sweeps.

Delone improved to 23-0, while Berks Catholic fell to 17-2. Cambria Wierman had 13 kills for Delone, while Maddie Comley added eight kills.

Overall, Delone has won nine District 3-AA titles in its history. Suburban, meanwhile, will be looking for its first district crown since 1976, when they won the second of its back-to-back District 3 titles. In that era, there was only a single class in District 3 girls’ volleyball.

By advancing to the finals, both Delone and Suburban earned berths in the upcoming state playoffs.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The York-Adams League advanced three teams into the District 3 Girls’ Volleyball Tournament semifinals on Tuesday.

Division I champion Susquehannock downed Warwick, 25-12, 25-22, 25-21, to move to the Class AAA semifinals.

The Division I runner-up, Central York, wasn’t as fortunate, falling to Garden Spot in a five-game AAA thriller, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 18-25, 15-11.

In Class AA, meanwhile, both Delone Catholic and York Suburban moved to the semifinals. Delone swept York-Adams foe West York, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13. The Squirettes are fresh off winning York-Adams Division III and league tournament titles. Also in AA, Division II runner-up York Suburban rallied to down Trinity, 22-25, 25-15, 25-13, 26-24.

—In Susquehannock’s win at Hempfield, Bethany Miller (20 digs), Abigail Bentz (19 assists, 13 kills, 13 digs), Kaila Glenn (11 kills) and Kelly Franz (17 assists, six digs) were the stat leaders for the Warriors. Susquehannock now faces Cumberland Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallastown High School in a semifinal contest. Cumberland Valley downed Exeter on Tuesday, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18.

—In Suburban’s win at Lower Dauphin, the Trojans were paced by Kayla Gibbs (17 kills, 15 digs), Jordan Landis (23 digs), Maura Brehl (15 kills, nine digs, four blocks), Emily Miller (20 assists, 11 digs) and Mikala McBride (19 assists). Suburban’s semifinal foe is Palmyra, with the match set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilson. Palmyra downed West Perry in its quarterfinal match on Tuesday, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.

—In Delone’s triumph at Central York, the unbeaten Squirettes were powered by Hannah Lawrence (20 digs), Cambria Wierman (10 kills, eight digs) and Katie Laughman (27 assists, five digs). The Bulldogs got big nights from Alexis Harbold (13 digs), Olivia Drawbaugh (12 digs, nine assists) and Shaina Robinett (15 digs, four kills). Delone now faces Berks Catholic in a semifinal battle, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wilson. Berks Catholic punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 25-16, 25-11, 25-20 win over Northern York on Tuesday.

—In Central’s loss at Dallastown, Naya Cheatem (19 kills), Andrea Quartey (15 kills), Emily Poole (10 kills), Erin Dobbeck (30 assists), Taylor Krinock (10 assists) and Alexis Biesecker (seven digs) led the Panthers.


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