DALLASTOWN _ Looking ahead to Tuesday's semifinals was never a problem for the Delone Catholic girls' volleyball team on Monday night in the York-Adams League Tournament quarterfinals.
Sure, the Squirettes already knew that a win over West York would set up a semifinal showdown for the Division III champions against Division I winner Susquehannock. Delone, however, remained focused on beating a Bulldog team that was hoping for an upset.
Coach Jason Leppo's team survived a shaky Game 2 against the Division II third-place team and rolled to a 25-11, 25-22, 25-15 victory. With the Warriors' 25-8, 25-12, 25-19 triumph over York Catholic, two of the most dominant programs in the league over the past decade will get their much-anticipated clash, with the winner advancing to Tuesday's finals.
The other semifinal will feature a pair of Division I teams in South Western and Central. The Mustangs rolled to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Division II champion York Suburban, while the Panthers ousted Division II runner-up New Oxford, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20.
"Sure it was probably in the back of their minds," Leppo said about a possible battle with Susquehannock. "But we had to know that we can't get to Susquehannock without getting by West York. I didn't have to say anything. We just knew that that is the way it is."
The Delone serve-receive had some issues in Game 2 against West York and a similar breakdown probably will spell doom if repeated Tuesday.
"It just kind of broke down," Leppo said. "And that can not happen (Tuesday) night. We were fortunate to win the game."
Now that the showdown is certain, Leppo doubts that the semifinal will end in a sweep. Delone, which works out with the Warriors in the offseason, knocked off Susquehannock in a one-game playoff in a tournament earlier this season.
"It's like looking at a mirror," Leppo said of the two teams. "A lot of the styles offensively and defensively are the same (between the two teams). I don't know who will win, but I'm willing to wager that it won't just be three games."
Cambria Wierman led the Squirettes (19-0) with 11 kills and nine digs. Setter Allie Mondorff had a terrific night, dishing out 23 assists to go with four kills and a game-high seven aces. Hannah Lawrence led Delone's defense with 16 digs.
While Susquehannock coach Rob Marrison was happy with the result against York Catholic, he knows that the most important thing Tuesday will be to avoid any further injuries. Three of the Warriors starters _ setter Rachel Moltz, outside hitter Beth Garrison and opposite hitter Leah Deter _ all played Monday with injuries they've been dealing with for more than a week.
"We're trying to get healthy before districts (on Saturday)," Marrison said. "Rachel has an ankle, Beth has a knee and Leah has some sort of neck injury. They all played tonight, but some of them sparingly."
Marrison indicated that he expects all three to play and make a difference Tuesday. He did say, however, that he won't risk further injury to any of those three to win the league title if it puts capturing the revamped District 3 tournament at jeopardy.
"Our bigger picture is focusing on Saturday and that first round of districts," he said.
Abigail Bentz (10 digs, nine kills), Moltz (28 assists), Genna Weger (10 digs) and Garrison (10 digs) led the Warriors.
Central will get a crack at a spot in the finals if they can continue their domination of South Western on Tuesday. The Panthers swept the Mustangs in both meetings this season and will enter the showdown after a nice rest over the weekend.
"We gave (the girls) a three-day break over the weekend," Central coach Nate Ocasio said. "So we're rested and we thought that tonight would be a great warm-up game against New Oxford, who's a tough team."
Hadley Swartz led the Panthers with 17 kills to go with eight digs. Sydney Gallagher finished with 11 kills, while setter Erin Dobbeck dished out 38 assists. Middle hitter Andrea Quarterly finished with a game-high five blocks.
South Western survived a roller-coaster night to get by the Trojans. While Coach Cathy Harman was pleased with the victory, she knows that her team can't continue to play inconsistently and expect to win Tuesday.
"I have to say that I don't think the girls at any point panicked," she said. "But I do not like that we dug holes from time to time and that we had to dig ourselves out of them."
Now Harman is hoping her team can find a way to challenge the Panthers, who swept South Western in three games during both victories.
"We have to find a way to put some blocks up," she said. "And if we don't do that, we have to play strong defense. We'll have to serve tough ... serve aggressively and pass and play defense better than we did tonight."
Erin Harman led the Mustangs with 12 kills and 12 digs. Setter Mariah Krumrine dished out 25 assists to go with 10 digs, six kills and four aces, while libero Sarah Bortner recorded 23 digs.