EMIGSVILLE — It's hard to completely stop everything that the Northeastern boys' volleyball club can throw at you offensively.
With hitters such as Reese Devilbiss, Matt Hollinger, Philip White and Casey Winand threatening to put away points, it's a pick-your-poison situation.
But when the Bobcats are thriving at the service line in conjunction with that attack, look out.
That's what York-Adams League rival York Suburban found out again Wednesday night at Central York High School in the District 3-AA semifinals.
Northeastern collected six aces while continually applying pressure at the service line. Devilbiss (two aces) and Hollinger (three aces) both served well to make like difficult for the Suburban defenders.
And just like they did in the regular season, the Bobcats were able to put a complete game together to sweep the Trojans, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16.
The defending district and PIAA champs will take on Garden Spot, which downed Schuylkill Valley in five games (25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 16-25, 15-10), in the title contest at 6 p.m. Friday at Dallastown High School. Suburban will take on SV in the third-place game back at Central on Friday with a start time of 4:30 p.m.
Regardless of Friday's results, both teams are already assured of berths into the PIAA state playoffs, which begin next week.
"I'm pretty happy," Northeastern coach Matt Wilson said. "I think Suburban has come a long way this season and I thought we handled it pretty well."
Wilson pointed to his team's serving as a main reason it will have a chance to defend its district title.
"We kept the pressure on them from the service line," he said. "Reese had one of his better serving matches. Serving is probably one area that he has to work at the most, but I thought his serve came alive, which led into some digs and transition points scored."
Suburban coach Jamie Evans pointed to another Bobcat — Hollinger — as a key. Hollinger ripped off a couple of aces early in Game 1 to set the tone, one that Evans' club could never fully recover from.
"Just too many runs," Evans said. "I think we gave up 12 points to Matt Hollinger in Game 1 and that's half the game off one server. And you just can't allow that at this level."
Devilbiss led all players with 16 kills, while Winand added seven, White had five and Hollinger had four. Setter Luke Braswell, who collected five kills himself, dished out 31 assists.
Suburban standout Jacob Kauffman stood out for the Trojans. He led them with 12 kills. Ryan Bury added eight kills, while Lars Dalemar and Kaleb Ansell combined to dish out 27 assists.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.