EMIGSVILLE -- Everyone in the York-Adams League knows about Dover's Ryan Lamparter.
The do-it-all senior is hard to miss with his booming kills, effective blocks and tough jump-serve.
For the Eagles to be as successful, however, they'll need more than Lamparter.
Tuesday night against defending PIAA Class AAA state champion Central York, Dover found a mix that just might be its blueprint for success.
Tyler Lehman stepped up while the Panthers focused on Lamparter. The senior led the way with 14 kills, three aces and seven digs. Lamparter still had a good night. The Eagles' outside hitter finished with 10 kills, three aces and three digs to help Dover to a 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 sweep.
"Tyler played well," Dover coach Chris Kennedy said. "And that's what we're going to need going forward. Everybody in the area knows that Ryan Lamparter is our go-to guy, but to see other guys step up and play the way we did is a good step in the right direction."
Central coach Brad Livingston was also impressed with Lehman.
"We've seen (Lehman) play a couple of times and I thought he had a good game tonight ... unfortunately," Livingston said.
The Eagles took advantage of some miscues by the Panthers, who lost most of the their firepower from last year's championship squad.
"I thought we played very timidly at first," said Livingston, who's replacing his setter, libero and most of his front line this year.
Whether or not the Panthers are -- or as Livingston hopes -- will be as good as last year's team doesn't matter to their opponents, who are gunning to take down the defending state champions.
"I think this year pretty much everybody is going to play their best game against us," Livingston said. "We're going to have to get a little tougher and do things a little better."
Dover broke a 10-all deadlock in Game 1 with a five-point run and never looked back in taking the early lead. The Eagles led throughout Game 2, although the Panthers made it interesting by drawing to within 21-20.
Kennedy called a timeout at that point to regroup his side and it worked perfectly. His team rebounded with a three-point run.
The victory was another boost for the Eagles, who remain ranked No. 6 in the latest Pennsylvania State Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA poll. Dover (2-1) dropped a hard-fought, five-game match against rival Northeastern last week, but has rebounded with a nice quarterfinal showing at the Northeastern Tournament this past weekend and then again Tuesday night.
"After we won that second game (25-22) I told them that I think they can beat the defending state champs in three," Kennedy said. "And that motivated them."
It also motivated Livingston's team. The Panthers stormed out to a nine-point (15-6) lead in Game 3 and appeared headed to victory.
Rallying back from that deficit not only gave Kennedy's team even more confidence, it also let the coach know that his team has something even bigger -- heart.
"We were down six points against Northeastern and to win and then to be down nine points here in the third game and come back to win shows that this team has heart," Kennedy said. "If that was in doubt, it isn't anymore."
Brandon Krone led the Dover offense with 23 assists, while Tyler Wiley and Brendan Warren each had seven digs.
Spencer Ortmyer led Central (1-1) with nine kills, while Ryan Gardner finished with eight. Sophomore setter Dylan Hose finished with 33 assists, while Josh Van Wyk and Royce Clemens each tallied six digs.
OTHER BOYS' VOLLEYBALL
DALLASTOWN 3, RED LION 1: At Dallastown, Barrett Wingard pounded 16 kills to help power the Wildcats past their arch-rival, 25-17, 25-11, 23-25, 25-19. Derek Peiffer supplied 29 assists for the winners, and Eric Swartz recorded 13 digs and six kills. Dallastown moved to 3-0 in York-Adams action. Dylan Horne, Sam Marks and Jake Frey combined for 20 Red Lion kills. Dan Longnecker assisted on 18 points for the Lions, and Dalton Fishel made 18 digs. Red Lion won the JV match, 25-12, 25-18.
SPRING GROVE 3, EASTERN YORK 2: At Spring Grove, the home team rallied for a dramatic 17-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10 victory. Drew Blecher (34 assists, six digs), Aaron Hoff (20 kills, five digs), Dalton Hall (14 digs) and Derek Forbes (nine kills) led the Rockets. Eastern was paced by Bryan Sloat (38 assists, 16 digs, five kills) and Sandon Eaton (18 kills, 13 digs). Eastern won the JV match, 25-18, 25-22.
NORTHEASTERN 3, KENNARD-DALE 1: At Manchester, the Bobcats dropped the opening game but rallied for a 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 victory. Luke Braswell (42 assists, 11 digs), Malik Jefferson (six kills, three blocks) and Chris Curry (six kills) led the Bobcats, who are 2-0 in York-Adams action. The Rams were paced by Alex Caldwell (35 assists) and Nate Ellis (15 kills, five blocks, four digs). Northeastern won the JV match, 25-15, 25-15.
YORK SUBURBAN 3, SUSQUEHANNOCK 0: At Glen Rock, the Trojans rolled a 25-16, 25-9, 25-21 triumph. Jaryd Eshler (18 kills, seven digs), Kody Dieter (37 assists) and Jacob Kauffman (10 kills) led the winners, who improved to 3-0 in York-Adams action. Susquehannock's stat leaders were Thomas Michels (13 digs), Alex Miller (four kills, six digs) and Jon Rouse (11 assists, six digs). Suburban also won the JV match, 25-12, 25-13.
WEST YORK 3, NEW OXFORD 0: At West York, the Bulldogs grabbed a 25-17, 25-16, 25-13 victory. Evan Farrell (25 assists), Bryce Love (11 kills, four digs) and Josh Rinehart (seven kills, five aces) powered West York. New Oxford was led by Tyler Steckbeck's five kills.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.