SPRING GROVE -- There was a lot of emotion before Thursday's girls' volleyball match between Spring Grove and Susquehannock.
There was good reason for that -- the Rockets held a ceremony to honor the memory of Jazmine Rae Cope.
Cope, who died from a rare form of bone marrow cancer nearly two years ago, was known for her upbeat attitude and her smile. Even while battling the disease that would ultimately claim her life, her friends said Cope never gave up hope. The Hope for Cope Foundation that she started in early 2010 was evidence of that fact.
The Rockets honored their former friend and teammate with a speech from one of Cope's best friends, Samantha Bollinger.
"Jazmine was a dear friend to all of us and tonight we are honored to dedicate our match to her," Bollinger said.
While Bollinger talked about her friend and her battle with the disease, she finished by announcing that the volleyball team and its boosters had raised $1,700 to donate to the Hope for Cope Foundation.
"It's an awesome feeling that nobody forgot about her," Jazmine's father, Jay Cope, said. "This was a great help to the foundation, which was created because of her. So a night like this was just fantastic."
It was the second year that the Rockets and Coach Dawn Myers were able to celebrate Jazmine's life while also helping the cause that she began. The team had a special chair set up on the bench in Cope's honor with the letters "JAZ" taped on the seat cushion.
"When I think of Jazmine, it's all volleyball related," Myers said. "She spent her last year with us. She came and she sat on the bench with us and that was really special."
While the night allowed everyone to reflect on Jazmine Cope's memory, it also was an occasion for the foundation to raise money for all of the gifts it's able to provide.
"What also is very special is that the foundation gives a Spring Grove senior an $1,800 scholarship," Myers said. "They've had two so far. That is something that is really special that they are able to give back to the program."
For those interested in helping the Hope for Cope Foundation, there will be a "Pink Out" at the football game on Friday, Oct. 5, against Central York. In addition to accepting cash donations throughout the night, the foundation will also collect items for its Christmas drive that supports children with cancer at the Hershey Medical Center.
For further information, visit the foundation's website at http://www.hopeforcope.org.
Warriors prevail on an emotional night: The only thing that could have made the night any more special for Spring Grove would have been an upset by the home team over the Division I-leading Warriors.
The visitors, however, didn't allow that wish to come true, rolling to a 25-10, 25-20, 25-12 victory.
Susquehannock remained alone atop the division standings, improving to 5-0. Spring Grove fell to 3-3.
The Warriors took advantage of the emotions spent by the Rockets during the pre-game ceremony by ripping off a 16-0 run to go up 18-2.
"That was a pretty emotional presentation that they had at the beginning of the game," Susquehannock coach Rob Marrison said. "I think it's pretty hard to get your team fired up after something like that. I know a lot of girls were in tears while (Bollinger) was reading her tribute."
Marrison was touched by the tribute to Cope and the positive things the Rockets have done to honor their former teammate.
"It was really nice," he said. "That was some young kids going out of their way to help others. This was pretty awesome."
The Rockets rebounded well after the thumping in Game 1 and took a 16-14 lead midway through Game 2. The visitors, however, responded with a five-point run to regain the lead and never looked back.
Game 3 again started out poorly for the home team, which fell behind 4-0. The Rockets did cut the deficit to two points (6-4) at one point, but never got any closer. The Warriors reeled off a number of runs to complete the sweep.
Abigail Bentz led Susquehannock with eight kills. Bentz also tallied 11 digs, while setter Rachel Moltz finished with 22 assists, six kills, three aces and three digs. Libero Geena Weger collected 23 digs, while Beth Garrison recorded 13 digs and four aces.
Katie Baynum led the Rockets with five kills and three blocks. Libero Adrienne Marcionette finished with 12 digs, while Bollinger collected nine digs.
OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
YORK SUBURBAN 3, NEW OXFORD 0: At Suburban, Kayla Gibbs and Morgan Lehman combined for 13 kills to help the Trojans sweep the Colonials, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19. Alexis Gettle supplied 20 assists, and Lindsay Saxman made 17 digs for Suburban, which improved its York-Adams Division II record to 6-0. Alexis Hufnagel pounded nine kills, and Bonaire Berry delivered 15 assists for New Oxford. The Trojans won the JV match, 25-13, 25-15.
DELONE CATHOLIC 3, LITTLESTOWN 0: At Littlestown, Delone remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division III with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-11 victory. The Squirettes are now 5-0 in division contests. Allie Mondorff filled the statistics sheets for Delone with three aces, five digs and 21 assists. Mondorff's teammates, Maddie Comly and Cambria Wierman, combined for 11 kills. Taylor Nicol had five kills for Littlestown, and Lauren Slater supplied eight assists. Delone also captured the JV match, 25-17, 25-19.
NORTHEASTERN 3, EASTERN 2: At Manchester, Northeastern won the final two sets to pull out a 21-25, 25-16, 27-29, 25-19, 15-11 victory. Bayle Sowers delivered 10 kills and 18 digs for the Bobcats, and Holly Shoemaker supplied 31 assists and 13 digs. Cory Cook (11 kills, four digs) and Shelby McGuigan (six digs) also aided the winners. Lexi Rhein (17 kills, 18 digs, 15 assists), Lauren Reichard (10 kills, six blocks), Erin Kalke (five kills, six digs), Jordan Murray (four kills, five digs, four blocks) and Allie Crumling (six kills, six digs) led Eastern. Northeastern prevailed in the JV match, 25-17, 26-24.
CENTRAL 3, DOVER 0: At Dover, the Panthers won the match, 25-9, 25-16, 25-19. Hadley Swartz led the Panthers with 10 kills, four aces and five digs. Sydney Gallagher had eight kills and three digs, Erin Dobbeck had 34 assists and Andrea Quartey had five kills and three blocks. Central improved to 4-1 in York-Adams Division I. For the Eagles, Bayleigh Hoffman had nine kills, 12 assists, four aces and seven digs, while Kylie Foust and Megan Blazosky each had five kills. Central won the JV match, 25-10, 25-4.
RED LION 3, DALLAS TOWN 0: At Red Lion, the Lions won the York-Adams Division I match, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23. Marley Vebares led the Lions with 17 kills, five digs and three blocks. Brooke Daugherty had 28 assists and four digs, Clarissa Fuller had nine digs, three kills and three assists and Haley Barto and Kami Harvey each had five kills. For Dallastown, McKenzie Peters had 14 assists and five kills, while Katie Pennewill had eight assists, five kills and five digs. Becca Flinchbaugh had eight kills and eight digs. Red Lion won the JV match, 24-26, 25-12, 15-10.
KENNARD-DALE 3, WEST YORK 0: At West York, Jess Myers racked up 18 kills and 10 digs, and Anna Clements furnished 19 assists for K-D in a 25-22, 25-12, 25-15 victory. Sara Tarbert, Malaina McConville and Olivia Becker combined for 19 Rams' kills. West York's Alara Benedict had eight assists. Lauren Fink supplied six kills and 18 digs for the home team, and Dixie Miller furnished five kills. West York took the JV match, 25-16, 25-14.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 3, FAIRFIELD 0: At Fairfield, the Eagles won the York-Adams Division III match, 25-12, 25-12, 25-9. Shianne Fisher led the Eagles with 24 assists and three aces. Lauren Shearer had nine kills. For the Green Knights, Renee Eckert had five assists. Bermudian won the JV match, 25-11, 22-25, 25-4.
HANOVER 3, YORK TECH 0: At Spry, the Hawkettes won the York-Adams Division III match, 25-5, 25-8, 25-12. Shelby Barnes led the visitors with five kills and five aces. Renee Drawbaugh had nine aces and 13 assists.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.