BLOG: District 3 boys' volleyball pairings set

Patrick Strohecker

The District 3 boys' volleyball pairings were released on Sunday and four York-Adams League teams qualified between the two classes.

Starting in Class AA, Northeastern and York Suburban enter as the top overall seeds and earned first-round byes into next Monday's quarterfinal round. The Bobcats will face the winner of Thursday night's opening-round match between Garden Spot and Cocalico, both teams from the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Northeastern is ranked No. 1 in the state in AA and is looking to secure its fourth straight state volleyball crown. The Bobcats recently finished an unbeaten run through the York-Adams League regular season.

Reese Devilbiss (left) and Northeastern will look to win its fourth straight District 3-AA title this year, entering as the top seed in the 10-team field.

The Bobcats only dropped one game all year, losing to AAA top-ranked Parkland in the championship match of the Kohler Classic. Northeastern responded to that defeat by then knocking off Parkland in straight sets on the road just a few days later.

Suburban will face the winner of Brandywine Heights and Palmyra in the quarterfinal round. Suburban is ranked seventh in the state in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association AA Poll. There are 10 teams in the AA field.

Class AAA: In the AAA bracket, two more York County schools qualified for the 12-team field.

Red Lion will have to go through the opening-round match in order to make it to the quarterfinals. The Lions will take on Lower Dauphin on Thursday at Dallastown High School at 7:30 p.m. Should the Lions win, they'll take on York County rival Central York in the quarterfinals on Monday.

The Panthers earned a bye into the quarterfinal round and are looking to win their third consecutive District 3-AAA title. Central York is also ranked third in the state in AAA, trailing only Parkland and Bethel Park.

Central York's Zak Kakos is one of four York County players on the powerhouse Yorktowne Volleyball Club’s 18 Blue Team.

Potential conflict: It should be noted that both the AA and AAA championship and third-place matches are on Friday, May 27.

May 27 is also the date when Central will hold its graduation. Should the Panthers win their quarterfinal match and make it to the semifinals, they'll automatically qualify to play in either the championship or third-place match on May 27, meaning a scheduling conflict with their graduation.

However, the District 3 committee announced that should that situation arise, Central will play its respective match on Thursday, May 26, to accommodate any student-athletes participating in graduation. The time and location of the potential Thursday match will be at 7 p.m. at Dallastown High School.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at