BLOG: West York, Palmyra meet yet again in PIAA battle

Steve Heiser

West York will face a familiar foe at a nearby site on Saturday.

Tesia Thomas excelled on the volleyball court for West York last fall as a freshman. She's hoping to have an even bigger impact this season as a sophomore.

There will be plenty on the line — namely a berth in the PIAA Class 3-A girls' volleyball state semifinals.

The Bulldogs will battle Palmyra at 11 a.m. Saturday in a quarterfinal contest at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Lancaster County. For West York fans, that will only be a journey of about 25 miles to the northeast.

The Bulldogs and the Cougars will meet for the third time this season.

In the first meeting back in September, West York swept Palmyra. In the rematch in the District 3 Class 3-A semifinals, the Cougars turned the tables and triumphed in five sets.

“That was absolutely a different team,” West York coach Joe Ramp said of Palmyra after its victory in the district semifinals. “And I forewarned (our players) about that. When we played them at Red Lion (in September), I said, ‘that’s not the same Palmyra that is going to be coming into this place.'”

Now the rubber match is Saturday.

West York (23-4) enters as the York-Adams League Division II champion and the fourth-place team from District 3. Palmyra (17-4) ended up as the District 3 runner-up.

The Bulldogs won their PIAA opener over District 1 champion Gwynedd-Mercy in five sets. Palmyra, meanwhile, swept District 2 champion Greater Nanticoke.

The winner of Saturday's contest will advance to Tuesday's semifinals, at a site and time to be determined, against either District 12 champion Cardinal O'Hara or District 11 champion Allentown Central Catholic.

In the most recent Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll, West York was ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 3-A, while Palmyra was ranked No,. 5. Allentown Central Catholic was ranked No. 1 and Cardinal O'Hara was not ranked in the top 10. Gwynedd-Mercy had been ranked No. 6 before falling to West York.

Delone headed to Chambersburg: The Bulldogs won't be the only York-Adams girls' volleyball team in action on Saturday in state quarterfinal play.

The Delone Catholic Squirettes, ranked No. 1 in the latest PVCA Class 2-A state poll, will take on District 5 champion North Star at 12:30 p.m. at Chambersburg High School in Franklin County.

North Star is ranked No. 8 in the PVCA Class 2-A poll.

Delone, the York-Adams League Division III and District 3 Class 2-A champion, will have a significantly shorter trip at about 37 miles. North Star, from Boswell just south of Johnstown, will have a trip of more than 100 miles.

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Both Delone (18-3) and North Star (20-1) rolled to three-set victories in their state openers.

The Delone-North Star winner will advance to the the state semifinals on Tuesday, at a site and time to be determined, to face the winner of the Saturday's quarterfinal contest between District 1 champion New Hope Solebury and District 2 champion Holy Redeemer. Holy Redeemer is ranked No. 4 in the state in 2-A, while New Hope Solebury is unranked.

Adams County schools in soccer action: In addition to West York and Delone in girls' volleyball, two other York-Adams League schools will be involved in state quarterfinal soccer action on Saturday.

In Class 3-A boys, District 3 runner-up Gettysburg will take on District 1 champion Radnor at 3 p.m. at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon.

The Warriors are coming off a 2-0 first-round victory over District 12 champion Archbishop Wood. Radnor won by the same score over Fleetwood, the fourth-place team from District 3. Gettysburg routed Fleetwood in the District 3 semifinals, 4-0.

The York-Adams champion Warriors enter at 21-3. Radnor is 14-7-1. Both schools face a trip of about 70 miles to Lebanon.

The winner will advance to Tuesday's semifinals, at a site and time to be determined, against the winner of Saturday's quarterfinal between Daniel Boone and Northwestern Lehigh. Daniel is the third-place team District 3, while Northwestern Lehigh is the District 11 champion.

In Class 1-A girls, the District 3 champion Fairfield Green Knights will meet District 4 runner-up Benton at Tulpehocken High School. in Bernville, Berks County, at noon.

York-Adams Division III champion Fairfield rolled in its state opener, 6-0, over District 1 champion Christian Academy. Benton, meanwhile, edged District 2 Lakeland, 2-1, in its state first-round contest.

Fairfield is 22-1, while Benton is 20-2. Fairfield will face a little less travel at just more than 60 miles, compared to just less than 80 miles for Benton.

The winner will move on to Tuesday's semifinals, at a site and time to be determined, against either District 4 champion Warrior Run or District 12 champion Conwell-Egan. Warrior Run ousted York Catholic in its state opener, 4-0. Fairfield and York Catholic are York-Adams Division III rivals. The Green Knights beat York Catholic three times this season.

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