BLOG: West York girls face No. 1 team in PIAA semifinal

Steve Heiser

The West York girls' volleyball team faces a big hurdle if it hopes to reach the PIAA Class 3-A state championship contest.

The Bulldogs will travel to Exeter High School in Berks County on Tuesday for 3-A state semifinal battle. The contest is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

West York's Abbey James sets the ball earlier this season. The Bulldogs will face Allentown Central Catholic in a Class 3-A state semifinal on Tuesday at Exeter High School in Berks County. John A. Pavoncello photo

The Bulldogs, the fourth-place team from District 3, will take on District 11 champion Allentown Central Catholic. The winner will advance to Saturday's title match, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Richland High School in Johnstown.

Allentown Central Catholic enters Tuesday's contest as the top-ranked team in the state in 3-A according to the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. West York comes in at No. 8.

En route to the state semifinals, however, the Bulldogs have already knocked off two teams ranked ahead of them — No. 6 Gwynedd Mercy and No. 5 Palmyra.

The victory over Palmyra came in impressive fashion during the quarterfinals on Saturday, 26-24, 26-24, 25-15. It was the third meeting of the season between Palmyra and West York. The two teams had split their two previous meetings.

ACC enters Tuesday's match off a three-game sweep of District 12 champion Cardinal O'Hara on Saturday in its quarterfinal contest.

West York faces a trip of just more than 60 miles to Exeter, while ACC will travel about 35 miles.

The other 3-A girls' volleyball semifinal will pit District 5 champion Somerset vs. District 7 champion West Allegheny. West Allegheny is ranked No. 9 in 3-A by the PVCA, while Somerset is unranked.

Gettysburg boys to battle Northwestern Lehigh in soccer: Two other York-Adams teams will compete in state semifinal playoff action on Tuesday in soccer.

The Gettysburg boys will battle District 11 champion Northwestern Lehigh at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon in a 3-A semifinal. The Warriors are the District 3 runners-up.

The Warriors advanced with a penalty-kicks quarterfinal victory over District 1 champion Radnor on Saturday. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtimes. Gettysburg won 3-2 in penalty kicks.

The Warriors will try to knock off their third-straight district champion on Tuesday after ousting District 12 champion Archbishop Wood in the first round.

Northwestern Lehigh won its quarterfinal on Saturday over Daniel Boone, the third-place team from District 3, 2-0. Northwestern Lehigh has not given up a goal in the state playoffs.

Gettysburg faces a trip of about 68 miles, while Northwestern Lehigh has a 52-mile journey.

The other state 3-A boys' semifinal pits District 3 champion Lower Dauphin against District 10 champion (Erie) Cathedral Prep.

The 3-A boys' state title match is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

Fairfield girls' soccer team takes on Warrior Run: The Fairfield girls, meanwhile, will battle District 4 champion Warrior Run at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School in a Class 1-A semifinal..

Fairfield, the District 3 champion, has outscored its two state foes by a combined 15-3 score, including a 9-3 pounding of District 4 runner-up Benton is Saturday's quarterfinal.

Warrior Run is coming off a 1-0 triumph over District 12 champion Conwell-Egan in its quarterfinal on Saturday. In its first-round contest, Warrior Run beat York Catholic, 4-0, a team that Fairfield beat three times this season.

Fairfield will have the edge in travel time, facing a trip of 50 miles, compared to 86 miles for Warrior Run.

The other Class 1-A semifinal pairs District 7 champion Shady Side vs. District 7 runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic. The 1-A girls' title match is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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