K-D player enjoys all-star experience

Kennard Dale's Brittany Wolf bumps the ball forward during the YAIAA Girl's Volleyball All-Star Match at Dallastown High School, Sunday Nov. 22, 2105.

DALLASTOWN — It seems like more and more high school girls’ volleyball players are playing the sport all year long.

But not every girl who takes to the court has to go that route to be successful.

Such was the case Sunday afternoon for the second annual York-Adams League Senior All-Star Match at Dallastown High School.

Many participants on the court do take the year-round approach to the sport. Kennard-Dale’s Brittany Wolf, however, has traveled a different path. Still, she certainly held her own on Sunday. Wolf and her six teammates who comprised the Dark Gray team were able to roll past their Light Gray opponents in a three-game friendly contest that benefited the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wolf showcased a nice jump-serve to go along with a solid combination of defense and offense to lead her team to a 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 triumph.

While it’s always nice to leave the court a winner, there were certainly no losers on Sunday.

“After it was over we all wanted to keep playing,” she said. “It was so fun.”

The K-D senior admitted she was unsure of how things would turn out Sunday. Since she was one of the few who doesn’t play club ball during the offseason, she really hadn’t formed any bonds with her new teammates.

“I was so nervous coming into this because I don’t play club ball,” she said. “So I didn’t know a lot of these girls. But it was so much fun. We bonded right away and we worked so well together. I just love how we all connected right away.”

Wolf was a big part in helping her K-D squad take a major step in improving the program this past season. Not typically a strong volleyball power, the Rams finished with an 11-9 overall record that included a berth into the District 3-AA playoffs.

“At the beginning of the season we said that we had one goal,” Wolf said. “And that was to make it to districts no matter what. And we made it there and it was like the best bus ride there and the best feeling ever.”

While her Rams ultimately were upended by rival and third-seeded Susquehannock that night, Wolf gets chills thinking about how tough they battled the Division II champions. After taking the first game, they had a chance to take a 2-1 lead in Game 3. That game was extended beyond the typical 25 points, with both teams trading points back and forth.

“I’ll never forget any point from that game,” Wolf said. “After it hit 25, point for point, thus points were so intense. I forgot that the crowd was there. District is something that I never knew what it would be like. I mean I had expectations but it exceeded every single one of them.”

A handful of colleges have shown interest in the 5-foot, 8-inch outside hitter for next season. Wolf, however, is still sorting things out and is undecided at this point of the process.

“I know that I want to study communications and get into the media field,” she said. “I’ll have to make a decision soon, but I’m still thinking.”

Notes: The Dark Gray team included Wolf, Kelly Franz (Susquehannock), Amanda Sides (West York), Laken Bankert (Spring Grove), Brooke Ricks (York Catholic), Jordyn Smeltzer (Northeastern) and Madyson Whitcomb (Bermudian Springs). The Light Gray team was comprised of Hannah McMaster (South Western), Rachel Groff (Red Lion), Lex Kenworthy (New Oxford), Jordan Landis (York Suburban), Kirstyn Evans (York Tech) and Emily Poole (Central York). Delone Catholic senior Amber Johnson was selected to play for the Light Gray team but was unable to attend.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.