Playing at Pittston Area High School, more than 2 1/2 hours from its campus, the West York girls' volleyball team apparently didn't want to spend any more time than needed so far away from home in its opening-round match of the PIAA Class 3-A state volleyball tournament.
The District 3 runner-up Bulldogs easily swept past Greater Nanticoke on Tuesday, Nov. 7, winning in three games, 25-11, 25-8, 25-14, to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round. They needed less than an hour to complete the task.
Greater Nanticoke entered as the District 2 champion.
"Just athletically, we were ready to rock and roll," head coach Joe Ramp said in a phone interview after the match. "We had a good practice last night. We were pretty much able to take care of business on serve and put the ball away every single time."
With the victory, the Bulldogs, ranked fifth in the state in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3-A rankings, will next face second-ranked Pope John Paul II, which needed five games to get past Cardinal O'Hara on Tuesday.
With Tuesday's match won in quick fashion, nobody for West York (23-2) really had to stand out statistically to help the team to victory. Only Kate Tate finished in double figures in kills with 12, while she also led the team with four aces.
Trilby Kite recorded 21 of the team's 28 assists and Alayna Harris led the charge at the net with 2.5 blocks.
With the long bus ride to Pittston, Ramp feared that his team would come out sluggish to start the match. Instead, the Bulldogs dominated Greater Nanticoke from the beginning.
"That's one of my biggest fears is traveling 2 1/2, three hours away to play a match late at night," Ramp said. "All the girls are sleeping 20 minutes to the destination and I had my captain wake up all the girls to make sure they're mentally focused and ready to rock and roll, and they did. They took care of business and played like they should have."
No time or location has been announced for Saturday's match against Pope John Paul II.
Delone Catholic 3, Mast Community Charter 0: At Bonner/Prendergast High School, the Squirettes cruised to a PIAA Class 2-A first-round state triumph, 25-6, 25-13, 25-9 over the District 12 champion. Chloe Kindig had the most complete performance of the night for Delone, finishing with nine assists, eight digs and two aces. Molly Raville had a team-high six kills, while Emily Miller added five.District 3-champion Delone now advances to the state quarterfinals on Saturday vs. District 2 champion Holy Redeemer, which defeated District 4 champion North Penn on Tuesday, 3-0. Delone enters that match at No. 2 in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2-A rankings, while Holy Redeemer is No. 5. North Penn had been ranked No. 4. The time and site for Saturday's contest have not yet been determined.
Bermudian Springs 1, Line Mountain 0: At Central Columbia High School, the Eagles picked up their first-ever PIAA state field hockey victory in a Class 1-A contest vs. the District 4 champion. Liv Blasone scored the game's only goal in the first half off an assist from Ashley Kunkle. The game was played in a steady mist of rain and even snow. Bermudian (22-2), which is the fifth-place team from District 3, now advances to the state quarterfinals on Saturday. The Eagles will face District 3 champ Oley Valley, which cruised to a 6-0 win over Lower Moreland, the District 1 third-place team, on Tuesday. The site and time for Saturday's contest have not been determined.
Villa Maria 10, New Oxford 0: At West Chester East High School, New Oxford's season came to an end with a first-round PIAA Class 2-A loss to the District 1 champion. The Colonials, the sixth-place team from District 3, finished at 17-5-2.
East Juniata 1, Fairfield 0: At Northeastern High School, the defending state-champion Green Knights fell in the first-round of the PIAA Class 1-A playoffs to the District 4 runner-up. Fairfield finished 18-3. The lone goal of the game came with 15 minutes left.