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PREP ROUNDUP: Susquehannock's district volleyball hopes dwindle after loss to Suburban

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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York Suburban's Eliana Rodgers returns against  Susquehannock in girls' volleyball at Susquehannock Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Bill Kalina photo
  • York Suburban swept to a 3-0 girls' volleyball victory over Susquehannock on Tuesday night.
  • The loss hurt Susquehannock's District 3 3-A playoff hopes.
  • Suburban, meanwhile, is celebrating its first division championship since winning Division II in 2014.
  • Suburban is ranked No. 4 in the latest state 3-A rankings by the Pennsylvania coaches.

GLEN ROCK — Midway through the season, it appeared as if the Susquehannock girls’ volleyball team was a lock to make the District 3 Class 3-A playoffs.

Starting the truncated 2020 campaign with a 7-0 mark, the Warriors were state-ranked and looking like a York-Adams Division II contender.

After a third consecutive loss, however, the Susquehannock girls will need some serious help to extend their season.

The Warriors fell to unbeaten York Suburban on Tuesday night, 25-15, 25-23, 25-13.

The Trojans improved to 13-0. They've clinched the outright York-Adams Division II crown — Suburban's first D-II girls' volleyball crown since 2014.

The Trojans, unlike Susquehannock, have no worries about districts. They're No. 2 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings behind only Garden Spot (14-0). Suburban is also ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

Susquehannock, however, has no district guarantees after dropping to 9-4. The Warriors are No. 11 in the latest district 3-A power ratings and only the top eight after the final power ratings are released following Saturday's matches will make the district 3-A field.

“In a normal season, we would be OK,” Susquehannock coach Colby Messersmith said. “But this year only the top four get home court and only eight teams make it. So it’s a little stressful in that sense.”

Suburban a tough challenge: Knocking off a Suburban squad that will be a top challenger for the District 3 3-A title next month is no easy task. It’s even tougher after getting off to a slow start, helping the Trojans cruise to a relatively easy 10-point win in Set 1.

The Warriors finally got things going in Set 2, when they rallied twice to put a scare into the visitors. Trailing 24-21, the Susky girls won the next two points.

After a YS timeout, the Trojans went to junior standout Eliana Rodgers, who blasted a winner to end the Warriors' threat.

“In that second set we realized ‘hey, we can do this,’" Messersmith said. “Our block started to get going, which is something that we’ve been working on all season long.”

Coming up short in Set 2 may have resulted in a letdown in the third set, but Messersmith gave all the credit to the Suburban girls for putting their collective foot down.

York Suburban's Peyton Lando returns a serve with teammate Amanda Sargen looking on against Susquehannock in girls' volleyball at Susquehannock Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Bill Kalina photo

“Kudos to (YS coach) Sonia (Guyer) and her team,” he said. “They can play with the top competitors in the league and district.”

Tough pill to swallow: Sitting at No. 11 in the power ratings, it may now take a miracle for Susquehannock to make the district field, with only one contest remaining against New Oxford (7-6). That’s a tough pill to swallow for the second-year coach who leads a senior-heavy squad.

“It’s very difficult in a sense because in a normal year we would be in there,” he said. “And with me having a very heavy-senior class, making districts means a lot. I have a team full of hitters and this is definitely one of the most complete squads since I started coaching here (five years ago as an assistant coach).”

Even-keeled Trojans: While the Warriors, who lost to Gettysburg and West York last week, were understandably upset, the Trojans were even-keeled. Anyone who saw the Suburban girls walk off the court wouldn’t have known if they were winners or losers.

“We just expect to go out there and do work and be successful,” Guyer said. “We’re humble and we don’t get too excited.”

Guyer’s club, who officially locked up the Division II title with a win Monday evening, were led on the attack Tuesday by Rodgers, who finished with a team-high 20 kills. Maddison Perring added nine, while Zoe Haines added seven more kills. Setter Caitlin Springer dished out 34 assists.

“Susquehannock had a lot of spirit and spunk in that second set,” Guyer said. “And for our girls to go out there and feel like they were tested and then go out there and finish it (in Set 3) like that was good.”

OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

York Catholic 3, Littlestown 0: At York Catholic, the Irish won the Y-A D-III match, 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 to clinch the outright D-III crown. The YC stat leaders were Lindsey Beck (24 assists, seven digs) and Hope Leavy-Gaskins (13 kills 12 digs). For the Thunderbolts, Makayla Orwig had seven kills, while teammate Hailey Riley had nine assists and eight digs. York Catholic improved to 11-0 in the division. Littlestown fell to 8-4. York Catholic is No. 2 in the latest District 3 Class 2-A power ratings, behind only Trinity (10-0). The Irish are also ranked No. 4 in the state in 2-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Trinity is No. 2.

Delone Catholic 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes rolled to the Y-A D-III win, 25-19, 25-16, 25-11. After a 1-2 start, which included two losses to unbeaten York Catholic, Delone has won eight straight and stands at 9-2 overall. The DC stat leaders on Tuesday were, Shalee Clabaugh (11 digs), Audrey Sell (19 assists), Holly Neiderer (nine kills, six digs) and Olivia Snyder (15 assists, nine digs). Delone is No. 3 in the latest District 3 Class 2-A power ratings, behind Trinity (10-0) and York Catholic (11-0). The top four teams in the final power ratings will make the district 2-A playoffs.

Dallastown 3, Dover 0: At Dover, the surging Wildcats won their fifth consecutive match on Tuesday to improve to 7-4 in Y-A D-I. Dallastown had surprised division-leading Spring Grove on Monday night. 

West York 3, Eastern York 0: At West York, the Bulldogs rolled, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19. West York is now 6-3 in Y-A D-II. Eastern fell to 7-7. No West York stats were provided. Eastern's leaders were Sarah Moore (11 kills) and Jaide Fochtman (13 assists, four aces).

GIRLS' SOCCER

Central York 1, York High 0: The Panthers got a forfeit victory over York High to clinch the outright Y-A D-I championship. Central improved to 13-0-0. Central sits at No. 2 in the latest District 3 Class 4-A power ratings behind only Wilson (11-0-0).

Red Lion 3, South Western 0: At Red Lion, the Lions improved to 8-5-0 with the Y-A D-I win. Olivia Buckley-Uzmed, Grace Tollinger and Bella VanOver had Red Lion's goals, while Julia Rowe provided an assist. Red Lion is No. 11 in the latest District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. After Saturday's power-ratings deadline, only the top eight 4-A teams will make the district field.

Northeastern 6, Dover 0: At Manchester, Megan Elzinga led the Bobcats to the Y-A D-I victory by scoring two goals and adding one assist. Gretchen Turner scored one goal and added two assists, while Logan Jennings scored one goal and added one assist. Northeastern improved to 8-4-0 and sits No. 9 in the latest District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. The top eight in the final 4-A power ratings will make the district playoffs.

Dallastown 3, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats won to finish 12-2-0 in Y-A D-I action. Maggie Groh had two of Dallastown's goals. The Wildcats are No. 7 in the latest District 3 4-A power ratings. Only the top eight teams in the final power ratings will make the district 4-A field.

Fairfield 5, Biglerville 1: At Biglerville, the Green Knights clinched at least a tie for the Y-A D-III title with the win. The Knights finished at 10-1-1 in the division. Bermudian, at 8-1-1, could still tie the Knights with wins in its final two games. Erin Gregg had two goals to lead Fairfield, while Naia Roberts had a goal and an assist.

Gettysburg 1, York Suburban 0: At Gettysburg, Alivia Colgan's second-half goal, off an assist from Lora Bertram, provided the game's only scoring. The Warriors improved to 11-0-0 and they clinched the outright Y-A D-II title. Suburban fell to 5-6-1. Gettysburg is No. 3 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings, behind only ELCO (13-0) and Greencastle (12-0-0).

Delone Catholic 3, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, Madison O'Brien scored all three goals in Delone's win. Kallie Gilbart had five saves to record the shutout.

BOYS' SOCCER

Dallastown 2, Spring Grove 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats finished the regular season at 10-3-1, including a 10-1-1 finish after an 0-2 start. Ian Soltysik scored both Dallastown goals. The Wildcats will now await their District 3 Class 4-A fate. They were No. 7 in the latest district 4-A power ratings. After Saturday's power ratings deadline, the top eight 4-A teams will make the district field.

Red Lion 1, South Western 0: At Hanover, the Lions improved to 6-4-3 with the Y-A D-I win. South Western dropped to 4-7-2. Red Lion is No. 12 in the latest District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. The top eight teams in the final power ratings will make the district 4-A playoffs.

West York 2, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, West York scored both of its goals within a 12-second span of the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit and move to 6-6 on the season. Jarred Russell scored at the 37:08 mark to tie it and Jackson Reiber scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 37:20 mark.

York Suburban 3, Gettysburg 1: At Suburban, the Trojans improved to 9-2 in Y-A D-II action. They sit at No. 7 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings. The top eight teams in the final 3-A power ratings will make the district playoffs. Gettysburg is 5-5-1.

Bermudian Springs 3, Hanover 0: At Hanover, the Eagles got goals from Kyle Kuykendall, Dalton Reinert and Damon Nelson.

Delone Catholic 2, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, Eddie Ugarte had a goal and an assist to lead Delone. Andrew Gervasi had the other goal.

FIELD HOCKEY

Bermudian Springs 1, Biglerville 0: At Biglerville, Melanie Beall's first-half goal provided all of the game's scoring. The Y-A D-IV champion Eagles (11-0-0) are No. 2 in the latest District 3 1-A power ratings, behind only Oley Valley (12-0).

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.