Northeastern rolls to Bobcat Invitational victory
The Northeastern High School boys' volleyball team won its own prestigious tournament title on Saturday in thrilling fashion over Emmaus in the championship match.
The Bobcats needed all three games and then some to down Emmaus, 21-16, 18-21, 19-17, to grab the Bobcat Invational title.
Routinely considered the largest and best boys' volleyball tournament in the state, this year's field included 10 teams currently ranked inside the state's top-10 in either Class 2-A and 3-A. The championship match saw the state's top 2-A team in Northeastern knock off 3-A's No. 6 school, Emmaus.
The Bobcats rolled to a 4-0 record in pool play in matches played to 30. Once Northeastern made it to the knockout stage, it disposed of Cumberland Valley in the quarterfinals, 15-11, 15-10, setting up a rematch with York Suburban from earlier in the week. In a best-of-3 format, the Bobcats needed all three games to get past the Trojans, 15-10, 13-15, 16-14, setting up the championship showdown with Emmaus. Again, that match went the distance, with the two sides putting on a show for the title.
While the tournament was loaded with some of the top teams in the state, it also had some local flavor to it, with eight York County programs also taking part.
Susquehannock was the only other team to make it to a championship match, qualifying for the bronze bracket title game. The Warriors ultimately lost to Garden Spot, 25-18, in the final. Susquehannock went 0-4 in pool play before knocking off Dover in the first round of the bronze bracket and then took care of William Tennent to reach the finals.
Red Lion made it to the semifinal round of the bronze bracket, but lost to Garden Spot.
In the silver bracket, Spring Grove advanced as far as the quarterfinals, before seeing its run end with a defeat to Saegertown.
The rest of the York-Adams League teams made it to the championship bracket, but didn't have as much success.
Dallastown lost in the first round to Central Dauphin, which then went on to eliminate Central York in the quarterfinals. Suburban also made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Northeastern.