VOLLEYBALL: Dallastown outlasts Suburban in four games
DALLASTOWN — After quite a few early-season marquee match-ups in York-Adams League boys’ volleyball, there was mid-season lull in face-offs featuring league powers.
That ended in a big way this week.
Tuesday evening matched two teams ranked in the top 10 in the state when York Suburban visited Dallastown.
It was a good test for a pair of squads hoping to make some noise in next week’s Y-A League playoffs. Suburban, who dropped a pair of early battles vs. No. 1 2-A Northeastern and No. 1 3-A Central York, entered the night ranked No. 5 in the state in 2-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. The Wildcats, who similarly have lost to both the Bobcats and Panthers this season, came into action Tuesday ranked No. 7 in 3-A.
While the winner would clinch the No. 3 seed in next week’s tournament, the contest was important for both sides for more than that. Both teams are hoping to position themselves for long postseason runs.
After the two sides split the first two games, the host Wildcats pulled out a victory in Game 3 to take the lead. Then, after leading 18-13 in Game 4, Dallastown had to survive a furious late-game run by Suburban. The Trojans seemingly forced a fifth game at one point, only to lose said point on a net violation.
The hosts took advantage of a second chance and closed things out, claiming a thrilling 25-21,16-25, 25-23, 29-27 triumph.
“We definitely need that,” Dallastown setter Peyton Ranck said. “The last couple of weeks we’ve had some 3-0 (victories) and we needed this to get us ready for next week.”
Despite the setback, Suburban coach Jamie Evans was nevertheless pleased to have a big game at this point of the season.
“We have a weird schedule this year,” Evans said. “We had Northeastern and Central to start off the season. So we start big and now we end big. I haven’t seen the same intensity that I saw earlier in the season for the past couple of weeks. And, to be honest, I was a little worried about that coming into the postseason.”
The intensity was apparent throughout. The two sides played back and forth all night. The Trojans actually scored one more point (96-95) in the contest, but still dropped three of four games.
It might have been a different result had the visitors won Game 4. Leading by a point, Suburban seemed to have closed out a big comeback when David Knife stuffed down a free ball at the net. The officials, however, ruled a Trojan player in the net at the time, giving the Wildcats an opening they would not squander.
“It’s always really emotional when we play Suburban,” said Ranck, who dished out a game-high 44 assists. “We just had to keep our level heads whenever they scored a point and we were able to find that medium tonight.”
Jack Shultz led the Trojans with 11 kills, while Zach Weinstein finished with 10 kills and 17 assists. Nick Bowman tallied 24 digs while Noah Chojnacki dished out 19 assists for Suburban.
Ben Ward led the Wildcats with 15 kills, while Nathan Darr and Avery Terroso each added 12 kills. Mason Figdore led Dallastown, which tallied nine aces on the night, with 18 digs.
Dallastown will face No. 6 seed (likely Red Lion) on their home court in the first-round of the Y-A League tournament Monday. Suburban, the No. 4 seed, will face the No. 5 seed (likely Spring Grove) that same night.
The winners of Monday’s contests will face either Central York or Northeastern, who are both unbeaten in league play and will square off for the regular-season title Thursday in Emigsville, in the semifinals Tuesday.
Northeastern 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats prepped for their York-Adams League showdown with Central York by rolling to a 25-13, 25-8, 25-12 victory over K-D. Cole Brillhart led the Bobcats with seven kills and three digs. Also for Northeastern, Jacob Cheuvront had 23 assists, Nate Wilson had six kills and Jordan Lehman had four kills. Northeastern's next game is Thursday night at Central York. Both teams are unbeaten in York-Adams League action and the winner will earn the regular-season league title. Both Northeastern and Central are ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective classes by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (Northeastern in 2-A and Central York in 3-A). For the Rams, Luke Criswell had five digs and five assists, James Lippiard had five digs and three blocks and John Enders had six digs.
Central York 3, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Panthers also won easily (25-12, 25-11, 25-20) while getting ready for their upcoming battle vs. Northeastern. Braden Richard led the Panthers with 12 kills and three aces. Also for Central, Cole Johnson had 14 kills and five digs, Carter Luckenbaugh had 36 assists and four digs and Ben Seebold had six kills. For the Rockets, Noah Wilson had five kills, Luke Hoffnagle had 16 assists and Mason Staub had four kills and three digs. Spring Grove won the JV match,. 2-1.
Red Lion 3, West York 0: At Red Lion, the Lions won the match, 25-20, 25-22, 27-25. Chris Muller led the Lions with 30 assists and 12 digs. Also for Red Lion, Tristan Fuentes had five kills and nine digs, Blake Hildebrand had seven kills and Brock Gould had eight kills. For the Bulldogs, Kenton Meckley had 11 kills and six assists, while Jacob May had 23 assists and eight digs and Sam Lovelace had five kills and seven digs. Red Lion won the JV match, 2-1.
New Oxford 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Colonials won, 25-14, 26-24, 25-6. John Wessel led the Colonials with seven kills and four blocks. For the Golden Knights, Ben Leaman had 10 kills and five digs, while Greg Houck had 14 assists and Mike Shoff had three kills. New Oxford won the JV match, 2-0.
Dover 3, Susquehannock 0: At Dover, the Eagles swept the Warriors in convincing fashion, winning 25-22, 25-16, 25-18. Dalton Boll had 11 kills for Dover, while Zach Noll passed for 31 assists and J.T. Crossan had 10 digs. For Susquehannock, Joe Lippy came up with 10 digs, while Reese Jackson finished with 12 assists. Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-1.
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