DALLASTOWN — There are times during the York-Adams League boys’ volleyball first-round playoffs when an upset occurs.
This year, however, didn’t figure to be one of them.
York Suburban found out quickly, however, that sometimes seeds don’t matter. The No. 4 team in the six-club bracket was upset by No. 5 Spring Grove in Game 1 of their best-of-five showdown at Dallastown High School.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, that loss certainly got the Trojans’ attention. Suburban responded swiftly and powerfully in Game 2 to even things up before coach Jamie Evans’ club closed things out a 23-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-16 victory.
In the other first-round contest, the host and No. 3 seeded Wildcats cruised past No. 6 Red Lion, 25-17, 25-18, 25-12.
Suburban’s victory sets up a showdown with top-seeded Central York in one semifinal Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Dallastown High School. Dallastown gets No. 2 Northeastern in the other semifinal at the same time at Dallastown Middle School. All four squads are currently ranked in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Top 10 Rankings, with Central (AAA) and Northeastern (AA) sitting atop their respective classes.
“We always play these bigger teams and sometimes we’ll say ‘well, you poked the bear,’” Evans said. “And tonight we were the bear. We wanted that second set to make a statement.”
The Rockets played near flawlessly in Game 1. They broke down Suburban’s block while limiting their own errors to a minimum.
“They were doing a really nice job on their attacks,” Evans said. “They were hitting inside our blocks and that’s something that we really preached the rest of the match and I think our blocking got much better.”
The Trojans will certainly need to play at a very high level if they want to knock off a Central York squad that is peaking. The Panthers swept Northeastern in their season finale last Thursday to capture the Y-A League’s regular-season title.
When those two sides met up in the regular season, Suburban had a handful of chances to take Game 1. Central, however, won that one 31-29, which deflated the Trojans, who were swept in three games. Evans is hoping for a much closer match come Tuesday.
“We’re looking forward to that,” Evans said. “We played them again at State College in a pool and they took both sets, but it was much closer and we’re hoping that is still the case (Tuesday) night.”
Jack Shultz led the Trojans with 21 kills.
Wildcats move on: The Wildcats moved on after defeating a spirited Red Lion side Monday. The Lions were the only team in the bracket that did not qualify for the District 3 playoffs, so they were looking to extend their season one more night.
“They played well the first couple of games,” Dallastown coach Tom Beakler said of the Lions. “But I just think that we had a little more firepower than they did and a lot more experience.”
Dallastown will get a chance to get some revenge itself Tuesday when Beaker’s club squares off with Northeastern in the semifinals. The Wildcats stormed out to a 2-0 lead vs. Northeastern in the regular season, only to see the Bobcats storm back to win in five. That match was played the same night as the Central-Suburban match.
“We’re hoping that (Tuesday) will be a big night for us,” Beakler said.. “We were close to beating them the first time and Northeastern and Central are the teams that you measure yourself by these days. So we’re absolutely excited to play tomorrow night.”
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