West York to face familiar foe at familiar site in state 3-A girls' volleyball semifinal

York Dispatch
  • West York earned a 3-1 win over Pope John Paul II on Saturday.
  • The Bulldogs will face Allentown Central Catholic on Tuesday in Exeter in a 3-A state semifinal.
  • Allentown Central Catholic is ranked No. 1 in the state and is the defending 3-A state champion.

Just two wins from a Class 3-A state girls' volleyball championship, West York will face a familiar foe at a familiar site on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Gianna Krinock and her West York teammates will face Allentown Central Catholic on Tuesday.

The District 3 runner-up Bulldogs will take on District 11 champion Allentown Central Catholic (ACC) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Exeter Township High School in Berks County in a state semifinal.

West York is coming off a 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19 quarterfinal triumph over District 1 champion Pope John Paul II on Saturday afternoon at Exeter. Tesia Thomas and Gianna Krinock combined for 30 kills for West York in that match.

Exeter was also the site a year ago when ACC swept past West York 25-20, 26-24, 25-15 in another state semifinal contest to end the Bulldogs' season. ACC went on to win the 2016 state championship.

ACC will come into Tuesday's contest ranked No. 1 in the state in 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. West York is ranked No. 5 in that same poll. 

West York, however, has already pulled off one upset, at least according to the state poll. Pope John Paul II had been ranked No. 2 in the state in 3-A.

ACC has not been pushed thus far in either of its state playoff matches, winning both by 3-0 scores.

The winner of the West York-ACC contest will advance to the state championship match at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Richland High School in Johnstown. The other 3-A semifinal on Tuesday pits District 7 champion Knoch vs. District 7 runner-up Montour. Knoch is ranked No. 4, while Montour is No. 7.

Delone also still alive: West York will not be the only York-Adams League team in a state girls' volleyball semifinal on Tuesday.

District 3 champion Delone Catholic will be in a 2-A semifinal against District 6 runner-up West Shamokin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at State College High School.

The Squrettes earned their semifinal berth with a 25-21, 25-11, 26-24 victory over District 2 champion Holy Redeemer on Saturday at Exeter.

West Shamokin, meanhile outlasted District 1 champion New Hope-Solebury, 26-24, 14-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13.

Delone will enter that match ranked No. 2 by the PVCA in 2-A, while West Shamokin is not ranked in the top 10. New Hope-Solebury had been No. 10, while Holy Redeemer had been No. 5.

The top-ranked 2-A team in the state, Corry, has been eliminated, losing to District 7 runner-up Freeport on Saturday, 3-1. Corry was the defending 2-A state champion. Freeport will face District 7 champ Beaver in the other state 2-A semifinal. Beaver is ranked No. 3, while Freeport is ranked No. 6.

The 2-A state title match is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Richland.