The York Suburban boys' volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2-A, according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
Wednesday night, the Trojans certainly looked the part of a top-ranked team.
Suburban dominated Brandywine Heights 25-8, 25-9, 25-17 in a District 3 Class 2-A semifinal at Hempfield High School.
The third-seeded Trojans improved to 14-3. Second-seeded Brandywine Heights fell to 13-1.
For Suburban, Nate Bowman had nine kills, three blocks and four digs; Declan Ridings had seven kills, two blocks, an ace and six digs; and Harrison Perring had two aces and three kills.
Suburban now advances to the district 2-A championship match at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central York High School.
The Trojans will play No. 1 seed Manheim Central (14-1), which earned a 3-0 win over No. 4 seed Lower Dauphin (14-4) in the other 2-A semifinal. Manheim is ranked No. 5 in the state in 2-A, while Lower Dauphin is No. 6. Brandywine Heights was unranked.
All four 2-A semifinalists have already secured state berths.
Panthers storm back: At Dallastown High School, Central stormed back from a 2-0 hole for a 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-13 triumph over Cumberland Valley in a District 3 Class 3-A semifinal.
Central was paced by Braden Richard (19 kills, six digs), Brock Anderson (38 assists, six digs, five kills) and Matt Minkin (13 kills, nine digs),
The fourth-seeded Panthers (15-2) will now advance to Friday's title match against State College (14-3) back at Dallastown High School at 7:30 p.m. Top-seeded Cumberland Valley fell to 17-1.
CV came into the match ranked No. 1 in the state in 3-A, while Central York is No. 3.
Bobcats beaten: The Northeastern Bobcats weren't as fortunate as the Trojans or Panthers on Wednesday night in the other District 3 3-A semifinal at Dallastown High School.
The Bobcats, ranked No. 2 in the state in 3-A, suffered a surprising 3-1 loss to unranked State College. Northeastern won the first set, 27-25, but then lost the next three, 26-24, 25-20, 25-16.
Second-seeded Northeastern, the York-Adams League regular-season and playoff champion, fell to 16-2.
Northeastern was led by Nate Wilson (20 kills, 14 digs), Austin Richards (40 assists, five digs) and Tristan Schraudner (14 digs).
Despite the loss, the Bobcats are still headed to the state playoffs, since all four 3-A semifinalists earn PIAA bids.
The defeat dropped Northeastern into Friday's district 3-A third-place match at 6 p.m. Friday at Central York HIgh School.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.