Northeastern, York Suburban advance to District 3 boys' volleyball championship matches
York County has long enjoyed a reputation as a hotbed for Pennsylvania high school boys' volleyball.
Wednesday night, two county teams lived up to that lofty reputation.
York Suburban and Northeastern advanced to District 3 championship matches with semifinal triumphs over state-ranked foes on Wednesday.
The Trojans, however, had a significantly easier time than the Bobcats.
No. 3 seed Suburban, led by head coach Oliver Good, swept to victory in its Class 2-A semifinal at No. 2 seed Garden Spot, 25-15, 30-28, 25-21.
No. 3 seed Northeastern, meanwhile, was forced to storm back from 1-0 and 2-1 holes en route to an 18-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 15-13 victory in its 3-A semifinal at No. 2 seed Cumberland Valley.
Now, both the Bobcats and Trojans will battle for district crowns at 7 p.m. Friday night.
York-Adams League champion Northeastern will get to play at home because the Bobcats are a better seed than their championship foe, No. 5 seed Hempfield, which outlasted No. 1 seed Central Dauphin, 3-2, in the other 3-A semifinal on Wednesday. CD dropped to 17-2.
Suburban will have to travel to No. 1 seed Lower Dauphin in the 2-A final. Lower Dauphin grabbed a 3-1 semifinal 2-A victory over No. 4 seed Manheim Central (11-4).
Coach Matt Wilson's Bobcats will enter Friday’s final at 16-0 overall and ranked No. 2 in the state in 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Hempfield is 16-1 and ranked No. 5 in the state in 3-A.
The Trojans will take a 15-2 record and a No. 3 ranking in the state in 2-A into their title match on Friday. Lower Dauphin is 17-2 and ranked No. 4 in the state in 2-A.
Northeastern’s victory over Cumberland Valley (15-3) was considerably more difficult than the teams' regular-season meeting, when the Bobcats rolled to a 3-0 win. CV entered Wednesday's match ranked No. 7 in the state in 3-A.
The Bobcats were led to victory by Brady Lemen (18 kills, 20 digs), Tanner Sadowski (55 assists, six digs), Joel Braswell (17 kills, four digs) and Tristan Schraudner (27 digs).
Suburban, meanwhile, has rolled to pair of district victories without losing a set. Wednesday's 3-0 victory came over a team that was ranked No. 7 in the state in 2-A.
Both Northeastern and Suburban had already clinched PIAA berths by making the semifinals.
Garden Spot fell to 16-2.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.