Central York boys' volleyball team takes second at invitational packed with state powers

STEVE HEISER
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The Central York boys’ volleyball team continued its recent surge of strong play over the weekend at State College High School Invitational.

The Panthers finished second in a tournament that was packed with state-ranked programs.

Central defeated Shaler High School from Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals, 25-23. Shaler is ranked No. 6 in the most recent Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3-A rankings.

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The Panthers then defeated Hempfield High School in the semifinals, 25-19. Hempfield is ranked No. 5 in the state in 3-A by the coaches.

Central then lost in the title match to Seneca Valley High School from Pittsburgh, 25-15, 25-15. Seneca Valley is ranked No. 3 in the state in 3-A.

The Panthers, meanwhile, came in at No. 9 in the state in 3-A.

Also in attendance at the 16-team invitational were three other state-ranked teams: Central Dauphin (No. 1 in 3-A), North Allegheny (No. 2 in 3-A) and Cumberland Valley (No. 4 in 3-A).

Central also finished second at its own Koller Classic on April 9 in another tournament stacked with strong opponents, losing to No. 1 Central Dauphin in the championship match.

Central is 8-2 in its dual matches and has won seven consecutive matches. They are 7-2 in York-Adams League matches.

After a league match at Dover on Tuesday evening, the Panthers face a showdown at home against Northeastern on Thursday evening. The Bobcats (9-2 overall) lead the York-Adams League at 9-0.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ydsports.