Reinecker's presence fuels Trojans to volleyball victory
The last time the York Suburban girls' volleyball team squared off with Susquehannock, Ali Reinecker was in a hospital bed recovering from heart surgery.
Nearly two weeks later, the sophomore outside hitter was back in the lineup just in time for the rematch.
Having Reinecker back in the lineup may not have been the only reason, but it was certainly one of the big reasons the Trojans were able to gain a bit of revenge Monday evening in their home gymnasium.
Reinecker finished with a modest six kills and six digs, but her presence back in the starting six gave her teammates a sense of confidence. After getting outplayed in the first match down in Glen Rock, Suburban took command early and rode their tidal wave of momentum to an impressive 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 victory.
The Trojans, who improved to 10-2 in Division II after the triumph, became the first club to rout the Warriors, who fell to 11-1 on the campaign.
"I don't really remember it, but I know it was a tough match," said Reinecker, who was able to catch much of the first showdown via a Periscope feed. "But this is a really great feeling as a team to beat Suskie. And to sweep them in three is really good too."
While Reinecker had no physical qualms about playing two weeks after getting a couple of holes in her heart repaired, Suburban coach Sonia Guyer was a bit more antsy.
"I was afraid of having her go 100 percent with everything," Guyer said. "So it was nerve wracking to have her out there. And whenever she came out it was like 'pinky-swear promise you're feeling OK'. And she was like, 'I'm fine, coach'."
"I just have a really bruised leg," Reinecker said, pointing to the spot where the catheter was inserted for the procedure. "It was really good. I didn't feel any pain tonight. Obviously I couldn't play for two weeks, but to come back to win like this is really, really fun."
The Trojans were able to control the net, a big factor that led to their downfall in the first match, all night Monday. They also were able to serve better, which caused the Warriors trouble with their serve-receive. In total, Suburban tallied 18 blocks to go with eight aces for the contest.
"We have some trees up there (at the net)," said Guyer. "But I was very pleased with everything tonight. We talk a lot about how we should look like a fine-tuned machine and that's exactly what we looked like tonight."
The home broke open a 6-6 tie in Game 1 with a three-point run that put them ahead for good. Their advantage grew to as many as six points (16-10) before the visitors closed within 20-18 late.
Like a fine-tuned club, the Trojans asserted themselves with their block, their serve and their attack to game the final five points of the game.
"This was actually enjoyable to watch," Guyer admitted. "This wasn't nearly as stressful as it normally is."
The only real stress of the night came early in Game 2 as the Warriors raced out to an early lead. Susquehannock led by a 20-17 margin late only to see the home team rally back with an impressive 8-3 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
"That was big for us," Guyer said. "To be behind and claw our way back into it. We have a lot of highs and lows and in (Game) 2 we had some of those. Just some unforced errors and little things like that that still need to work on. But overall, I was pleased."
Suburban led nearly the entire way in Game 3 although the Warriors rallied to take the lead a couple of times. But Guyer's team regained momentum behind their serve which carried them to the sweep.
"We just never got off out of the gate," said Susquehannock coach Darla Pennewill. "And then when we did we had some unforced errors, which is very uncharacteristic of us. But they didn't give us any breathing room."
Jordan Landis paced Suburban with 11 kills and 11 digs on the night while Ciara Buckingham added nine kills, five digs and two blocks. Parker Faircloth-Henise led the block with nine on the night to go with four kills while setter Georgia DuMars dished out 29 assists to go with seven digs and three blocks.
The Warriors were led by Laura Savin, who finished with seven kills, 14 digs and three aces. Kelly Franz dished out 11 assists to go with 16 digs.
James Buchanan 3, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, the visitors won the match by the scores of 25-22, 25-18, 25-21. Emily Staub led the Thunderbolts with four aces and 13 digs.
Carlisle 3, Gettysburg 0: At Carlisle, the home team won the non-league match by the scores of 25-16, 25-20, 25-14. Mayla Manahan led the Warriors with 18 assists, three aces.
Bermudian Springs 3, Boiling Springs 0: At York Springs, the Eagles won the non-league match by the scores of 25-10, 25-12, 25-16. Madyson Whitcomb led the Eagles with eight kills.
York High 3, Harrisburg 1: At York, Emoni Perkiss led the Bearcats to the 23-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-23 with nine kills, seven digs. Teammates Cheyenne Bradford had six kills and five digs, while Keishla Ortiz had 19 assists.
Waynesboro 3, South Western 1: At Waynesboro, the Mustangs dropped the non-league match by the scores of 25-9, 19-25, 27-25, 25-18. Hannah McMaster led the Mustangs with 19 assists, 13 digs, five kills, three aces.
Northern York 3, Spring Grove 1: At Northern, the Polar Bears won the non-league match by the scores of 20-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-18. For the Rockets, Josie Attig had 32 assists and 11 digs, while teammates Autumn Leese had eight kills and 13 digs, and Kendra Miller had 11 kills.
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