GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Suburban, Susquehannock, Central, Delone move to league semifinals
DALLASTOWN — The York Suburban girls' volleyball team was on a mission heading into Monday evening's York-Adams League playoff quarterfinals opposite Red Lion.
After three consecutive first-round defeats in the league tournament, the Trojans found themselves up against a team that handled them a season ago.
The senior duo of Jordan Landis and Ciera Buckingham decided to lead the efforts to end that streak of disappointment at Dallastown High School.
Landis pounded down 12 kills while Buckingham added 10 more to lead the Division II runner-up to an impressive sweep of the Division I runner-up, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15. Suburban will get Division II champion Susquehannock in Tuesday's semifinals at 6 p.m. at Dallastown Middle School. The Warriors were the only victor Monday that needed more than three games to advance. They were pushed by a game South Western side before prevailing, 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20.
The other semifinal will pit Division I champion Central York against Division III champ Delone Catholic, also at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but at Dallastown High School. The Panthers cruised past Division III runner-up Hanover, 25-18, 25-10, 25-9, while Delone bested Division II No. 3 seed West York, 25-12, 25-11, 25-18.
The Red Lion-York Suburban showdown was the most highly anticipated of the four quarterfinals. The Lions were the only team to put a serious scare into Central York all season. The Trojans finished a game behind Susquehannock in the standings, although they split their regular-season contests.
If any of the matches were expected to last longer than three games, it was the Red Lion-Suburban match. But the Suburban girls were determined to make sure it didn't happen like that.
"This was definitely important to us," Landis said. "The last three years we lost in the first round. And last year we even played Red Lion. So this was more than just counties to us. It was about redeeming ourselves and proving that Division II is a great division."
The Trojans appeared to have taken the life out of the Lions by pulling out both of the first two games late. Typically a team has a bit of a letdown after getting up 2-0, but Landis and company did the opposite, putting away Red Lion quickly in Game 3.
"Sweeping them was huge," Landis said. "We started off rough, but we just picked ourselves out of that, picked up the energy and just went with it."
Suburban will have to maintain that effort Tuesday against a Susquehannock team that played a bit sloppy at times Monday. The Mustangs took advantage by claiming the lead early in Game 3 before ultimately forcing a Game 4. That valley in their play is something the Warriors will have to avoid if they hope the win the rubber match of their Division II rivalry against the Trojans.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," Susquehannock coach Darla Pennewill said. "We were fortunate enough to take advantage of some of their mistakes and turn it around and play sharp when we needed to."
Laura Savin led the Warriors with 13 kills, while setter Kelly Franz dished out 33 assists to go with 20 digs.
Central vs. Delone: While Suburban vs. Susquehannock will no doubt be exciting, the anticipation for the showdown between Central York and Delone will exceed that. Both clubs enter the match unbeaten in non-tournament showdowns. They both feature a bevy of talented lineups, too.
For the Panthers, the crack at the three-time defending league champion Squirettes will also present an opportunity to avenge a semifinal loss to Delone a season ago.
"Delone is a very good team," said Central senior Laura Fahs, who finished with 10 digs. "We're very excited to get to play them. It would be really nice to finally get to beat them because this is my last year. We're excited."
The duo of Alison Rife and Emily Poole each finished with nine kills to lead Central, while setter Emma Saxton dished out 25 assists.
Delone cruised past West York to get to the finals behind the hitting of senior Sarah Senft, who finished with 12 kills. Katie Laughman dished out 37 assists, while Lexy Shanabrook paced the Delone defense with 13 digs.
OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
York High 3, Steel-High 0: The York High girls' volleyball team swept past Steel-High on Monday, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17. Keishla Ortiz (10 assists, four kills, four aces), Cheyenne Bradford (eight kills, six digs), Emoni Perkiss (seven kills, four digs) and Jae Fitch (five digs, six aces) paced the Bearcats.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.