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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: West York impressive in opener

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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West York girls’ volleyball coach Joe Ramp doesn’t want to put the cart in front of the horse, but after Tuesday night, his Bulldogs appear on a course for great things.

Getting their 20-match season underway against perennial York-Adams League Division II power Susquehannock at home Tuesday, Ramp’s club quickly made its claim as a contender for the division crown.

The Bulldogs survived a minor hiccup early in Game 2, but otherwise dominated the Warriors throughout. Their mix of hitting, defense and serving compared favorably to the great Susquehannock teams over the past decade.

By the end of the night, the hosts were able to celebrate a triumphant opening-night victory, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.

Ramp, however, didn’t want to allow expectations to get blown out of proportion. It was, after all, just the first match of the season.

“It’s a progress,” Ramp said. “We’ve been practicing and it’s gotten a little monotonous and old. Our practice wasn’t very good, so I was kind of worried coming out tonight what we were going to look like.”

Turns out Ramp had nothing to be afraid of. With a roster that includes six seniors, the Bulldogs were nonetheless getting key contributions from underclassmen, as well.

Two of those underclassman — sophomore Julia Rill and freshman Tesia Thomas — combined for 20 kills. That was more than half of the team’s 39 total kills.

Thomas, who is part of a family full of athletes, looked like the best player on the court at times Tuesday. That wouldn’t have been so surprising had Ramp not mentioned a little nugget about the freshman sensation, who finished with eight kills.

“Tesia is not even a full year into playing volleyball yet,” Ramp said. “But she’s come around fast. She’s very athletic and very coachable. And that’s all the you can ask for. I can teach her the game and she’s working hard and doing well. She proved herself tonight that she belongs out there.”

Rill proved to be just as effective. After taking some lumps as a freshman a year ago, Rill looked like the kind of player that Ramp has envisioned her becoming all along.

“Last year she had some nights where she did really well, but other nights she struggled,” Ramp said. “But she’s taken all of that and continued to improve herself. She’s getting better and better every day.”

After West York stormed out to capture Game 1 with relative ease, the Bulldogs struggled early in Game 2. After taking a 2-1 advantage, the Warriors rallied to go ahead 9-4. But, with a lot of help from Rill’s serving, the home team dusted itself off before getting back into high gear.

It was pretty much smooth sailing after that as the Bulldogs kicked off a stretch of three games in three nights with a victory.

While Ramp actually prefers his team to fly under the radar, Tuesday’s victory is going to make that a lot more difficult. Ramp, to his credit, is still selling that to his club.

“We’re the sleeper team,” Ramp said. “Nobody really talks about West York and that’s kind of our motivation. We’ll just try to do what we do. We’re all excited and it’s a fun group of girls. We have some big goals and big aspirations, but we have to take this game by game.”

West York setter Abbey James led the Bulldogs with 33 assists, while junior libero Trilby Kite paced the defense with 13 digs.

Susquehannock was led offensively by Gabee Ogude, who tallied seven kills. Setter Amber Sweitzer dished out 14 assists for the Warriors, while Abbey Deter came up with 13 digs.

OTHER GIRLS'

VOLLEYBALL

York Suburban 3, Eastern York 0: At Suburban, Georgia DeMars (18 assists, eight digs), Eryn McBride (13 digs) and Ali Reinecker (eight kills, seven digs) paced Suburban to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 triumph. Eastern was led by Liz Pyles (seven assists), Brooke LaCesa (seven kills) and Natalie Grim (six digs). The Trojans won the JV match, 25-23, 25-17.

York Catholic 3, York Tech 1: At York Tech, Eliza Johnson led the Irish with six kills and two blocks as York Catholic won 25-13, 25-12, 25-7. Megan Daugherty added nine assists and Mckenna Walker recorded eight assists for the victors. Kayli Shoff had 30 digs and Brooke Glass posted 14 assists for the Spartans

Dallastown 3, Red Lion 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats advanced past their rivals, breaking a 1-1 tie in the match by winning the final two games, en route to a 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22 victory. Delaney Kolb and Lydia Stump led the way offensively for Dallastown, combining for 32 kills, while Gabby Ream had 44 assists. Lauren Enfield led Red Lion with 19 digs and Lindsey Blevins finished just behind her with 18.

Northeastern 3, York High 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats cruised to an easy win over the Bearcats, 25-8, 25-13, 25-16. Natalie Martin had 20 assists for Northeastern, while Shayna Dozier had 15 digs and three aces. Natalie Martin finished with 14 aces for the Bobcats. No stats were reported for York High.

Central York 3, Dover 1: At Dover, Ashley Gallagher reached double digits in kills (11) and digs (11) and added three aces during the Panthers’ 25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-14 victory. Emma Saxton dished out 29 assists for the Panthers. Dover was led by 12 kills from Emma Davis, 11 digs from Tiff Jewitt and 31 assists from Abby Diehl.

South Western 3, New Oxford 0: At Hanover, Madisyn McMaster led the Mustangs to the 27-25, 25-19, 25-13 victory with eight kills, 10 assists and five digs. Teammate Ali St. Rose had seven kills and 11 digs. For the Colonials, Carly Rippeon had eight kills. South Western won the JV match, 2-1.

Littlestown 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Springs, the Thunderbolts won the match, 25-12, 25-20, 25-14. Hanna Riley led the visitors with 11 kills and six digs. Littlestown won the JV match, 2-0.

Gettysburg 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, the visitors won, 25-15, 8-25, 25-16, 25-10. Gettysburg was led by Emma Harvey (23 digs), Morgan Mayers (10 kills, 14 digs) and Alexis Tomassini (26 assists).

Hanover 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the visitors rolled, 25-9, 25-11, 25-14. No other details were reported.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.