GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Central York earns pivotal victory

  • Central York earned a 19-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-12 win over Spring Grove.
  • The Panthers improved to 3-1 in York-Adams Division I. Spring Grove fell to 2-2.
  • Spring Grove fell to 2-2 in Division I play.

EMIGSVILLE — The Central York girls’ volleyball program has proven itself to be one of the better teams throughout the York-Adams League over the past several years.

Heading into the 2016 season, with most of last year’s division-winning outfit returning, competing for another Division I title was the expectation.

After an early-season loss to Dallastown, however, the Panthers were put on alert that a repeat would be no easy matter. That made Tuesday evening’s clash with rival Spring Grove all the more important. Another setback could prove devastating to winning another title.

After the Rockets came out strong en route to claiming Game 1, the Panthers made some adjustments just in time to regroup. The result was just what Coach Nate Ocasio and his club wanted. The Panthers took the final three games in a 19-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-12 triumph.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the division, while Spring Grove fell to 2-2.

“We switched our lineup around,” Ocasio said of his team’s adjustments after dropping Game 1. “Just to put a different dynamic out there and see how they responded. We needed to come out with a lot of energy.”

The response was like night and day. After playing from behind throughout Game 1, the home side dominated Game 2. Middle hitter Kamryn Stambaugh, who finished with 12 kills, helped lead a more consistent play at the net for Central. Touches in Game 1 that were either errors or were digs by the Spring Grove defense often resulted in points afterward.

“We made a lot of third-contact errors in the first game,” Ocasio said. “And we didn’t really do that the last three.”

Emily Wilt led the Panthers with 16 kills, while Lauran Piata matched Stambaugh’s output with 12 kills. Setter Emma Saxton tallied 48 assists while Karah Slow paced the Central defense with 20 digs.

Ocasio’s club won’t have a lot of time to bask in the glow of victory. A showdown at home with Red Lion (3-1) looms. It's another critical contest in the battle for divisional supremacy.

“Red Lion is a really good team,” Ocasio said. “They have a lot of good athletes and we’re excited to play them.”

Spring Grove will have to find some ways to fix one of the club’s biggest problems so far this season — consistency. After handing Dallastown (4-1) its only loss in division play, the Rockets have suffered ups and downs while dropping contests to the Lions last week and now the Panthers.

“It was really frustrating,” Spring Grove coach Liz Zeigler said. “We came out really strong in the first game, and not maintaining that through the rest of the match was hard.”

Zeigler’s club had trouble putting balls away after Game 1. While the Rocket defense would often find ways to keep the ball alive, more often than not, those long rallies would end up in points for the home side.

“We have to be a little more assertive,” Zeigler said. “We have to take ownership of the ball.”

Autumn Leese led the Rockets with nine kills and 11 digs. Setter Josie Attig dished out 21 assists for Spring Grove.



Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors won the key York-Adams Division II match, 25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 25-21. Tyler Williams led the Warriors with 11 kills, 15 digs and four blocks. Also for the winners, Amber Sweitzer had 15 digs and 31 assists, Amber Bortner had 16 digs and Gabby Ogude had eight kills. For the Trojans, Georgia DuMars had 39 assists, five digs and four kills; Chey Buckingham had 13 kills and nine digs; and Ali Reinecker had 10 kills and 10 assists. Both teams are now 4-1 in the division. Suburban won the JV match, 2-1.

Gettysburg 3, York High 0: At Gettysburg, the Warriors won, 25-9, 25-6, 25-13. Sammi Faloon led the home team with seven kills and 11 aces. Teammate Emma Harvey had eight digs and five aces. Gettysburg won the JV match, 2-0.

Red Lion 3, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Lions won, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22. Lindsey Blevins led the Lions with 20 digs. Also for the Lions, Maddie Grim had 28 assists, Logan Dontell had eight kills and Jenna Enfield had eight digs. New Oxford won the JV match, 2-0.

Delone Catholic 3, Hanover 1: At Hanover, the Squirettes rallied to win the final three games after dropping the first game to beat the Hawkettes, 15-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12. Claire Kaufman had 19 kills for Delone, while Kayla Ewart had 12 digs and Chloe Kindig had 40 assits. Lexi Daley (21 assists) and Maria Drawbaugh (13 kills) paced Hanover. The Squirettes won the JV match, 2-0.

York Catholic 3, Littlestown 0: At York Catholic, Megan Daugherty paced the offense with 26 assists as the Irish prevailed, 26-24, 26-24, 25-16. Rachel Shelly had seven kills and McKenna Walker added 14 digs for York Catholic.

Eastern York 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, Brooke LeCesa posted four kills, while teammates Katie Leahman and Liz Pyles each recorded eight assists as the Knights won 25-8, 25-18, 25-18. Abby Crosby had six kills and Megan Gereny posted nine digs for K-D.

Dallastown 3, Dover 1: At Dover, the Wildcats won the final two games of the match to down the Eagles, 25-12, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16. Gabby Ream passed for 41 assists for Dallastown, while Delaney Kolb had 18 kills and Lydia Stump had 12 digs. Chayce Hoffman had 15 kills, 11 digs and four aces for Dover, while Abby Diehl had 32 assists.

Bermudian Springs 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the Eagles won, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18. Hailey Madara led the Eagles with four assists and three aces. Teammate Haley Dull had three kills and six digs. Bermudian won the JV match, 25-16, 22-25, 15-9.

West York 3, Northeastern 0: At West York, the home team rolled to victory to improve to 5-0 in York-Adams Division II. No other details were reported.

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