GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: West York still unbeaten in D-II
- West York earned a 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 win over York Suburban.
- West York is now 6-0 in York-Adams Division II action.
- West York's Julia Rill lead all players with 14 kills. Marissa Krinock finished with 11 kills.
Many of the best teams in sports go through some down times during the course of a season.
It’s how those teams respond that proves their resolve.
Such was the case with the West York girls’ volleyball team over the past week. After getting swept by York-Adams League Division I contender Red Lion Saturday, the Bulldogs had another tough task Wednesday against Division II rival York Suburban.
Perhaps Coach Joe Ramp’s team came out a little too fired up for the showdown. The Trojans and Bulldogs traded points throughout an exciting Game 1 before Suburban rallied late to win, 25-21.
After settling down their emotions, Ramp’s club started to play like the one that has quietly become a favorite to claim the Division II title. Behind the trio of Julia Rill, Marissa Krinock and Tesia Thomas, West York turned the tide.
The Bulldogs won Game 2 and Game 3 by identical 25-21 margins before cruising to a 3-1 triumph with an impressive 25-14 victory in Game 4.
West York is now firmly in the driver’s seat in the division at 6-0 mark, while Suburban dropped to 4-2.
“This was a big match,” Ramp said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The Trojans, who lost a tough 3-1 decision to Susquehannock Tuesday, came out fired up en route to the Game 1 triumph. The Trojans raced out to a 9-5 edge in Game 2 before West York found its rhythm. After Ramp called a timeout, the Bulldogs cranked up the offense. Thomas, a freshman, scored some points that pumped up her teammates. Krinock and Rill added a handful of points in between.
“This was a big rivalry match,” Ramp said. “I think our girls maybe came out with a little too much emotion and tried to swing through everything. But then we started to get a feel for the match. After the first game we made some adjustments, but we also cleaned up some careless mistakes too.”
The Bulldogs continued their upswing in the next two games to earn the important victory. The ability of his team to rally back from adversity was a positive sign for Ramp.
“Saturday … that Red Lion match is one we’d like to forget,” he said. “But it was a good lesson for the girls. We made way too many mistakes (Saturday). We only hit like 2 percent for the match and you’re not going to win games that way. A lot of careless things. I think we may have gotten the thought that ‘hey, we’re pretty good’ and just expected teams to fold. Really good teams are not going to fold. And that’s what Red Lion did. They played better than we did.”
Ramp and his Bulldogs will have to remember that lesson as they begin the second wave of divisional play next week. That includes a showdown with Susquehannock (4-1) in Glen Rock next Thursday.
The Trojans, meanwhile, were left a bit shell-shocked. Coach Sonya Guyer’s team has to find a way to shake off back-to-back losses against their biggest rivals.
“We always want to be masters of our own destiny,” Guyer said. “As opposed to sitting and hoping. And that’s where we are right now. But that’s only for the division. There’s also counties and districts. And those are some things that are still up for grabs that we may need to shift our focus to at this point if we can’t win the division.”
Guyer isn’t holding her breath that the Bulldogs will suddenly fall apart before the teams meet again next month.
“I think that we were a little surprised that they weren’t acknowledged more in the preseason,” Guyer said of West York. “I knew they were going to be a difficult team, and all respect for them for playing like that tonight. They showed up ready to play and we showed up ready to play, but we kind of got a little bit hesitant and fell a couple steps behind.”
Rill led all players with 14 kills. Krinock finished with 11 kills while Thomas added nine. Abbey Jones dished out 41 assists for the Bulldogs, while Trilby Kite paced their defense with 12 digs. Miranda Kauffman led Suburban with 13 kills while Ali Reinecker finished with 10. Setter Georgia DuMars distributed 26 assists, while leading her team with 14 digs.
Susquehannock 3, Garden Spot 2: At Glen Rock, the Warriors won the non-league match, 25-15, 25-27, 22-25, 25-16, 15-12. Jaden Walker led the Warriors with 13 kills and 33 digs. Abby Deter had 11 kills and 18 digs, Tyler Williams had nine kills and 33 digs and Amber Sweitzer had 15 digs and 42 assists. Garden Spot won the JV match, 2-1.
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