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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Red Lion now alone in first place

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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  • Red Lion rolled to 25-15, 25-19, 27-25 victory over Dallastown on Thursday.
  • Both teams entered the match at 5-1 in York-Adams Division I.
  • With the triumph, Red Lion is now alone in first place in the division.

RED LION — The girls’ volleyball banner hanging from the ceiling inside the gym at Red Lion High School commemorates several successful seasons in school history.

It’s a sense of pride for players present and past.

One thing it doesn’t have, however, is a recent update. The Lions haven’t won a division or league title since 2006.

Red Lion's Lauren Enfield, center, had 15 kills and 13 digs Thursday vs. Exeter.

While the banner brings up good memories for players from the past, the present Lions are determined to add to the program’s history this season.

Doing so, however, requires some hard work. Especially after Coach Heather Schoemaker’s club fell to rival Dallastown back on Sept 6. That loss didn't sit well with the Lions and their five seniors.

After reeling off five divisional victories in a row since the setback against the Wildcats, the Red Lion girls had a chance to make amends against Dallastown Thursday evening. With a boisterous fan section cheering on the home team all night, the Lions put together perhaps their most complete performance of the season.

Led by 17 kills from Lindsey Blevins, the team’s emotional leader on the court, the Lions swept the Wildcats in a showdown of once-beaten division teams, 25-15, 25-19, 27-25. Blevins and her teammates now sit alone atop the York-Adams League Division I standings with a 6-1 mark, while the Wildcats dropped to 5-2.

“We came out and we wanted to win,” Red Lion senior Lauren Enfield said. “All I thought about all day today was (this match). I just wanted to play.”

While Blevins was racking the kills, it was Enfield who was quietly helping her team get in position to score points. Enfield passed at a 2.75 rate, which means she was able to deliver nearly all of her passes to setter Madelyn Grim with as many attack options as possible. Most of them, however, only needed to find Blevins, who recorded 17 of her team’s 26 total kills.

“Lauren played really well tonight,” Schoemaker said. “She finished with, what, four kills too. And she passed the ball really well.”

Enfield and company admitted they were a little ticked off after losing a 3-1 contest to the Wildcats earlier in the month. Since then, they’ve used that loss as motivation. Strangely enough, Enfield felt there was a silver lining in that setback.

“I think we needed to lose,” Enfield said. “That humbled us. I think we were maybe a little cocky (then), but now we’re humble.”

While the Lions were able cruise through the first two games, the Wildcats refused to go away quietly in Game 3. Dallastown rallied back to take a 15-13 lead midway through Game 3. The visitors even had a chance to send the contest to a Game 4, after taking a 25-24 advantage. But the Lions rallied to capture the final three points to secure the sweep.

Just as importantly, the Lions took a big step toward getting that banner on the ceiling updated.

“We want that,” Enfield said, staring at the 2006 on the banner hanging from the ceiling.

Grim finished with 22 assists for the Lions, while Blevins tallied a team-best 11 digs. Delaney Kolb finished with a team-best 10 kills for the Wildcats. Dallastown setter Gabby Ream registered 19 assists to go along with three blocks and seven digs.

OTHER GIRLS'

VOLLEYBALL

West York 3, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Bulldogs won, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18. Julia Rill led the Bulldogs with 14 kills, nine digs and four blocks. Also for the Bulldogs, Tesia Thomas had 14 kills; Abbey James had 45 assists, seven digs and four kills; and Marisa Krinock had 15 kills and six digs. For the Warriors, Jaden Walker had 10 kills, six digs and three blocks, while Amber Sweitzer had 34 assists, 11 digs and three kills and Tyler Williams had 10 kills, 26 digs, three aces and six blocks. West York improved to 8-0 in York-Adams Division II. Susquehannock fell to 5-3.

York Catholic 3, York Tech 0: At York Catholic, the Irish won, 25-10, 25-4, 25-7. Emily Hoffman led the Irish with 15 assists, nine aces and three digs. Also for the Irish, McKenna Walker had seven aces, Tave Linthicum had six kills and Rachel Shelley had three kills and four digs. York Catholic won the JV match, 2-0. The Irish improved to 6-0 in York-Adams Division II.

York Suburban 3, Eastern York 0: At Suburban, the Trojans rolled during their annual Black Out match. The event first began in 2010 and is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to benefit various medical issues that impact the community. This year's event helped the Ayden Zeigler-Kohler Fund to support the Kohler family deal with 9-year-old Ayden’s recent brain cancer diagnosis. Suburban improved to 6-2 in York-Adams Division II.

Central York 3, Dover 0: At Central, the Panthers won, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17. Emily Wilt led the home team with 13 kills. Also for Central, Emma Saxman had 33 assists, Kamryn Stambaugh had nine kills and three aces and Ashley Gallagher had 15 digs and four kills. Central won the JV match, 2-0.

Northeastern 3, York High 0: At York High, the Bobcats won, 25-12, 25-16, 25-14. Courtney Dolan led the Bobcats with seven digs, three kills and four aces. Also for the Bobcats, Natalie Martin had four kills and nine assists, Neli LaCourt had 12 digs, while Courtney Klinger had three kills, three blocks. For the Bearcats, Keysha Diaz had six digs, Mariangely Candelario had three assists, while Wilmarie Ortiz had three digs, two kills. Northeastern won the JV match 25-16, 25-18.

Gettysburg 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Gettysburg, the Warriors dispatched the Rams, 25-22, 25-10, 25-22. Megan Gereny had 23 digs for Gettysburg, while Livia Stauffee had six kills. Emma Harvey had 18 digs for K-D and Alexis Tomassini had 20 assists. Gettysburg won the JV match, 2-1.

Littlestown 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At Littlestown, the Thunderbolts won, 25-9, 25-16, 25-20. Emily Staub led the Thunderbolts with 18 assists, four kills and three digs. Teammate Hanna Riley had seven kills and three digs. Littlestown won the JV match, 2-0.

New Oxford 3, South Western 1: At New Oxford, the Colonials rallied for a 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 28-26 win. Paige Rager and Madisyn McMaster each had 12 kills for South Western. Wren Berry had 32 assists for New Oxford and Madi Smith had 12 kills. The Mustangs won the JV match, 2-0.

Hanover 3, Fairfield 0: At Hanover, the Hawkettes won, 25-17, 25-5, 25-15. Alyson Reese led the home team with eight kills, three digs and three blocks. Teammate Maria Drawbaugh had five kills, seven digs and five aces. Hanover won the JV match, 2-0.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.