The Central York girls' volleyball team took care of business on Tuesday night.
Needing a win to all but assure itself of grabbing at least a share of the York-Adams League Division I crown. the Panthers captured a pivotal 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23 triumph over visiting Red Lion.
The victory avenged a five-game loss at Red Lion earlier in the year.
Central and Red Lion are now tied for the division lead at 9-2. Each has just one division match remaining.
The match played out as tightly contested as one would expect, with the two sides splitting the first two games, and then having the third and fourth games going down to the final points.
“I think both teams played well,” Central York head coach Nate Ocasio said. “We just came out on top, winning the last two points in Games 3 and 4. So, we just turned points in our favor at the end of Game 3 and Game 4 and that was the difference. … We definitely expected it to be a grind-out, hard-nosed type of match.”
Kamryn Stambaugh had a team-high 13 kills for the Panthers, while Ashley Gallagher was dominant on both offense and defense, finishing with 16 digs and 11 kills. Marley Anderson led Central with 18 digs, while Emma Saxton had a match-high 39 assists.
Red Lion got a huge effort from Lindsay Blevins, who finished with 19 digs and 15 kills. She was also helped by Logan Dontell’s 11 digs and 10 kills, while Lauren Enfield finished with 16 digs. Maddie Grim led the team with 27 assists.
While making up for the earlier loss to the Lions was crucial for the Panthers, to Ocasio, it was more about the team putting itself in a position to at least grab a share of the division title. That meant having to go through Red Lion.
“Our goal is to put up a banner,” Ocasio said. “So, obviously we want to get first in our league because that’s one of our ‘process’ goals. So, obviously we wanted to make sure that we came out and fought hard so we put ourselves in a position to at least tie for the division title this year.”
Both teams will conclude their division schedules on Thursday night. Central York will travel to New Oxford, which is 1-10 in the division, while the Lions will host Dover. which is 3-8 in the division.
Red Lion fell to 14-2 overall, while Central improved to 10-3.
Susquehannock 3, York High 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors won, 25-11, 25-8, 25-13. Amber Sweitzer led the home team with three digs and 17 assists. Also for the Warriors, Abby Deter had six kills, Tyler Williams had six kills and three digs and Maddie Geiple had 12 assists. The Warriors improved to 10-3 in York-Adams Division II action. For the Bearcats, Wilmarie Ortiz had four kills and three digs, while teammate Jae Fitch had five digs. Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-0.
West York 3, York Suburban 0: At West York, the Bulldogs took care of the Trojans, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21. West York’s Marisa Krinock (12) and Julia Rill (10) combined for 22 kills, while Abbey James had 27 assists and seven digs. York Suburban got 16 assists from Georgia DuMars and 12 digs from Ali Reinecker and Emily Hamberger. Eryn McBride also chipped in with 10 digs. Division II champion West York improved to 13-0 in division action. Suburban fell to 9-4.
Dover 3, Spring Grove 0: At Dover, the Eagles were victorious on Senior Night, sweeping the Rockets, 25-11, 26-24, 25-15. Dover got a big effort at the net from Emma Davis, who finished with 12 kills. Chayce Hoffman had 12 digs and nine kills, while Abby Diehl finished with 33 assists. Spring Grove got 20 digs from Lexi Yingling and Kaylyn Zeigler, while Josie Attig passed for 14 assists. Zeigler also finished with seven aces. Spring Grove won the JV match, 2-0.
Bermudian Springs 3, York Tech 0: At Spry, the Eagles won, 25-23, 25-11, 25-19. Brooke Zimmerman led the Spartans with five kills and four digs. Also for Tech, Brooke Glass had seven assists, three kills and four digs, while MaryBeth Diaz had four kills, three blocks and three digs. Hailey Madara led the Eagles with 18 assists. Teammate Alaina Murren had seven kills. Bermudian won the JV match, 25-10, 25-14.
Gettysburg 3, Eastern York 1: At Gettysburg, the Warriors won, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23. Sammi Faloon led the Warriors with 13 kills and nine digs. Also for Gettysburg, Shelby Briggs had 11 kills and five digs. For the Golden Knights, Brooke LaCesa had 22 kills and seven digs, while Natalie Grim had 20 digs and Brianna Wells had 12 kills and three blocks. Eastern won the JV match, 2-0.
York Catholic 3, Lancaster Catholic 0: At York Catholic, the Irish won the non-league match, 25-9, 25-17, 25-14. Rachel Shelley led the home team with nine kills and 4 1/2 blocks. Also for the Irish, Izzy Johnson had seven kills, Emily Hoffman had 16 assists, four digs and three aces and Abby Pilkey had nine kills. The Irish won the JV match, 2-0.
Hanover 3, Littlestown 0: At Hanover, the Hawkettes won, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13. Alexa Merrel led the Hawkettes with 10 kills, five digs, four aces and three blocks. Teammate Lexi Daley had seven kills, six digs, 20 assists and four aces. Emily Staub led Thunderbolts with three kills, 10 digs and 12 assists. Littlestown won the JV match, 2-0.
Delone Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the Squirettes won, 25-6, 25-3, 25-6. Maddie Clabaugh led the visitors with three kills and six aces. Teammate Autumn Altland had three kills and four aces. Delone won the JV match, 2-0.
South Western 3, Dallastown 1: At Hanover, the Mustangs won, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21. Ali St Rose led the Mustangs with 12 kills, 15 digs and four blocks. Teammate Madisyn McMaster had 14 kills, 14 digs and 19 assists. For the Wildcats, Delaney Kolb had 12 kills, five digs and three blocks, while Gabby Ream had 31 assists, 11 digs, three aces and three blocks and Tatiana Matuszewski had seven kills and seven blocks. South Western won the JV match, 2-0.
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