Good time had by all at Y-A League girls' volleyball All-Star match

Ryan Vandersloot, The York Dispatch

DALLASTOWN – High school all-star games are meant to be both fun and exciting for players, coaches and fans alike.

Red Lion's Lauren Enfield hits the ball across the net during the York-Adams League Girls All-Star Volleyball Match at Dallastown, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

While some other sports fail to get that message, there was no doubt that those feelings were embraced during the York-Adams League Senior Girls’ Volleyball All-Star contest Sunday afternoon at Dallastown High School.

Delone Catholic coach Jason Leppo decided to forgo the typical six players on the court alignment with his team trailing in the best-of-three showdown. “Unhappy” with how his team was playing, he instructed all 13-plus players on the roster to join the action on the court.

As brilliant a move as that seems like it would be, it was all for naught. The squad coached by West York’s Joe Ramp closed out a 2-1 victory when Marissa Krinock tipped a kill somehow past a litany of defenders.

The result of the match, however, was merely superficial. The chance to play in a fun, festive game both with and, in some cases, against teammates was more than enough for the players and coaches.

“This was pretty fun,” said West York setter Abbey James. “I had a good time.”

Red Lion senior Lauren Enfield, who played along with teammate Logan Dontell on Leppo’s team, enjoyed her time Sunday.

“(Leppo) said we couldn’t play defense, so he needed everybody out there,” she said. “We just wanted to have fun.”

James, who was on the opposite side of the net, found the humor in the situation.

“That was pretty funny,” she said with a smile.

The regular seasons were certainly fun for both James and Enfield alike. James and her Bulldogs exceeded almost everyone’s expectations by advancing to the PIAA Class 3-A state semifinals. Enfield and her Red Lion squad captured a share of the Y-A League Division I title before capturing the league and District 3 4-A titles.

“I just think that we worked really well as a team together,” James said. “We had a fun time on the court.”

James pointed to her team’s first-round victory over Gwynedd-Mercy in the state playoffs as a highlight.

“That first state game, I think we all had a really fun time,” she said. “We all came back together really well and I think that was just really fun.”

Team Light Purples' Maria Drawbaugh, left, and Team Dark Purples' Georgia Dumars work against each other to control the ball during the York-Adams League Girls All-Star Volleyball Match at Dallastown, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Enfield enjoyed the remarkable run that the Lions went on this season. With teammates like Dontell and Lindsey Blevins, who played on Ramp’s team, the Red Lion girls could say they made history.

“I’m just really proud of the team,” she said. “We all got along really well. We were all really close. There was no real drama barely at all and that just made it really enjoyable. It just like a team of best friends.”

Knowing that the girls’ volleyball banner that hangs inside the gym at Red Lion will soon have spots for the league and District 3 titles brought a smile to Enfield’s face.

“It’s going to feel good walking into that gym and seeing that banner,” she said. “Knowing that we did that.”

Event raised money for The Alzheimer’s Association: For the third year in a row the girls’ volleyball all-star game was played to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association.

That charity is near and dear to the heart of Dallastown coach Shannon Werner, who organized the contest. Werner’s grandmother was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

Werner estimated more than 300 fans and family members attended Sunday’s contest. Through a donation jar at the entrance and snacks sold at the concession stand, she said the event raised $545 for The Alzheimer’s Association.