The opening round of the York-Adams League girls' volleyball playoffs was certainly memorable.
All four contests on Monday, Oct. 23, went at least four sets, with two going the maximum five on the side-by-side courts at Dallastown High School.
That included the West York-vs.-Dallastown showdown. The Division II champion Bulldogs rallied back twice in the match against the Wildcats to even things at 2-2.
West York again showed its mettle in Set 5 when the 'Dogs rallied back to take the lead before eventually prevailing 15-13 to advance. The game scores were 18-25 25-13 26-28 25-13 15-13
Division III champion Delone Catholic rallied back from a 1-0 hole against Gettysburg to also advance, 24-26 25-23 25-19 25-11.
The Squirettes will get Division I champion Central York in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesaday, Oct. 24, at Dallastown High School. The Panthers downed York Catholic, 3-1, as well.
The Bulldogs will get the other squad that needed five sets to advance. York Suburban and South Western battled each other tooth and nail, with the Trojans claiming a 15-8 victory in Set 5. The West York-York Suburban battle will also start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown Middle School.
The semifinal winners will square off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the championship match at Dallastown High School.
“Wow is exactly it," West York coach Joe Ramp said. "It was exhausting. Dallastown gave us everything.”
The Bulldogs yielded the first six points of the contest, which was the opposite kind of start that Ramp was hoping for. It wasn't until West York switched sides of the court for Set 2 that things started to click.
One side of the court at Dallastown was much lighter than the back side. Coincidentally or not, the Bulldogs performed much better when they played under the better lights.
It wasn't just them, however. Suburban faced the same dilemma. In fact, Trojan coach Sonia Guyer was relieved that her team won the pick for Set 5 so the Trojans could play on the better-lighted side.
"We just tried to pick the side that has the most light," she said.
There won't be any of that discussion about lights Tuesday when Guyer's Trojans face off against Ramp's Bulldogs. Both courts will be equally lighted, taking away any advantage/disavantage they may have faced Monday.
“We just need to really clean our game up," Ramp said. "The crowd really took us out of our element and (Dallastown) got off to a six or seven to nothing run? That's not us.”
Guyer's team will look for revenge after being swept by West York in the regular season. Beating a good team three times, however, is never easy.
"It will be interesting if we see West York for a third time," Guyer said after her match, but before West York played.
While the Central and Delone semifinal won't be a rematch of anything this season, it will be a chance for the Panthers to score some revenge. The Squirettes have won the last three York-Adams League playoff showdowns against Central, a fact that the Panthers recall quite well.
“They're always great," Central coach Nate Ocasio said of Delone. "We're 0-3 against them in the postseason so obviously we'd like a chance to see them again.”
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