Two of the best boys' volleyball teams in the state squared off on Monday evening in a District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinal.
Central York came in ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Hempfield came in ranked No. 6
The Panthers emerged with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 triumph at Cumberland Valley High School to advance to the district 3-A semifinals and clinch a PIAA state berth.
Both teams now stand at 14-2. No. 5 seed Hempfield drops into the district 3-A consolation bracket.
The No. 4 seed Panthers were led by Braden Richard (21 kills, nine digs, three blocks), Matt Minkin (15 kills, five digs, three assists), Kyle Mehl (10 kills, seven digs), Brock Anderson (36 assists) and Brandt Kelbaugh (10 digs).
In the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dallastown High, Central will face No. 1 seed Cumberland Valley (17-0), which won its quarterfinal on Monday over No. 9 seed Chambersburg, 3-0. CV is ranked No. 1 in the state in 3-A.
Northeastern 3, Exeter 2: At Manchester, the Bobcats won a thriller in another match-up of state powers in a District 3 Class 3-A marathon quarterfinal, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 27-29, 15-13.
The win clinched a state playoff berth for York-Adams League champion Northeastern, which improved to 17-1. Exeter fell to 15-1. The Bobcats came into the match ranked No. 2 in the state in 3-A, while Exeter was No. 7. Northeastern is seeded No. 2 in the district 3-A bracket, while Exeter is seeded No. 7.
The Bobcats were led by Austin Richards (39 assists), Joel Braswell (15 kills), Nate Wilson (11 kills, seven digs) and Tristan Schraudner (25 digs).
Northeastern advances to the district semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dallastown vs. No. 6 seed State College, which outlasted No. 3 seed Warwick 3-2 in another marathon match at Manchester. Warwick was ranked No. 5 in the state, while State College was unranked.
York Suburban 3, Cocalico 1: After a slow start, the York Suburban boys' volleyball team lived up to its billing as the No. 1 team in the state in 2-A.
The third-seeded Trojans (13-3) captured a 23-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-12 triumph over No. 6 seed Cocalico (15-5) at Brandywine Heights High in a District 3 2-A quarterfinal.
Suburban advances to the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hempfield High School. The Trojans will face No. 2 seed Brandywine Heights (13-0), which won its quarterfinal over No. 7 seed Berks Catholic, 3-0.
Suburban clinched a state playoff berth with the win.