EMIGSVILLE — The first time that the Dallastown and Central York girls’ volleyball teams met this season, things were considerably different than they were on Tuesday evening.
For one, the Wildcats were riding an early-season high that saw them give defending PIAA Class 4-A champ Bald Eagle a run for its money in the season-opening contest.
Conversely, the Panthers were still working out some kinks when the two sides first met, which resulted in a 3-1 Dallastown triumph.
Tuesday, things were dramatically different in the rematch between York-Adams League Division I contenders. The Panthers played a much more solid game offensively and defensively. The Wildcats, meanwhile, were without one of their top attackers.
While the point differential was not dramatically different, the outcome was. The senior trio of Jenna Arganbright, Sydnie Johnson and Alexa Shorts combined for 35 kills to help Central to a 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-22 victory.
“In the first match we struggled a lot with errors and our serving,” setter Aubrey Rentzel said. “And tonight we tried to limit those errors and play at the top of our game to make sure that they weren’t scoring on us because we were making errors.”
Getting aggressive: The Panthers still tallied 13 serving errors against the Wildcats, but the hosts did collect six aces. The CY girls used a more aggressive service game to keep the visitors on their toes.
Combined with a talented front line that gives Rentzel (27 assists) a lot of options to distribute the ball, and it was a recipe for success for the Panthers (8-1 overall), who improved to 7-1 in Division I. They are tied for first place with South Western.
“We really limited our errors, which gave us the opportunity to score the big points,” Rentzel said.
That was never more clear than in the final stages of last two sets. The visitors actually either led or were tied late in both Set 3 and Set 4, but the Panthers were able to come up with all the big points in the clutch to close it out.
“I think how we played tonight is going to be really good for us come the postseason,” Rentzel said. “And I think that will give us a good chance to possibly win a county championship or a district championship.”
Injury impact: Injuries also played a big part in Tuesday’s clash. The Panthers lost sophomore Brynn Weigel to a broken ankle in the first clash. The Wildcats were also shorthanded after Kanann Gemmill injured her ankle in a match against Gov. Mifflin a few weeks ago.
Weigel’s injury seemed to offer the Panthers a bit of a silver lining. The squad used her mishap as a rallying cry.
“We really wanted redemption,” Rentzel said. “Not just because Dallastown beat us before, but also kind of for (Brynn) because she got injured against them.”
Gemmill was one of Dallastown’s top attackers before her season was cut short. Finding ways to play without her has been a struggle, according to Wildcats coach Shannon Werner.
“We’re still getting used to playing with a different lineup,” she said.
Different mood: The Wildcats actually beat the Panthers in the Dallastown Tournament earlier this season before knocking them off again in the first divisional clash of the campaign. Werner, who was honored as part of the 1999 Penn State women’s volleyball team this past weekend, felt a big difference in her team’s mood between the two contests.
“We were just so pumped up that first match,” Werner said. “We almost beat Bald Eagle and we were coming off some really, really good matches, which was awesome. But now we’ve had almost a whole season of play, and it .... just wasn’t that same kind of spark.”
The Wildcats were also coming off a disappointing effort Monday against a perennially tough Hempfield squad. It was disappointing not just because Werner’s team lost, but more in the way they were handled by the Black Knights.
“Last night after the match I told them that they did not compete,” Werner said. “And we had a long talk after that match, but they bounced back and looked like they had some life tonight, which is good.”
Syd Ohl led the Wildcats (9-5, 5-3) with 10 kills while Lexy Bloss added nine for Dallastown. Izzy Ream paced her team with 23 assists and a match-high five aces.
OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
York Suburban 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, the Trojans dominated, 25-10, 25-6, 25-8 in a York-Adams Division II match. Suburban was paced by Caitlin Springer (25 assists, five digs), Eliana Rodgers (11 kills), Maddison Perring (seven kills),, Lauren Guyer (seven digs, eight aces) and Mackenzie Corsa (eight digs). Suburban is 9-2 overall and 7-1 in D-II. The Trojans are ranked No. 6 in the latest 3-A state rankings by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
Spring Grove 3, Red Lion 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won 25-21, 25-16, 25-16. Kaylyn Zeigler led the Rockets with eight kills, six digs and three aces. Also for Spring Grove, Skye Wolfe had seven kills, three aces and three blocks, Maddie Ruhland had 12 digs and 24 assists and Hailey Wolfe had nine kills and five digs. For the Lions, Brooke Axe had five kills, while Katie Thompson had seven digs.
York Catholic 3, Hanover 0: At York, the Irish won 25-9, 25-11, 25-14. Shannon Toomey led the Irish individually with 10 kills. Also for the Irish, Hope Leavy-Gaskins had six kills and seven digs, Keeley Brennan had nine aces and Grace Shelley had five kills. York Catholic improved to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division III.
South Western 3, Northeastern 0: At South Western, the Mustangs won the match, 25-17, 27-25, 25-12. Ali St. Rose led the Mustangs with 17 kills and 14 digs. Also for the Mustangs, Emma Filipovits had 15 kills and 14 digs, while Jacy Crouse had 26 assists and seven digs. For the Bobcats, Sadie Schantz had four kills and four digs, Jade Shellenberger had 15 assists and five digs and Marissa Kipp had 15 digs. South Western improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Littlestown 3, York Tech 0: At York Tech, the Thunderbolts won the York-Adams League Division III match 25-13, 25-16, 25-17. Peyton Gullickson led the visitors with six aces and seven assists. Also for Littlestown, Sara Stonesifer had six aces, while Emily Herrick and Jaylin Smith each had three kills.
Eastern York 3, Gettysburg 1: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights triumphed, 19-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19. The Knights were led by Sarah Moore (17 kills, 13 digs), Abby Smith (10 kills, six digs), Ally Willich (seven digs, 28 assists) and Madi Shimmel (four kills, 10 digs).
West York 3, New Oxford 0: At West York, the Bulldogs cruised to a 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 triumph to improve to 12-1 overall and 9-0 in York-Adams Division II. West York is ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 3-A in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Bulldogs are the defending 3-A state champions.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.