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VOLLEYBALL: York Suburban sweeps Susquehannock in battle of state-ranked powers

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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  • York Suburban swept to a 3-0 girls' volleyball victory over Susquehannock on Thursday night.
  • Both teams entered at 7-0 in York-Adams Division II action.
  • Suburban came in ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 3-A. Susquehannock was ranked No. 10.
  • The rankings were according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
York Suburban's Maddison Perring, left, tries to smash the ball as Alex Somerville of Susquehannock blocks, Thursday, October 15, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

While West York was the dominant force in York-Adams League girls’ volleyball over the past several years, the York Suburban Trojans weren’t far behind.

It seemed, however, like every time those two sides would square off, the Bulldogs would get the better end of it.

Repeatedly coming up short vs. a powerful foe certainly wasn’t what the Trojans were hoping for entering those contests.

Those setbacks, however, were pretty important in aiding the continued ascent of the Suburban program.

“I give a lot of credit to all of the teams that have helped us build a legacy here,” Suburban coach Sonya Guyer said. “And we always say that some teams may not have left a banner on the wall, but they certainly left a brick in the wall to help us build.”

Those bricks have proven invaluable so far this season for the Trojans, who entered play Thursday evening against Susquehannock ranked No. 5 in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 3-A rankings.

That number figures to stay the same if not rise after Guyer’s club throttled the Warriors (who were ranked No. 10) in a 3-0 sweep. Both teams entered at 7-0 in York-Adams Division II. The match scores were 25-21, 25-15, 25-18.

Suburban followed that victory with a 25-13, 25-6, 25-18 victory over Eastern York on Friday.

The lessons and experiences of playing against high-caliber competition in the past has helped players such as Eliana Rodgers, Maddison Perring, Mackenzie Corsa and Caitlin Springer prepare for this year. Those players, in turn, have done their best to pass that knowledge on to their lesser-experienced, yet talented peers.

“We have a lot of new players stepping up this year,” said Rodgers, a junior who has been a starter for the Trojans dating back to her freshman season. “We all jive together really well considering that last year was pretty much all seniors. So for them to step up this year and take a bigger role is good.”

In years past, it would be easier to sort out the best teams over the course of the season. While that will still happen this year, the loss of nonleague matches and weekend tournaments have left some uncertainty in terms of who the best teams actually are, especially on a statewide basis.

While Guyer won’t outright say that her team is the best in the state right now, she is fully aware that she has something special going on.

“It’s hard to describe this team in just one word,” Guyer said. “I used the word stoic once because they just don’t get thrown off by adversity much. They just come in and do their job. They have amazing ball control but also amazing emotional control and they just come out and play good solid volleyball.”

Rodgers admitted that she and her teammates are fully aware of where they are ranked in the state. The Trojans currently sit right behind a pair of fellow District 3 teams in Garden Spot (No. 2) and Spring Grove (No. 4) in the last poll. Spring Grove, however, was upset by South Western on Thursday night, 3-1.

That ranking is perfectly fine with the Trojans at this time.

“I think we’re good with where we’re at right now,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think that we really want to be put too high and maybe get ahead of ourselves.”

The Trojans will certainly have a shot at passing both Garden Spot and Spring Grove when the District 3 tournament rolls around early next month. Only one team — the district champion — will earn a berth into the eight-team PIAA draw.

According to Rodgers, her team is focused on making that possibility a reality.

“We’re all putting in the time on and off the court to make sure we can be where we want to be,” Rodgers said. “And hopefully come playoff time we can put it all together.”

OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

South Western 3, Spring Grove 1: At Hanover on Thursday, the Mustangs triumphed 25-21, 19-25, 25-14, 27-25 and made the D-I race a whole lot more interesting.

Central York, with a 3-0 win over Northeastern on Thursday, took over first in the division at 7-1. Spring Grove dropped to 6-1, while South Western improved to 5-2. The Rockets came into the match ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. For South Western, it avenged an earlier 3-1 defeat to the Rockets in Spring Grove.

The South Western leaders on Thursday were Makayla Dyson (38 assists, eight digs), Emma Filipovits (20 kills, 16 digs), Kirby Meyer (27 digs), Sarah Nicholl (11 kills, six blocks), Kya Rebert (nine kills, three aces, two assists, seven digs) and Emma Baney (13 digs).

Spring Grove's leaders were Maddie Ruhland (10 digs, 41 assists), Hailey Wolfe (17 kills, 11 digs), Nevaeh Wolfe (13 kills, 11 digs), Angalyn Strouse (nine kills, four digs, two aces), Falyn McGlynn (15 digs, three assists, two aces) and Mylie Ormond (five kills, nine digs). Ruhland got her 1,000th career assist.

Delone Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, Delone rolled to a 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 win to improve to 6-2 in D-III. Delone's leaders were Audrey Sell (10 assists), Olivia Snyder (13 assists) and Meredith Wilson (six kills).

New Oxford 3, Eastern York 1: At New Oxford, the Colonials won, 25-21, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23. Eastern was led by Sarah Moore (23 kills, 19 digs), Brooklyn Camara (13 kills, nine digs) and Jaide Fochtman (39 assists, six digs).

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com. Dave VanO'Linda contributed to this report.