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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: Spring Grove takes giant stride toward winning Division I championship

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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  • Spring Grove earned a 3-1 girls' volleyball victory over Central York on Thursday night.
  • Spring Grove is now alone in first place in the division at 8-1.
  • Central York fell out of first place and is now 8-2 in division matches.
Hailey Wolfe of Spring Grove drives the ball past Central York blocker Elena Velez, Thursday, October 22, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

SPRING GROVE — There appears to be a changing of the guard in York-Adams League girls’ volleyball.

Three programs that were relegated to the backseat over the past two years are making bids to claim the driver’s seat this time around.

In Division III, after years of being in the shadow of rival Delone Catholic, York Catholic (10-0) officially locked down at least a tie for the title Thursday by downing Hanover.

In Division II, York Suburban (10-0) remains unbeaten and the odds-on favorite to win the division after downing both defending champion West York and an up-and-coming Susquehannock squad during the first round of division play.

Then there's Division I, where Spring Grove, South Western and Central York are all in the mix. The Rockets, who found themselves behind the Panthers and others the last two years, took a big step toward claiming the division title Thursday after sweeping the season series from Central.

Only contests against Dallastown (5-4), Northeastern (3-6) and Dover (0-10) stand between the Rockets (8-1) and the program’s first Division I since 2011. Defending champion Central fell to 8-2.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Spring Grove senior Falyn McGlynn said after her Rockets scored a 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Central Thursday night.

“I know that South Western is considered more of our local rival, but I think Central is the real one. This is the first time in my four years that we beat Central and we did it twice. I think (the previous three years) we may have won just one set against them, so this feels really good.”

Strong junior class: Like York Catholic and York Suburban, the Spring Grove girls had their sights set on making the jump toward a division crown this season. With a promising and talented core of juniors, headlined by twins Neveah and Hailey Wolfe, McGlynn was excited to see how things would unfold this year.

The pandemic created by the coronavirus, however, nearly put a complete damper on things. Spring Grove coach Liz Zeigler admitted that she wasn’t overly optimistic about getting a fall season completed back in early August.

“All that we could be was hopeful that we would get a chance to play,” she said. “That’s why we had Senior Night for our first home game because we weren’t sure how long this season would go.”

With the season experiencing relatively few COVID-19 hitches thus far, the Rockets have been able to soar as one cohesive group. The only blemish so far this year was a 3-1 loss to South Western back on Oct. 15.

“I knew that we had a good chance to do really well,” Zeigler said. “We had the skill and talent, but they just had to put the pieces together and maintain a solid level of confidence.”

That confidence has yet to waiver, even in that setback against the Mustangs.

“We don’t really get easily frustrated,” McGlynn said.

McGlynn a leader: Part of that has to do with McGlynn, who is one of the team’s two seniors. As the team’s most vocal leader, Zeigler relies on McGlynn to be the team’s voice.

“I think that they all look up to me,” McGlynn said. “I know I’m not a big hitter or anything like that, but I’m the one that talks the most. I have to make sure that nothing bad gets into their heads.”

Perhaps one of the few negatives this season for McGlynn and her team is the elimination of the league playoffs. With schools only playing contests against division foes, the Rockets won’t have the experience of playing other Class 3-A teams, such as York Suburban or Susquehannock, until the single-elimination, eight-team District 3 tournament next month.

“It would have been a lot of fun,” McGlynn said. “I know that those are some of the teams that we really would have liked to play them (in counties), but it should be even more super-exciting to play them in districts.”

OTHER GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

York Catholic 3, Hanover 0: At Hanover, the Irish won the D-III match, 25-10, 25-16, 25-18. Lindsey Beck led the Irish with 17 assists and four aces. Also for YC, Shannon Toomey and Hope Leavy-Gaskins each had six kills, while Mia Citrone had 12 digs and four assists. YC improved to 10-0 in the division.

York Suburban 3, Gettysburg 0: At Suburban, the Trojans won the D-II match, 25-16, 25-17, 25-14. Maddison Perring led the Trojans with 13 kills, four digs and three blocks. Also for Suburban, Mackenzie Corsa had nine kills and 10 digs, Eliana Rodgers had six kills and 15 digs and Caitlin Springer had 30 assists and seven digs. Suburban is now 10-0 in the division.

South Western 3, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Mustangs won the D-I match, 25-7, 25-15, 25-21. Sarah Nicholl led the Mustangs with 15 kills and four blocks. Also for South Western, Emma Filipovits had 15 digs, nine kills and three aces; Makayla Dyson had 28 assists, nine digs and three kills; and Kirby Meyer had 16 digs. South Western improved to 7-2 in the division.

Littlestown 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the Lady Bolts rolled, 25-13, 25-5, 25-10, to improve to 7-3 in D-III. Littlestown was led by Hailey Riley (12 assists, eight aces), Carli Thayer (six aces, six blocks) and Makayla Orwig (six kills).

Bermudian Springs 3, York Tech 0: At Tech, the Eagles cruised, 25-18, 25-12, 25-9. Bermudian was led by Jewel Tallman (18 assists, five aces) and Erin Shaw (nine digs).

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