GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: York-Adams Division I race now features logjam at top

Dallastown libero Sofia Okronley bumps the ball to return a Spring Grove serve, Monday, October 26, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

The jumbled York-Adams League Division I girls' volleyball race got a little more jumbled on Monday night.

Spring Grove was coming off an emotional 3-1 triumph over rival Central York on Thursday night that appeared to put the Rockets in the D-I driver's seat.

Monday, however, Spring Grove dropped a 3-2 decision at Dallastown, in a match that featured a furious comeback by the Wildcats, who rallied for a 21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-12 victory.

Also on Monday, South Western grabbed a 3-1 victory over visiting Central.

When the dust settled, Spring Grove and South Western were tied for the division lead at 8-2, while Central York is a half game back at 8-3. Dallastown moved to 6-4.

In South Western's win over Spring Grove, the match scores were 25-20, 27-25, 22-25, 25-22.

The Mustangs were led by Makayla Dyson (39 assists, five digs), Emma Filipovits (21 kills, 17 digs), Kirby Meyer (25 digs), Sarah Nicholl (17 kills) and Emma Baney (15 digs).

The Central leaders were Abbey Stiffler (16 digs, 36 assists), Alexis Southivong (24 digs), Brynn Weigle (14 kills, 13 digs), Princess Gabriel (13 kills, 10 digs) and Karli Bacha (18 digs).

Spring Grove, meanwhile, entered the night ranked No. 6 in the state in Class 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

In the latest District 3 power ratings, Spring Grove is No. 3 in 3-A, South Western is No. 7 in 4-A, Central York is No. 11 in 4-A and Dallastown is No. 16 in 4-A.

Only the top eight teams in 4-A and 3-A will qualify for the district playoffs.


York Suburban 3, New Oxford 0: At Suburban, the Trojans improved to 11-0 in Division II, clinching at least a tie for the division crown, with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-19 victory. Caitlin Springer (26 assists, five digs), Eliana Rodgers (16 kills, nine digs), Mackenzie Corsa (16 digs) and Peyton Lando (12 digs) led the Trojans. Suburban is No. 2 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings, behind only Garden Spot (14-0). The Trojans are also No. 4 in the state in 3-A in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Littlestown 3, Hanover 0: At Littlestown, the home team rolled 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, to improve to 8-3. Littlestown's stat leaders were: Hailey Riley (eight kills, five digs, 14 assists) and Carli Thayer, Kills (13 assists).

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