York Suburban girls' volleyball team now just two more wins from a state championship

Head coach Sonia Guyer talks to her York Suburban team during the District 3 playoffs. The Trojans need just two more wins to claim a PIAA Class 3-A state title. John A. Pavoncello photo

The York Suburban girls’ volleyball team is just two wins away from a state championship.

The District 3 champion Trojans advanced to the PIAA Class 3-A semifinals on Saturday afternoon with a dominating 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 quarterfinal triumph over District 2 champion Berwick at Suburban.

The Trojans were powered by Caitlin Springer (32 assists, 12 digs, four aces), Eliana Rodgers (13 kills, 11 digs), Maddison Perring (11 kills), Zoe Haines (nine kills), Mackenzie Corsa (22 digs) and Peyton Lando (eight digs).

Coach Sonia Guyer's Suburban club will now get to play another home match at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the state semifinals, but this contest promises to be a whole lot more competitive for the unbeaten Trojans (18-0).

Next up for the Trojans is District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic.

According to the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings, Bethlehem Catholic is No. 1 in the state in 3-A, while Suburban is No. 4. Bethlehem Catholic is coming off a 25-6, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23 victory in its state quarterfinal match vs. Pope John Paul II, which came in ranked No. 3 in the state in 3-A.  

Of course, Suburban is no stranger to knocking off state-ranked opponents. The Trojans stormed back from a 2-0 hole for a 3-2 victory over No. 2-ranked Garden Spot in Tuesday's District 3 3-A championship match. 

Bethlehem Catholic is also unbeaten at 15-0.

Unranked Berwick, meanwhile, finished its season at 16-1.

The winner of Tuesday’s game between Suburban and Bethlehem Catholic will advance to the state championship match at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.

The other state semifinal on Tuesday will pit District 7 champion Franklin against District 9 champion DuBois. That match will be played at Franklin.

Franklin (17-2) is ranked No. 6 in the state in 3-A, while DuBois (18-1) is unranked.

If Suburban can win its next two matches, it will capture the program’s first state title since 1975. Bethlehem Catholic, meanwhile, is chasing after its first state championship since 2014.

The last York-Adams League team to win a girls’ volleyball state crown is West York, which took the 3-A crown is 2018. Suburban rolled to the York-Adams Division II crown in 2020 without losing a set.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. This story was updated to correct Suburban's nickname in the third paragraph.