York Suburban's standout girls' volleyball season comes to end with state semifinal loss

  • York Suburban fell to Bethlehem Catholic in a PIAA Class 3-A girls' volleyball semifinal on Tuesday.
  • Suburban won the first set, but lost the next three sets. The score was 20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20.
  • Suburban's season ends at 18-1. Bethlehem Catholic (16-0) advances to the state final.
York Suburban's Maddison Perring, left, and Eliana Rodgers block a tap-over by Emma Maskiell of Bethlehem Catholic during the PIAA Class 3-A girls' volleyball state semifinal game, Tuesday, November 17, 2020
John A. Pavoncello photo

It has been an historically successful season for the York Suburban girls’ volleyball team.

The Trojans not only rolled through the York-Adams League Division II schedule unbeaten, but also survived a brutal District 3 Class 3-A bracket to become the program's first district championship squad since 1976.

Tuesday night, needing just one more victory to advance to the state final, the Trojans found themselves backed up against a wall against District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic.

Unlike a week ago, when the Suburban girls rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to claim the District 3 title in thrilling fashion against Garden Spot, the Trojan girls were unable to make history repeat itself a week later. The visiting Hawks claimed a 20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 triumph.

Suburban’s history-making season ended one match shy of a state title appearance. The Trojans finished with an 18-1 record. Bethlehem Catholic is 16-0.

“We lost to a good team,” Suburban senior Maddison Perring said of the Hawks, who are ranked No. 1 in the state in 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. “I think we were equally matched. Some calls just didn’t fall our way, but that’s what happens.”

The Trojans, who came into the match ranked No. 2 in the state in 3-A by the PVCA, certainly weren’t overmatched. The Bethlehem Catholic service game, however, gave the Trojans a lot of trouble, especially late in Set 3 and Set 4, when the Hawks were able to put together big runs.

“We struggled with our serve-receive tonight,” Suburban coach Sonia Guyer said. “They have some big girls across the net and they set up a really nice block that we had some difficultly with working our way around.”

Moments after the final point was finished, the Suburban faithful gave the team a well-deserved ovation. That’s something that Guyer hopes her team never forgets.

“I just told the girls that when they’re finished with their grief process to just come out feeling proud,” Guyer said. “We’re just so proud of who they are and what they’ve done.”

While the setback was disappointing, Guyer couldn’t have been more proud of how far her squad came.

“I have a lot of faith in them,” she said. “And I know enough to not bet against them.”

For Perring, who is one of four seniors on the Suburban roster, not getting the fairytale ending she was hoping for didn’t take away from a season full of memories.

“I couldn’t imagine a better senior season,” said Perring, who finished with nine kills. “This is the farthest the school has come in a really long time and to be able to say that I was a part of that is amazing.”

Eliana Rodgers, who is one of seven Suburban girls to make the District 3 3-A all-star squad, led the Trojans with 14 kills. Grace Hare and Zoe Haines finished with five kills apiece.

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