EMIGSVILLE — In every athletic competition, the result is almost always the most important matter.
Not all victories, however, are alike.
That was the case for the Central York girls’ volleyball team on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
While the outcome — a 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 sweep over second-place South Western — was critical to the Panthers' chances of winning the York-Adams League Division I title, Central coach Nate Ocasio was less than enthusiastic about the level at which his team played.
“This really wasn’t a first-place type of match,” Ocasio said after his team rallied back in each set to pull off the sweep. “We have to figure out (how to start faster) and we have to figure that out quick.”
The Mustangs, who flew a bit under the radar in the preseason, have proven to be one of the better teams in the division. Entering the night with just two losses, the visitors could have pulled even with the Panthers in the standings with an upset.
While a sweep is not entirely indicative of the actual play, South Western kept Ocasio’s girls on the their toes the whole night. The Mustangs led at some point midway through each set before the home team responded back.
“They took us to five the last time we played them,” Central York outside hitter Alexa Shorts said. “They had a really good environment up there so it was really nice to come out here and beat them at home.”
Shorts had a lot to do with her team’s success Tuesday. While no official stats were available afterwards, Shorts finished with double-digits in kills and digs. She also was effective at the service line throughout.
Ocasio, while not overly thrilled with his team’s tenacity on the attack, sounded more than pleased with his team’s defensive efforts.
“In my eight years here I think that this is one of the best, if not the best, defensive teams I’ve had,” he said. “We take a lot of pride on the defensive end just making sure that we’re not an asset to our opponent on the blocked end. Just making sure we’re disciplined and funneling the ball to the defenders.”
The Mustangs only had one attacker — Ali St. Rose (nine) — with more than five kills for the contest. The visitors, however, were able to keep things close with their defense with Megan Wolf (20) and Madisyn McMaster (10) both reaching double-figures in digs.
The victory moved Central (8-1) a big step closer to clinching the division title. With just three division matches remaining, the Panthers can clinch at least a share with one triumph against Spring Grove, Red Lion and New Oxford. South Western fell to 7-3 in the division.
Susquehannock 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors won, 25-7, 25-8, 25-16. Jaden Walker led the Warriors with six kills and 12 digs. Also for the Warriors, Amber Bortner had 17 digs, Allie Grothey had five kills and Emily Sweitzer had nine assists and five digs. For the Rams, Mackenzie DeVita had seven digs. Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-0.
York Suburban 3, York High 0: At York High, the Trojans won, 25-9, 25-10, 25-13, to improve to 9-1 in York-Adams Division II. Elise Mears led the Trojans with nine kills. Also for Suburban, Eryn McBride had four kills, six digs and three aces, Maia Carney had 23 assists and Kat Mooney had seven kills. For the Bearcats, Jae Fitch had five kills, Keishla Ortiz had seven assists and Ercellys Soto had three kills. Suburban won the JV match, 25-4, 25-4.
York Catholic 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Catholic, the Fighting Irish turned away the Eagles, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15. Megan Daugherty had 20 assists for York Catholic, while Madeline Walker had 10 digs and Bella Kepner had eight kills and eight digs. York Catholic also won the JV match, 2-0.
Gettysburg 3, Northeastern 0: At Gettysburg, the Warriors won, 25-13, 25-15, 25-11. Sammi Faloon led the Warriors with five kills and seven digs. For the Bobcats, Natalie Martin had 13 assists, five digs and four aces, while Courtney Klinger had six kills and Abigail Hornberger had 15 digs. Northeastern won the JV match, 2-0.
Dallastown 3, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Wildcats won, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21. Tatiana Matuszewski led the Wildcats with 10 kills and four blocks. Also for Dallastown, Lydia Stump had nine kills and six digs, Gabby Ream had 33 assists and Delaney Kolb had six kills and nine digs. Dallastown won the JV match, 25-13, 25-23.
Hanover 3, York Tech 0: At Hanover, the Nighthawks rolled, 25-13, 25-13, 25-14. Ally Montour (10 kills, six digs), Mattie Heath (eight aces), Rylee Smith (12 kills) and Savannah Disney (15 assists, nine aces) led Hanover, which also won the JV match, 2-0.
West York 3, Eastern York 1: At West York, the Bulldogs won, 25-18, 25-9, 22-25, 25-18. The first-place Bulldogs improved to 11-0 in York-Adams Division II, but suffered their first game loss in division action.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.