South Western’s Brittany Harman, right, attempts a spike as Delone Catholic’s Ali Bowker, left, and Rachael Hoffman attempt to block her shot
South Western's Brittany Harman, right, attempts a spike as Delone Catholic's Ali Bowker, left, and Rachael Hoffman attempt to block her shot during Delone Catholic's victory Wednesday at South Western. (Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager)
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The fact the Delone Catholic High Squirettes went to South Western and came away with a volleyball win isn't a surprise.

Had South Western gotten the win, it also would not have been a surprise.

The surprise came when the Squirettes won the match in three straight games.

Both team had met in tournament play last weekend with the Lady Mustangs beating the Squirettes, 2-0.

Wednesday night, however, was the Squirettes' night as they got the big points when they needed them and were able to hold off the Lady Mustangs when they tried to get back in the game.

That was enough for the Squirettes to come away with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win.

"We really worked hard tonight from first point to the last point." Delone Catholic coach Steph Zortman said. "Mentally, we were all there and stayed focused throughout. I couldn't be more pleased right now."

A preview of how the night would go showed in Game 1 as the biggest lead either team could get was two points. The Lady Mustangs seemed to have the advantage as they were able to build a 22-20 lead and had the serve.

They wouldn't score again as Delone took the last five points to win the game. Junior Lauren Kotula's kill started the run and gave the serve back to the Squirettes. After unforced errors by the Lady Mustangs tied the game at 22, the Squirettes got kills from Ashley Rineman and Kotula around another unforced error by South Western to close the game.

Game 2 wasn't as close, but featured a South Western run that almost saw the Squirettes blow an 23-15 lead. With Brittany Harman on the serving line, South Western went on a 6-0 run to make it a 23-21 score. During the run, Delone committed four unforced errors. A tip by Kotula stopped the run and an ace by Ali Bowker ended the game.

Game 3 was almost identical to Game 2 in that the Squirettes raced out to a 11-5 lead. With Harman again at the serving line, the Lady Mustangs turned a 12-6 deficit into a 12-12 tie.

Delone Catholic’s Arielle Placke celebrates with her teammates after scoring a point during Delone Catholic’s victory over South Western on
Delone Catholic's Arielle Placke celebrates with her teammates after scoring a point during Delone Catholic's victory over South Western on Wednesday. (Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager)
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South Western's last lead came at 20-19 on a kill by Lizz Bell. A tip by Rineman and a bad pass by the Lady Mustangs gave Delone the lead for good at 21-20. The game-winner came on a kill by Placke.

"We played fairly well tonight," South Western coach Paul Zeroth said. "In every game, we had opportunities to score points and we didn't. Sometimes they fall and sometimes they don't. Their defense was a lot better tonight. We were also tipping the ball a lot instead of hitting it. Tonight, they were the better team."

Field Hockey

LITTLESTOWN 4, YORK SUBURBAN 0: At Littlestown, the Lady Bolts (13-5) completed their regular season with a shutout of the Trojans.

Nikki DeGroft scored her 14th and 15th goals of the season as Littlestown raced to a 3-0 halftime lead. Brianne Becker added a goal and assist.

Golf:

PIAA EAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: At Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, Gettysburg golfer Matt Hardman shot a 5-over 77 to miss the cut to advance to the PIAA Championships by one stroke.

The PIAA tournament accepts the top 26 golfers.

The Warrior golfer was the Hanover area's only representative in the tournament.