South Western High wasted little time Tuesday night in knocking off Eastern York in the YAIAA Girls Volleyball Championship Tournament at Dallastown.
The Lady Mustangs won in three games, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15, and advanced to the semifinals to play Red Lion, which knocked off Delone Catholic in four games.
"We came together well and kept a steady head. I thought we played really well. We really meshed," said South Western's Lizz Bell.
South Western gained its momentum between the end of the second game and the beginning of the third.
Ahead 17-15, the Lady Mustangs scored eight straight points to take the game from the Lady Knights.
In the third game, South Western started the game with a red-hot seven unanswered points, giving the Lady Mustangs a 15-0 run.
"We were just clicking. We were on. We wanted it," Bell said.
Though Eastern York nearly pulled even, South Western spouted off another run, extending the lead to six points and putting the third and final game out of reach.
"I thought we played pretty well once we started to hit. I think our kids were a little tentative in the beginning of the match," said South Western coach Paul Zeroth.
Both Zeroth and Bell said the team struggled with passing on the serve-receive, a point the team will emphasize in practice for the match against Red Lion on Thursday.
In earlier action, Delone had its hands full with Red Lion and dropped the first two games before rallying to win the third.
The Squirettes were competitive in the first two games, but the Lady Lions were too tough.
"We just weren't there the first two games at all. Nothing was really going right for us," Delone coach Stephanie Zortman said.
Delone came out fired up in the third game, shooting out to an 11-0 start, thanks to six aces from Rachael Hoffman, en route to a 25-13 victory.
"We were having fun, and I think we had lost that in the first two games," Zortman said.
Red Lion came strong in the fourth game, coming from down 19-15 to rattle off an 8-1 run and steal the game from the Squirettes.
"It wasn't just our serving that wasn't there. We just need to be mentally and physically there from point one, and we just weren't," Zortman said.
Delone Catholic will prepare for the district tournament next week.
"Bottom line is we need to play harder. We need to outplay our opponent and tonight we didn't do that," Zortman said.
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