Spring Grove’s Claire SIndlinger goes up for a spike as South Western’s (left to right) Hannah Free, Tif Shank and Kiera Rebert line up to
Spring Grove's Claire SIndlinger goes up for a spike as South Western's (left to right) Hannah Free, Tif Shank and Kiera Rebert line up to block Tuesday during District 3 Class AAA Pool D play at Dallastown High School. (Evening Sun Photo by Meghan Gauriloff)
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South Western High and Daniel Boone, the top seeds in Pool D of the District 3 Class AAA Volleyball Tournament at Dallastown on Tuesday, squared off in the last match.

Most people expected that matchup to determine first and second places in the pool.

Instead, it went the other way.

On the other court, play-in winners Hempfield and Spring Grove were battling it out for the top seed after both advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals.

"I thought the girls just had a good time. They enjoyed playing tonight," Spring Grove coach Dawn Myers said.

Spring Grove surprised top-seeded South Western in the first matchup as the Lady Rockets won, 26-24, 22-25, 25-14.

Spring Grove advanced after defeating Daniel Boone, who finished 0-3 for the night.

"This was a tough pool tonight. The York league ... top five had a lot of parity," Myers said.

Myers said playing against such a tough conference game in and game out was helpful preparation for the District 3 tournament and beyond.

"It certainly helps us for the postseason. We have to have our game every night," Myers said.

In the final matchup, the Lady Rockets lost to Hempfield, 23-25, 16-25, 25-23. Spring Grove's win in the final game gave the Lady Knights their only loss in a game all night.

Spring Grove libero Lauren Magalski led the Lady Rockets with 51 digs and three aces. Maggie Hoff added 27 kills, 38 digs and three aces for Spring Grove.

The Lady Rockets continue their season b y facing one of the state's top teams in Garden Spot at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hempfield. Spring Grove fell to Garden Spot in the district quarterfinals last season, making Thursday's matchup more meaningful.

"They are good, but I'm ready to play them. We want a rematch from last year," Myers said.

Against Spring Grove, the Lady Mustangs experienced a scare when senior setter Kiera Rebert went down clutching her ankle.

Though Rebert later returned, South Western continued to struggle, falling to a tougher-than-expected Hempfield squad, 25-13, 25-12, 25-9, in the second matchup.

Spring Grove’s Claire Sindlinger tries to block South Western’s Kiera Rebert hit during Pool D play in the District 3 Class AAA Volleyball
Spring Grove's Claire Sindlinger tries to block South Western's Kiera Rebert hit during Pool D play in the District 3 Class AAA Volleyball Tournament at Dallastown HIgh School. (Evening Sun Photo by Meghan Gauriloff)
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"It is really sad, but I'm glad it is over with. It was a great experience and I am glad to be able to have worked with all of these people," said senior libero Hannah Free.

It was not all for naught for the Lady Mustangs, who ended the night on a positive note with a win over Daniel Boone.

"Coach (Paul Zeroth) told us to have fun, go out there and play our hardest because it was going to be our last games," Free said.

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