It happened again Tuesday, during the Warriors YAIAA tournament quarterfinal match with Central York. After two relatively brisk games, Susquehannock stumbled to a lopsided defeat in Game 3.
"We have a tendency where we're playing OK, then we just kind of stop from a mental standpoint," Marrison said. "I think for whatever reason, they thought they had they that (match) won."
Luckily for the Warriors and their coach, that proved to be only a minor blip. Susquehannock rebounded to take a breezy fourth set and earn a 3-1 victory over the Panthers, 25-16, 25-19, 12-25, 25-16.
That was about the closest thing to drama Tuesday, during a full night of volleyball at Dallastown High School. The other three teams to clinch semifinal spots -- Dover, Spring Grove and Delone Catholic -- all did so in straight sets.
The four teams will reconvene at Dallastown tomorrow at 6 p.m. for the semifinals. Susquehannock will meet Dover, the Division I runners up, in one match, while Division I champion Spring Grove will face Division III winner Delone Catholic in the other. The finals will follow at 7:30.
This is familiar territory for the Warriors; they went undefeated through Division II play this season and are a regular in this tournament. But their success lately -- like their victory Tuesday -- has not come without minor bumps. Before playing in a tournament at Cumberland Valley last week, Marrison and his coaching staff made a significant change to their lineup, moving senior Kacey Franz from outside hitter to setter.
"We're just trying to find something that's going to keep them more steady," Marrison said.
The move paid off. Susquehannock won that weekend tournament -- it beat Dover in the final -- and looked sharp in three of its four games Tuesday. Franz had a team-high 22 assists to go along with three kills. Many of those assists went to Sherelle Walker (15 kills) and Caroline Savin (16 kills).
Walker had a pair of kills during the Warriors' 10-1 run to midway through Game 4. That gave Susquehannock a 17-8 edge.
Marrison was adamant his team won't be able to afford such lapses in their semifinal against the Eagles. Dover, the defending tournament champion, breezed past West York in three games, 25-17, 25-11, 25-15.
The Eagles have improved steadily since a pair of division losses to Spring Grove and Central York early in the season.
"Last year's team, there were a lot of high expectations," Dover co-head coach Bobbie Strausbaugh said. "A lot of them were very experienced ... this team's just a whole new group that came together very quickly, and they're exceeding our expectations."
On Tuesday, the Eagles leaned once again on do-it-all senior Sammie Strausbaugh, who notched team-highs in kills (22), digs (11) and aces (10). She ripped six aces during a run of 12 straight points in the clinching game.
Meanwhile, the Rockets had little trouble dispatching Hanover in three games, 25-14, 25-15, 25-18. Spring Grove was led by Brandi Kinard's 26 assists and Karli Mummert's 8 kills.
Spring Grove was the runner-up in last year's tournament, a fact coach Dawn Myers hopes serves as motivation for her team.
"We'll find out Thursday," Myers said.
Spring Grove and Delone Catholic have not played this season, but the teams know each other fairly well. During the summer, those two and Susquehannock met at the Warriors' gym once a week to scrimmage each other.
"The girls are pretty familiar," Squirettes coach Jason Leppo said. "Hopefully we come out and play well, because we have to for us to even have a chance."
A repeat of their quarterfinal performance would be a good start. Delone Catholic smothered Eastern York, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17, led by a balanced offensive attack. Allie Mondorff dished out 27 assists, while Natalie Ormond hammered a team-high nine kills.
Cambria Weirman and Faith Athey each added eight kills for the Squirettes.
at Dallastown H.S.
SPRING GROVE 3, HANOVER 0
(25-14, 25-15, 25-18)
Hanover -- Shelby Barnes (3 kills), Samantha Good (13 assists), Courtney Cleary (7 digs), Zoie Cleary (5 digs), Paige Fuhrman (8 digs), Madison Hart (4 kills), Diamond Sorrells (1 ace, 1 block, 5 kills), Abbey Rhodes (2 kills), Rennee Drawbaugh (2 aces, 2 digs).
Spring Grove -- Dakota Godfrey (6 kills, 1 block, 10 digs, 2 aces), Kayla Yingling (19 digs, 3 aces), Allie Garrett (7 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace), Karli Mummert (8 kills, 2 digs, 3 blocks), Brandi Kinard (26 assists, 7 digs, 2 aces), Adrienne Marcionette (7 digs, 1 ace).
DELONE 3, EASTERN 0
(25-15, 25-13, 25-17)
Eastern York -- Morgan Deremer (8 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces, 1 assist), Tori Keller (2 assists, 2 kills), Kirsten Myers (1 assist, 4 digs, 1 ace), Abby Brate (13 digs), Erin Kalke (5 digs), Lexi Rhein (9 assists, 10 digs, 6 kills), Lauryn Snyder (4 assists, 12 digs), Lauren Reichard (2 kills), Jordan Murray (1 kill), Kirsten Crumling (1 dig).
Delone Catholic -- Hannah Lawrence (2 digs), Meghan Stambaugh (2 assists), Nikki Snyder (10 digs), Madalyn Greth (6 kills, 2 digs), Allie Mondorff (1 ace, 2 kills, 27 assists, 3 digs), Natalie Ormond (1 ace, 9 kills, 3 blocks, 1 dig), Brittany George (2 assists, 1 dig), Cambria Weirman (3 aces, 8 kills, 4 digs), Faith Athey (4 aces, 8 kills, 7 blocks, 1 dig), Isabela Ugarte (2 digs), Ali Smith (3 kills, 4 blocks), Mary Gingrow (1 ace).
DOVER 3, WEST YORK 0
(25-17, 25-11, 25-15)
West York -- Emily Sides (17 assists), Jade Williams (11 digs), Katelyn Ort (11 kills).
Dover -- Bayleigh Hoffman (4 kills, 19 assists, 6 digs, 1 ace), Sammie Strausbaugh (22 kills, 7 assists, 11 digs, 10 aces), Hannah Breneman (1 kill), Sarah Musser (7 kills, 10 digs), Katie Diehl (7 digs), Erin Wetzel (8 digs), Kylie Foust (1 kill, 3 assists, 1 dig), Lauryn Messner (1 ace).
SUSQUEHANNOCK 3, CENTRAL 1
(25-16, 25-19, 12-25, 25-16)
Central York -- Hayley Harrold (29 assists), Brooklyn Smith (15 digs, 1 ace), Sydney Gallagher (12 kills, 1 ace), Jordan Benton (8 kills, 2 blocks), Hadley Swartz (8 kills, 1 ace).
Susquehannock -- Sherelle Walker (15 kills), Hannah Bentz (28 digs), Kacey Franz (3 kills, 22 assists), Rachel Moltz (3 aces), Caroline Savin (16 kills), Leah Deter (4 kills, 2 assists), Kara Anderson (3 kills, 2 aces, 15 assists).