For a few minutes Monday night at Northern York High School, all seemed as expected.

Hanover High's girls' volleyball team had just dominated West Perry, 25-13, in a preliminary round match of the District 3 Class AA Tournament.

And, after evening the count at one game apiece with the win, the Hawkettes appeared ready to control the Mustangs, just as Hanover had in a three-game sweep earlier this season.

Hanover head coach Reagan Bitler takes it from there.

"After game two and having that 25-13 win, I thought, 'OK, maybe they understand now after they struggled a little bit in game one,'" Bitler said. "But to come back and lose game three just as bad as what we beat them in game two, I was kind of a little baffled by that.

Hanover’s Courtney Cleary hits a return shot as her teammates Shelby Barnes, left, and Logan Myers look on during Monday’s match against West
Hanover's Courtney Cleary hits a return shot as her teammates Shelby Barnes, left, and Logan Myers look on during Monday's match against West Perry at Northern York High School. (THE EVENING SUN --- BRETT BERWAGER)

"And I thought, 'I'm not sure where we're headed for this evening.'"

Hanover was headed home, as it turned out. West Perry eventually outlasted the Hawkettes, 27-25, 13-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-9, to end Hanover's season.

While Hanover (13-4) fell short of Wednesday's quarterfinal pool action at Dallastown, the outcome put West Perry and head coach Brad Dittmer, into that 4-team pool.

"It was really fun to watch them," Dittmer said of his team. "We've never been to districts, so this is good for them. It's good for us and I think the girls are really excited."

The result also offered a measure of revenge for the Mustangs, who fell to the Hawkttes on West Perry's court earlier.

"When we played up there and played a fairly solid match, I think we had two service errors the whole, entire night in the three games that we played," Bitler said. "Tonight, it just wasn't there."

The battle was joined quickly on Monday at Dillsburg.

West Perry led most of the first game, but with Hanover holding a 25-24 edge, two Hanover errors and Tessa Reisinger's kill from the back row lifted West Perry to its win.

Hanover then leaned upon Courtney Cleary to bring it even and for the most of the night, it worked.

Senior Samantha Good, front left, wipes tears from her eyes as she walks off the court with her Hanover teammates after Monday’s five-set defeat at
Senior Samantha Good, front left, wipes tears from her eyes as she walks off the court with her Hanover teammates after Monday's five-set defeat at the hands of West Perry in the preliminary round of the District 3 Class AA volleyball tournament at Northern York High School. (THE EVENING SUN --- BRETT BERWAGER)
She served Hanover to a 4-0 lead in the second game and Hanover never looked back, especially after another 4-point service run later by Cleary.

However, after Hanover held a 4-3 lead in the third game, West Perry served four of the next five points to take a lead it would not lose in the third game.

Cleary again came up big in the fourth game as she served the Hawkettes to a 3-0 advantage, but West Perry would rally and lead by as much as 16-11. This time, Hanover had an answer, eventually overcoming a 22-21 deficit with four straight points, including kills by Shelby Barnes and Diamond Sorrells.

Yet, after Cleary served Hanover to a 2-0 edge in the deciding game, West Perry erased a 3-1 deficit with five straight points and eventually scored four points in a row at the end to close out the Hawkettes.

"Annah (Aguilar), our setter, had a good night," Dittmer said. "She got up and drew some blocks in the middle and got balls out to everybody."

In fact, sophomore Megan Smith posted 15 kills in 23 opportunities while Reisinger had 10 kills and six digs. Alli Quirk added seven kills, including two in West Perry's final four points.

Hanover was led by Barnes' eight kills, by Cleary's six aces and 17 digs and by Abbey Rhodes' and Sorrells' four blocks each. Sorrells, Rhodes and Cleary are three of Hanover's six seniors who saw their final action, but Bitler was optimistic about the 2012 prospects, considering underclassmen saw considerable playing time this fall.

"We'll spend the summer putting some things together and see what we have," he said.

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at Northern York
WEST PERRY 3, HANOVER 2
(27-25, 13-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-9)
   West Perry -- Megan Smith (15 kills), Tessa Reisinger (10 kills, 6 digs), Alli Quirk (7 kills, 5 digs), Taylor Wilson (4 kills), Annah Aguilar (33 assists).
   Hanover -- Courtney Cleary (6 aces, 17 digs), Diamond Sorrells (4 aces, 5 kills, 4 blocks), Zoie Cleary (1 ace, 8 digs), Sam Good (4 digs, 5 kills, 1 block), Madison Hart (7 kills), Abbey Rhodes (4 blocks), Shelby Barnes (8 kills, 1 block).

Hanover’s Shelby Barnes, left, and Diamond Sorrells, middle, jump in the air as they attempt to block a spike by West Perry’s Megan Smith
Hanover's Shelby Barnes, left, and Diamond Sorrells, middle, jump in the air as they attempt to block a spike by West Perry's Megan Smith during West Perry's five-set victory Monday night at Northern York High School. (THE EVENING SUN --- BRETT BERWAGER)