Susquehannock girls volleyball coach Rob Marrison knew this season would be challenging for his team.
The Warriors lost 6-foot Sherelle Walker, last year's Division II Player of the Year, to graduation.
Plus, Susquehannock was moved from Class AA to Class AAA, and, in turn, bumped up to Division I in the YAIAA.
"I told them early in the season that I don't really care about last year, I care about this year," Marrison said. "I think the big thing is that they want to continue the success that we've had in past years, and they're willing to put the hard work into practices."
Marrison said during the first two weeks of preseason, the squad was practicing for about four hours every night every night.
"That makes for a long day for everybody," he said.
Nevertheless, during the season season, the squad has proven they are ready to take on any and all comers. That point was proven Tuesday evening, when the Warriors blanked perennial powerhouse Central York, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-21), and improved to 3-0.
The Panthers (2-1) returned many of their starters from last season, where they made it to the District 3 Class AAA semifinals.
Susquehannock features a stellar senior class including outside hitter Beth Garrison and 6-foot middle hitter Caroline Savin.
"I think that's the difference between this year's team and previous years teams," Marrison said. "Caroline is tall, and I think teams tend to chase her across the net, but we've got a pretty balanced offensive attack this year."
The combo accounted for 17 kills with Garrison adding two aces.
"Being a shorter team, we all recognize that we need to go in the gym every day, work hard, and stay focused, and in these games we are able to do that," Garrison said.
With the graduation of Walker, Garrison is seeing much more playing time and is stepping up to the challenge.
"She's a small outside, and everyone takes her for granted," Marrison said of Garrison. "But she's a really good volleyball player."
Susquehannock, however, certainly shared the workload, as the team had four players with eight or more kills and four players with eight or more digs.
Senior libero Genna Weger finished with 21 assists, and classmate Rachel Moltz led the Warriors with 32 assists to go along with three aces.
"It's not about aces with us, we're just trying to put balls in play," Marrison said. "If we hit the spots that we're trying to attack out on the floor we think we'll get aces eventually."
The Warriors fell behind 3-6 in Game 1 before tying the score at nine. The team then went on a 16-4 run to end the game, 25-13, and go up by one.
The Panthers did not retire easily, though errors seemed to force the squad to play on their heels most of the match.
Games 2 and 3 featured back-and-forth play between the teams with Central rallying numerous times, but Susquehannock was just too tough for the visitors.
The Warriors did not lead by more than four points in either game with the exception of the game winner (25-20) in Game 2.
The Panthers were down 18-17 in the second game before Susquehannock finished the game with a 7-3 run.
Central was led by the tough-nosed play of senior outside hitter Hadley Swartz, who led both teams with 12 kills on the night. Junior Erin Dobbeck finished with 25 assists for the Panthers.