YAIAA girls' volleyball tournament bracket and preview
Now that the volleyball regular season has wrapped up, the York-Adams league tourney is set to start on Monday, Oct. 20 with four quarterfinals matches at Dallastown and will conclude the following day at Dallastown again.
Three teams each from Div. I and II will be included while Div. III will send its top two schools and only Hanover-Adams representatives - Delone Catholic and Bermudian Springs.
The bracket is shown below and preview capsules are listed under the bracket image.
Central York vs. Bermudian. Coming of their first Div. I crown, the Panthers (12-1, 11-1) meet the upstart Eagles (15-2, 10-2) in the first round. The two cross-division foes didn't meet in the regular season but Bermudian's only two losses came at the hands of defending state-champion Delone Catholic. Central sealed their division title outright with a 3-1 win over Spring Grove earlier this week and hasn't lost since an early season tournament. Central will be favored but don't expect Mike Beachy's Bermudian squad to go quietly. A Central win could potentially set up a rematch with Delone after the Panthers were swept by the Squires in last season's league final.
Delone Catholic vs. Susquehannock. A rematch of last season's YAIAA tourney semifinals. The Squires (15-0, 12-1), the only other Hanover-Adams area team besides Bermudian, don't need to be introduced. The county is well aware of their statewide success and their county titles in 2012 and 2013. Jason Leppo's squad lost just once this season (to Berks Catholic in a weekend tournament that didn't count toward District points). Susquehannock (13-5, 10-4) is no stranger to success on the court either. The Warriors won Div. II in 2010 and 2011 and won the Div. I crown in 2012 and 2013. These two teams met in late September and the Squires won 25-12, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 at Delone. Maddie Comly and Sarah Senft each tallied 10 kills for Delone in that win.
York Suburban vs. Red Lion. Perhaps the most evenly matched quarterfinal matchup as both teams finished second in their divisions. The Lions (13-3, 10-2) came just one game short of Central for first place and won six of their last seven games in the regular season. York Suburban (12-3, 11-3) clinched a share of the division title with West York after a late-season rally that included a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. A rematch and third game against West York could potentially happen in the semifinals if both teams win on Monday. The Trojans have never won the YAIAA tournament and Red Lion last won it in 2006.
West York vs. Dallastown. Isn't this cross-division rivalry exciting in every sport? The Bulldogs(13-3, 11-3) finished with a share of the Div. II title with York Suburban while the Wildcats (9-7, 8-4) start the tourney after finishing behind Red Lion and Central in Div. I. Both teams lost in their season finales. The Bulldogs were swept by Susky and Dallastown lost, 3-1, to Red Lion. These two teams did not meet in the regular season.