West York girls’ volleyball never left any doubt.
Not with the play of its front line.
And not against league foe Susquehannock in a District 3 Class 3A quarterfinal.
West York rolled to a 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 victory Tuesday at Dallastown High School to clinch a berth in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade. The Bulldogs advance to a Thursday semifinal against Palmyra.
“We’re living in the moment, and continuing to work hard,” West York coach Joe Ramp said about his team with its six seniors.
“West York is finally going to states.”
Noting he was nervous before the match, Ramp made a new rule. In an attempt to sharpen his team’s mental focus, he did not permit his players to talk before they warmed up. The rule might stay in place for the remainder of the postseason as his team came out firing.
Nothing ever looked in doubt for the Bulldogs. Marissa Krinock had a match-high 15 kills, freshman Tesia Thomas added nine and Kate Tate had eight.
“It’s been interesting, we’ve had our ups and downs but we came out and tried our best,” said West York senior setter Abbey James, who had 34 assists. “It’s pretty amazing. I mean, was hoping to get to (the league tournament) and districts, but now we are at states and I’m pretty excited for it.”
— Jim Seip
West York girls' volleyball qualified for the state tournament by sweeping Susquehannock in a District 3 Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS
Red Lion 3, Elizabethtown 0: Senior outside hitter Lindsey Blevins' match-winning spike put an exclamation point on the top-seeded Lions' Class 4A sweep over No. 9 seed Elizabethtown at Central York on Tuesday by final scores of 25-17, 25-14, 25-18.
The win propelled the YAIAA playoff champions into the semifinals on Thursday against either No. 4 Exeter Township at Hempfield at 7:30 p.m.
Red Lion (17-2) was paced by a team-high 12 kills from Blevins, 11 kills from senior Lauren Enfield and nine kills from senior Logan Dontell. Blevins, Enfield and junior Autumn Zeplo notched a team-best four aces each while sophomore setter Madelyn Grim topped the Lions with 30 digs.
"We lost the last two years in the quarters," said Red Lion coach Heather Schoemaker. "The third time is the charm."
— Colin Snyder
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS
York Suburban 3, Garden Spot 0: The Trojans beat Garden Spot 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 on Tuesday night at Hempfield High School.
Georgia DuMars had 30 assists for Suburban. Ali Reinecker had 11 digs and Miranda Kauffman recorded 15 kills.
The Trojans will take the court in Thursday's semifinals against Berks Catholic at Hempfield High School. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m.
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
Lancaster Mennonite 3, Littlestown 0: The Thunderbolts' season came to a close with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 defeat at Hempfield.
Emily Staub has 15 digs for Littlestown while Hanna Riley had nine kills and nine digs.