All four games came down to a handful of points at the end and it was Dallastown that found a way to win three of them, claiming a 3-1 win (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22) over Red Lion in a YAIAA Division I girls' volleyball match Tuesday evening at Dallastown High School.
"I told them before the game that it was going to be close," said Dallastown coach Shannon Werner. "Whoever made the fewest mistakes would win. At the end of the day, it happened to be us."
The final three games were tied at 22-all and decided by the last handful of points. The Wildcats managed to win the last two of those to clinch the match.
"This team really listens," Werner said. "If I tell them to block, they block. They do what the coaches ask. They really want to win and you can see that in this group."
In the final game, a kill by junior outside hitter Delaney Kolb combined with some service points from senior A.J. Hale were the difference.
"We were very excited coming in," said Kolb, who played some varsity last season as a sophomore. "We really wanted to crush (Red Lion). They might be our No. 1 rival other than Central (York) and we did that. I think placement was big for us. We had to try and control the ball, put it where they weren't and that got us points."
Kolb delivered a game-high 17 kills for Dallastown.
"(Kolb) played a bit on varsity last year because we had an injury, but she was a bit inconsistent," Werner said. "We worked with her and went to team camp at Penn State where (Penn State women's coach) Russ Rose was helping her out. We've been working hard with her and she really was our go-to hitter in this one."
Dallastown broke the 22-all tie in the third game behind three-straight service points from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Stump, who contributed 15 kills and 18 digs in the match.
Red Lion rallied from a game down to tie the match with a two-point win in the second game. Junior Autumn Zeplo and senior Cassidy Tosch both had solid service runs in that game to spark the Lions.
Senior Lindsey Blevins paced Red Lion with 13 kills, two aces and 18 digs. Senior Lauren Enfield added nine kills and 19 digs while sophomore Maddie Grim notched 27 assists.
"Dallastown played great defense," said Red Lion coach Heather Schoemaker. "We just could not get our passing or defense where it needed to be. Unfortunately, we got outworked at the end. It was those little details at the end that made a difference."