It's not as if Derek Wisner hasn't been on the service line for 10 straight points before. After all, between high school and playing with his club, the Central York senior has spent a lot of time on the volleyball court.
However, when Wisner did it on Tuesday night at Red Lion, the timing worked out very well for the Panthers. Instead of another close game between Central and the Lions, the run -- helped by three aces from Wisner -- created a double-digit lead in the fourth game.
Moments later, the Panthers wrapped up a three games to one victory against an improved Red Lion team, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-12, in the YAIAA opener for both schools.
"It's (a matter of) just going back trying to do the same thing and not worry too much about it," Wisner said of his approach at the service line. "It definitely gives you confidence that it is working."
While he might not be overpowering on the serve, Wisner's ball has a lot of movement as it crosses the net, which gave the Lions problems as Central stretched an 11-9 lead to 20-9, which put the final game out of reach.
Red Lion coach Ashleigh Reinert was forced to use both of her timeouts during the run, the second of which she called after Wisner hit the top of the net with a serve that spun and dropped for an ace.
Jesus Gonzalez ended the run with a kill, but Central's Alex Klunk blocked a Lions effort on the next sideout. A short while later, Ryan Gardner put up a block that gave the Panthers a 23-12 lead, and Central captured the match on a Royce Clemens block.
The Panthers took the first game, then raced out to a 14-6 lead in the second before Red Lion ran off seven straight points. Later, a 5-0 Lions run turned a 19-18 deficit to a 23-19 Red Lion lead and an eventual win in the second game.
"It seemed to me like we were not taking swings, kind of playing too cautiously," Central coach Brad Livingston said. "At the end of the day I thought we played right into their hands. They went after the win more than we did. I was interested to see if we would be able to come back at the end and unfortunately we didn't. So that is something else we have to work on."
Central worked on it in the third game, using a 12-3 run to open a 14-6 lead. The Lions closed the gap, but the Panthers got kills from Klunk, Gardner, Clemens and Josh Van Wyk as the teams traded late-game points.
"I thought maybe Game Three was one of our better games. Then I thought we started to play a little tentative in Game Four," Livingston said. "We are trying to get the consistency of where they will come in and put the hammer down on every play. It's a hard thing to do.
"Somewhere down the road we are going to be a pretty good volleyball team. We are just not there yet."
Reinert knew that Central was going to be a tough opponent to open the YAIAA season. But she likes the makings of her group.
"My guys are really positive this year and we are just trying to figure out how to put it all together," she said. Every year gets a little better. It's a slow process, but we have lots of returners. It's easier when guys have played together for years."
at Red Lion
CENTRAL YORK 3, RED LION 1
(25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-12)
Central York stats -- Dylan Hose (1 kill, 2 blocks, 51 assists); Alex Klunk (12 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace); Josh Van Wyk (12 kills, 1 dig, 2 ace); Royce Clemens (15 kills, 3 digs, 1 block, 1 ace); Ryan Gardner (7 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks).
Red Lion stats -- Jesus Gonzalez (9 kills, 1 dig, 1 block); Alec Chronister (7 kills, 11 digs, 1 assist); Dan Longnecker (1 kill, 3 digs, 19 assists); Jake Frey (9 kills, 15 digs, 1 block, 3 assists, 1 ace); Jared Warner (8 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 2 aces).
JV Score -- Central York 2-0 (25-13, 25-19).