GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Red Lion wins showdown over Central York — York Dispatch

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Red Lion wins showdown over Central York

Lauren Enfield, left, and Lindsey Blevins of Red Lion celebrate after getting match point against Central York on Thursday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

RED LION While weekend tournament play isn’t typically indicative of how good a girls’ volleyball team is, a particular result in the Wildcat Invitational finals kind of ticked off the Red Lion girls.

Back then, the Lions were dominated 25-14 by eventual champion Central York. So when those two teams each with perfect records in York-Adams Division I play squared off Thursday evening at Red Lion High School, Coach Heather Schoemaker’s gang was hoping to make a statement.

And so they did.

After staving off a late Central rally to capture Game 1 by a 25-23 clip, the Lions rolled out to an 11-1 advantage in Game 2 to cruise to a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 triumph.

A hiccup in Game 3, in which they were dropped decisively, 25-11, the home team reversed course in Game 4 to claim a 25-16 triumph and close out a 3-1 victory.

«Hands down that was the best match we played all season,» said Schoemaker, whose team improved to 6-0 in Division I. «The girls just brought it together and had a good practice and they felt good about today.»

Perhaps the focus was the result of some extra determination that started a few weekends ago at Dallastown.

«We really wanted to defeat them,» said Red Lion outside hitter Lindsey Blevins. «They beat us in the finals (at the Wildcat) so we had extra motivation.»

Schoemaker could tell her team was ready from the onset.

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«I think having the home-court advantage helps us,» she said. «Being home and having the crowd that we had helps us. But I think we just maintained our focus and being mindful that we have to start off the games strong right away.»

Blevins had perhaps her most dominating match of the season. The sophomore led the Lions with 13 kills to go with 10 digs. She was able to tally them from pretty much all over the court. Many of those kills came in the first two games when her team set the tone. The fact that they came from a sophomore in such a big match may surprise some, but not Schoemaker.

«From Lindsey, I’ve seen that maturity, and she can continue to bring it,» said the Red Lion coach. «She definitely brings the team energy.»

Central coach Nate Ocasio came away impressed with Blevins’ play.

«That’s the best that I’ve seen her play,» Ocasio said. «She played really well and had a hell of a night.»

Blevins, however, wasn’t alone in her efforts. Fellow sophomore Lauren Enfield slammed down 10 kills, middle Jenna Hevner tallied eight kills to go with six blocks and setter Brooke Daugherty dished out 33 assists.

«It’s this whole team,» Schoemaker said. «It’s not just one individual. If you look at our stats, it’s everyone bringing the kills. So for us it’s nice to have more than one person to depend on.»

Central has a lot of the same make-up as the Lions in regards to size and talent. The visitors, however, were unable to really string together much momentum except in Game 3 as the Red Lion serving threw the Panther offense out of whack.

«They won the serve-and-pass battle,» Ocasio said. «And that’s just the bottom line.»

Andrea Quartey led Central (5-1) with 12 kills, while Emily Poole added six kills and five blocks. Allison Rife tallied six kills and eight digs, while setter Julia Terpak dished out 26 assists.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Eastern York 3, York High 0: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights rolled, 25-8, 25-6, 25-6. Lauren Reichard (nine kills), Allie Crumling (eight digs, six kills) and Lauryn Snyder (24 assists) led Eastern. Emoni Perkiss had three blocks for York. Eastern won the JV match, 25-7, 25-9.

Delone Catholic 3, York Tech 0: At Spry, the Squirettes won, 25-12, 25-8, 25-10. Christina Photiades ripped five kills for the Squirettes, while Katie Laughman delivered seven assists and Kayla Ewart served six aces. For the Spartans, Krista Ruppert had nine digs, while Brooke Glass had eight digs and six assists and Kayli Shoff had five assists and three digs. Delone won the JV match, 25-7, 25-5.

West York 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At West York, Amanda Sides smashed 13 kills and Meryssa Love delivered 31 assists to help the Bulldogs sweep the Rams, 25-10, 26-24, 25-13. Dixie Miller added eight kills for West York. Mekenzie Feyerhem and Brittany Wolf teamed for 13 K-D kills, and Adrianna Hoke put up 14 assists. West York won the JV match, 25-15, 25-15.

Spring Grove 3, Dover 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets pulled out a hard-fought first game, 25-23, and then completed the sweep with 25-9 and 25-14 victories. Spring Grove’s Linsey Altland and Karli Glatfelter teamed for 17 kills, and Becca Keller assisted on 16 points. Karsyn Blauser (nine kills) and Katie Kann (17 assists) led Dover. Spring Grove captured the JV match, 25-14, 25-20.

Gettysburg, 3, Susquehannock 1: At Gettysburg, Jess Sandoe and Grace Redman teamed for 24 kills as Gettysburg won the clash of Warriors, 25-22, 19-25, 25-14, 25-22. Myla Manahan supplied 33 assists, 11 digs and five aces for the Adams County team. Kaila Glenn hammered 11 kills for Susquehannock, and Kelly Franz contributed 26 assists and 16 digs. Susquehannock took the JV match, 25-16, 25-21.

York Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At York Catholic, Natalie Stewart led the Irish with three kills, 20 assists and six aces. Stewart’s teammates, Maggie Allen and Maddie Daugherty, combined for 13 kills as York Catholic won, 25-7, 25-2, 25-17. York Catholic captured the JV match, 25-7, 25-13.

Dallastown 3, New Oxford 1: at New Oxford, Toni Cappas pounded 18 kills and Megan Clinton delivered 32 assists to key the Wildcats’ 25-20, 25-20, 17-25, 25-18 victory. Tessa Myers led Dallastown with four kills and four blocks. Wren Barry had 23 assists for New Oxford. Brooke Krebs racked up 11 kills for the Colonials. Dallastown defeated New Oxford in the JV match, 2-1.

Littlestown, 3, Christian School of York 2: At Christian School of York, Isabella Lenzini and Vickie Skillman teamed for 24 Littlestown kills, and Emily Staub supplied 27 assists as the Thunderbolts outlasted the Crusaders, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-13.

Bermudian Springs-Hanover suspended: At Hanover, the match was suspended in the fourth game when the ceiling’s heating ventilation system was damaged by a ball, leading to a potentially dangerous situation. It will be completed at a later date.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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