YORK - Monday night’s Crossroads Conference Volleyball Tournament semifinal card lived up to its billing at the York City Auditorium.
The Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves defeated the Giltner Hornets 3-2 and the Meridian Mustangs and the BDS Eagles were still in action as of press time with BDS on top 2-1.
The championship game is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. with the consolation on tap for 6 p.m.
Exeter-Milligan 3, Giltner 2
Two traditional CRC powers hooked up in the first of two semi-finals on Monday with the No. 10 D1 Giltner Hornets and the No. 3 D2 Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves battling for a seat in tonight’s final.
The two teams did not disappoint as the Timberwolves improved to 20-6 with the five set 16-25, 29-27, 26-28, 25-23, 15-6 win over the Hornets.
In the fifth set it was all Exeter-Milligan.
After Giltner went on top 1-0 on a Sydney Janzen ace serve, it was the Timberwolves rolling off the next four points.
After a time-out, Exeter-Milligan’s Kate Jansky served up three ace serves in a row and behind six fifth-set kills by senior Katherine White and 25 for the match, the Timberwolves never let the Hornets get started in the fifth.
Exeter-Milligan hammered 49 team kills with Jansky chipping in double digits with 18 and she also had three ace blocks. White had two ace blocks and assisted on another.
Giltner was led by 13 kills from both Brooke Good and Cassidy Tompkin.
Both teams had their share of aces as the Hornets finished with 13 and the Timberwolves 11.
Leading the Hornets at the service line was Aubrey Lichty with four, while both Hannah Preissler and Brayden Rhoades added three each.
Exeter-Milligan was paced by Jansky and Anna Sluka at four each.
The match seem to turn in favor of Exeter-Milligan in the fourth set as the Hornets led 19-16, but could not hold off the Timberwolves.
The Hornets were outscored from then until the end of the match 24-10.
The Meridian Mustangs opened the match winning the first set 25-23, but the Class D2 No. 2 Eagles prevailed in the second set 25-15.
BDS also won the third set 25-19.
The fourth set was getting underway around 9:30 p.m.
Through three sets Meridian had 24 team kills with Halle Pribyl leading the Mustangs with 13 kills, while BDS had 38 team kills with both Jadyn Kleinschmidt and Regan Alfs with 14 each.
East Butler 2, Nebraska Lutheran 0
East Butler led 7-1 in the first game and pulled away for the 25-12 win.
The second set was a lot more competitive early as the score was tied at 4-4, before the Tigers went on an 11-1 run and led by double digits.
In the win the Tigers got nine kills from 5-foot-7 senior Jadyn Robley and seven from 5-foot-8 senior Erin Barta.
Overall the Tigers hammered 25 team kills to just two for the Knights.
East Butler served up seven aces with Kailyn Hummel leading the way with three and Robley added two.
Nebraska Lutheran’s Mara Coates had two of the Knights’ three aces.
Dorchester is 11-13 following the win while the Knights are 1-24.
Dorchester 2, Osceola 0
After a first set that saw the Dorchester Longhorns dominate, then have to fight off a late Osceola charge for a 25-17 win, the second set went to the wire and beyond.
The Longhorns took charge in the first set building a 17-5 lead behind five ace serves from Lena Zahourek.
Down 22-6 the Bulldogs used an 11-3 run to close out the set.
The momentum from the strong finish carried over to the second set as Osceola led 20-17 late, but 6-foot 3 sophomore Abigail Plouzek took control with eight of her 11 kills in the second set and the Longhorns went on to the 26-24 win and 2-0 sweep.
As a team the Longhorns had 23 team kills. Zahourek had four to go with her six aces and the Bulldogs managed just nine team kills with six of those from Kamryn Hahn.
The win moved the Dorchester season record to 11-13, while the Bulldogs slipped to 6-20.