Northeastern s Malik Jefferson, right, leaps high over Dallastown s Chadd Jones in Tuesday s volleyball duel.
Northeastern s Malik Jefferson, right, leaps high over Dallastown s Chadd Jones in Tuesday s volleyball duel. (Bil Bowden photo)

MANCHESTER -- There probably isn't an ideal time to play the Northeastern boys' volleyball team.

But if there were, it most certainly wouldn't have been Tuesday night.

Coming off a disappointing loss last Friday to Pennsbury, the state's No. 1-ranked Class AA team (according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association) was eager to get back on the winning track against York-Adams rival Dallastown.

Just more than a week after becoming the first team to win a set against the Bobcats, the Wildcats knew they had a bull's-eye on their back. Add in the loss to Pennsbury, a traditional Class AAA power, and the Bobcats were on a mission.

From left, Northeastern s Luke and Stephen Braswell try to block a shot in Tuesday s victory over Dallastown.
From left, Northeastern s Luke and Stephen Braswell try to block a shot in Tuesday s victory over Dallastown. (Bil Bowden photo)

"It was an organized beating," Dallastown coach Gabe Bishard said moments after his team was trounced 25-12, 25-10, 25-10 by Northeastern. "We couldn't do anything tonight. They stepped up and put us in our place for now. So that was pretty impressive."

The Bobcats utilized their full complement of four outstanding attackers (Malik Jefferson, Matt Hollinger, Stephen Braswell and Reese Devilbiss), combined with a potent service game to storm out to big leads in all three games.

"Malik was on fire all the time," said Northeastern setter Luke Braswell. "And when he's on fire, he's hard to stop."

Jefferson missed his first kill attempt of the night, but responded with numerous big points. He tallied six kills for the contest.

Stephen Braswell paced the offense with a game-high 14 kills, while Devilbiss finished with eight kills.

"We have two really good outsides (Stephen Braswell and Devilbiss) that I love going to," Luke Braswell said.

The Bobcats' service attack put the Wildcats on their heels all night and opened up a myriad of free balls that the home team cashed in on with big kills time after time.

"Our serving is pretty decent," said Luke Braswell, who dished out 29 assists on the night. "Coach works with us a lot on that and we try to keep the pressure on (the opponent)."

While the Bobcats had few areas of trouble all night long, that didn't stop Northeastern coach Matt Wilson from chewing into his team after falling behind 2-1 in Game 3. Wilson was ticked off that his blocking -- an area he believes his team must improve upon -- took the point off, which allowed an easy kill from the Wildcats.

"Our blockers peeled off," Luke Braswell said. "And he got angry about that. He told us that we had to come out and keep the same energy, and we were kind of flat the first few points."

The point clearly sunk in. The home team scored five of the next six points.

"There was just a lack of being engaged and wanting to compete at the net every play," Wilson said. "There was a play at the net where we just sort of took the play off instead of going up there and wanting to compete. It's those little things right now that will someday come to trip us up again."

Despite the setback, Bishard was happy his team was able to get the experience of playing a big match in front of an energized crowd on the road.

"This right here ... this is why you play," he said. "This is York County volleyball."

Kyle Brignall led the Wildcats with nine kills, while setter Justin Barnett finished with 11 assists.


CENTRAL YORK 3, SPRING GROVE 0: At Central, the Panthers improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the York-Adams League with a 25-6, 25-11, 25-17 triumph. Alex Klunk (11 kills), Dylan Hose (36 assists, five digs, four aces, four kills) and Royce Clemens (eight digs, six kills) led the Panthers. Austin Muff (12 assists), Dalton Forbes (five kills, five digs) and Derek Carlisle (six digs) excelled for Spring Grove. Central won the JV match, 25-7, 25-17.

DOVER 3, NEW OXFORD 0: At New Oxford, the Eagles rolled, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23. Chipper Lindeman (21 assists) and Brendan Warren (12 kills) led Dover. New Oxford was paced by Tyler Steckbeck (10 digs, five blocks) and Zack McMaster (eight digs). New Oxford won the JV match, 27-25, 9-25, 15-13.

KENNARD-DALE 3, RED LION 2: At Red Lion, the Rams trailed 2-0 after the first two games, but rallied to win the next three in a 24-26, 20-25, 25-20, 30-28, 15-10 victory. Nathan Ellis led the Rams with 27 kills, 14 digs and six blocks. Jordan Sommer (seven kills, 15 digs), Vince Failla (10 kills, 11 digs) and Josiah McConville (39 assists, 18 digs) also excelled for K-D. For the Lions, Jared Warner had 12 kills, six digs and six blocks, while Jake Frey had 15 kills and 11 digs and Alec Chronister had eight kills, eight digs and five blocks. Red Lion won the JV match, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9.

-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis