YORK — The York Comprehensive High School volleyball team continues to strive for improvement and to gain a competitive edge in always-tough Region 3-AAAA competition.
Such was the case Thursday as the Lady Cougars extended themselves to the limit in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 loss to rival Clover in Blue Eagle Country.
The Lady Cougars kept the score close in the early stages of the first set, with Taylr Sharp’s spike and Brooke Andrews’ hustle for a dig impacting the score.
With the Clover team pulling away down the stretch, Carrie Lee Lancaster’s kill brought York within seven at 21-14. But the Lady Blue Eagles extended the lead to win by 10.
With York trailing 4-1 in the second set, Lancaster went on a tear with a spike, dig and reject at the net to tie the score at 4-all.
After Clover regained the lead at 6-4, Chelsea Love’s kill made it 6-5. Moments later, it was Lancaster’s kill that sliced the lead to a single point.
After Clover expanded the lead to 11, Lancaster’s spike and Morgan Kuczler’s crowd-pleasing reject sliced the lead to seven, but Clover held on to win the second set.
After Clover built the lead to 23-9 in the third set, the Lady Cougars refused to fold.
Lancaster had two kills that sliced the lead to single digits, and suddenly, things got interesting. The YCHS girls trimmed the lead to seven, with Mahoganey Setzer providing quality serves down the stretch.
But Clover was able to quell the rally to win 25-18.
Though YCHS head coach Julie McGee was pleased with the team’s effort, she said there were too many missed opportunities in the loss to Clover. “Clover had too many point runs,” she noted.
McGee said Lancaster’s court presence has made a difference this season. “We moved Carrie Lee to a different position and she’s responded,” said the YCHS coach.
“I’ve tried to be more aggressive this year,” Lancaster said of her movement around the net. “We are playing as a team and supportive of each other.”
The Lady Cougars will travel to Lancaster Thursday for more region action, with the jayvees slated to start at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity teams at 7 p.m.