This year’s Crossroads Conference (CRC) Volleyball Tournament final lived up to its billing, as heavyweights Bruning-Davenport/Shickley and Giltner slugged it out for five rounds Thursday night at the York City Auditorium.
The 24-1 Hornets dominated the first two rounds before the 23-3 Eagles got off the canvas and stormed back with a flurry and sent the match to a fifth set. Class D-2 No. 2 Giltner righted itself late and prevailed in the final stanza 15-12 to earn the hard-fought win. The Hornets rolled to victories in the first two sets (25-17, 25-16) before the Class D-1 No. 2
Eagles roared back to take the next two stanzas (25-20, 25-22).
“We had a hard time getting going for some reason,” BDS coach Dan Sorge said. “I was very proud of our team’s character tonight after being down 2-0 to force a fifth set.”
Behind solid hitting efforts from Christy Swartzendruber (16 kills), Matyson Kleinschmidt (11) and McKenna Schardt (10) and a strong deep-court serving attack, the Eagles stormed back in York to force the decisive set, which started in Giltner’s favor.
“A crucial no-call on a touch at the net and some unforced ball-handling mistakes put us in a hole,” Sorge said. “We regained our composure, but came up just a little bit short.”
Jaycie Hoins posted 19 ace sets in the final and Kleinschmidt tallied 16.
BDS advanced to this year’s final by defeating Exeter-Milligan 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18 in the semi-finals and Cross County 25-11, 25-13, 25-12 in opening-round play.