With a competitive season behind them, the York Comprehensive High School volleyball team is building for future success.
Head coach Julie McGee feels good about the future of the program in always-tough Region 3-AAAA.
“Our varsity roster included a lot of young players this season,” said former Winthrop University mainstay, who played high school volleyball in Chicago. “Our JVs had a good season, and that’s another positive.”
McGee issued a special thank you to the three seniors on the team, Haley Boheler, Taylr Sharp and Carrie Lee Lancaster.
“Carrie Lee provided senior leadership and words of encouragement while on the injured list,” McGee said. “Haley and Taylr really stepped up.”
Boheler’s all-round play was vital to the team’s success, while Sharp’s aggressive play at the net also impacted the game.
Lancaster’s power shots were missed when she was out of the lineup with a knee injury.
McGee said she has been pleased with the number of participants at the middle school, junior varsity and varsity level.
“We have kids who will be playing club volleyball,” said McGee. “ It will be another active offseason for team members, especially with the summer participation.”
The Lady Cougars finished the season with a loss to Clover in a best-of-five series, 25-10, 25-11 and 25-21. The rivals split for the season, with the Lady Cougars winning at York.
Clover was dominant in the first game, with two kills by Boheler keeping the YCHS girls within striking distance.
The Lady Blue Eagles pulled away later in game to seal the win before their home fans.
York kept things close in the early stages of the second game, thanks to a serving ace by Madeline Davis and Chelsea Love’s kill on a set-up by freshman Chloe Carroll.
But the Lady Blue Eagles were able to seal the win.
Enthusiastic fans got their money’s worth in game three, which was closely-contested from start to finish.
A score and a kill by Love kept things close in the early going. Later, a kill by York’s Makoya Jones pulled the Lady Cougars to within two points.
Sharp added another kill midway through the game. Love continued her torrid pace with two kills as the YCHS girls trailed 20-16.
With Bohler’s crisp serving and gritty play by her teammates down the stretch, the Lady Cougars sliced Clover’s lead to two points at 23-21.
But the Lady Blue Eagles held on for a narrow win.