With the exception of a minor hiccup in the second set, Lancaster Mennonite steamrolled their way to their first District 3 Class AA title game in four years after downing Schuylkill Valley, 3-1.
Lancaster Mennonite Erik Peachey refused to let the Blazers get down on themselves after losing game two of the District 3-AA semifinals at Central York. They had let Schuylkill Valley take a substantial lead at the beginning of the second game, then fought back and cut the deficit before eventually falling 25-23, to even the series at 1-1.
Peachey, one of eight seniors on the Blazers roster, was a great motivator, said senior Zack Alderman, who had 19 digs for the Blazers and the final kill of the game.
“He said, ‘forget that game, come out swinging,'” Alderman said. “He told us to put that game behind us, play like it’s the first game when we won, keep up that energy, focus on every little thing you do, and don’t give up until you hear the whistle.”
The Blazers came out to take the third game 25-17 and the fourth game 25-18. After Alderman got the final kill, he was hit with the realization: “we’re going to district finals, and we put in all this work over the season and it paid off.”
Lancaster Mennonite last made it to the district finals in 2011 and took a loss to Northeastern. They’ll face Northeastern again this year after the Bobcats defeated Cocalico in the second semifinal of the night.
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