With its District 3 volleyball seeding on the line, York Catholic finished a perfect week by beating Hanover, 25-15, 25-15, 25-12 Thursday at Hanover High School.

About a week ago, the Fighting Irish were sitting in 10th place, but won their last four matches and assured themselves of a spot in the district playoffs.

Brittany Hicks and Basia Kossecka controlled things up front for York Catholic and found open spots all night in the Hawkette lineup.

Kossecka, who stands six feet tall, was a big hitter and played solid on defense.

She had nine kills and three blocks.

"Hitting and blocking is Basia's forté," York Catholic coach Jeff Floyd said. "If you can block the ball, you don't have to do anything else. The second half of the season, she stepped up her blocking."

After keeping things close in the first game, York Catholic ran away and held as much as a 10-point lead in the game.

The second and third games weren't not as close as the Fighting Irish (8-6, 6-6 YAIAA II) went on big runs to essentially take the Hawkettes (4-10, 3-9) out of the competition.

With its regular season over, Hanover will look to the district playoffs.

And the team that played in the regular season may not be the team that is in the district tournament.

"Obviously we need to make some big changes before we go into districts," Hanover coach Reagan Bitler said. "We come into practice Monday. They need to be ready to expect some drastic changes.



Since the Hawkettes aren't going to the YAIAA tournament, they will have a full two weeks to make the changes.

Those changes could include a lineup change, position changes or some of the current players will not accompany the team to districts.

The team also will take a trip to see a college match before districts.

"We have some athletes. We have some great volleyball players," Bitler said. "But finding some combination that hasn't worked up to this point is what we need to work."

The loss came on Senior Night for the Hawkettes. MeRyong Shin, Chanda Myers, Mikaela Bell, Allison Frederick and Katelyn Dubs all played their final home games for Hanover.

"We came out pretty excited," Bell said. "We really wanted this game and I don't think we gave it our all. It's upsetting. We'll just have to do better at districts."

Bell finished with six digs and nine assists. Dubs added 11 digs for the Hawkettes.

Contact Dan Graybill at dgraybill@eveningsun.com.