For the second straight year, Spring Grove and Dover will meet for a fourth time in a girls' volleyball season.

The Rockets and Eagles took care of their respective business during Thursday's District 3 Class AAA quarterfinal round at Northern York High School, setting up a semifinal showdown Saturday.

Spring Grove swept Exeter, 25-19, 25-10, 25-23, and Dover beat Manheim Township, 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21.

"We're going to be a little bit more refined," Rockets head coach Dawn Myers said of facing Dover again. "We're going to have a couple more options ready. It's up to the girls. They have to have energy, move on their feet and be positive. We need to be aggressive as a team."

Spring Grove and Dover play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dallastown High School. Hempfield and Penn Manor square off in the other semifinal, with the finals to follow at 4:30.

The most defining moment of Thursday's win for the Rockets was their Game 2 victory. Spring Grove raced out to an 8-1 lead, forcing Exeter to take a timeout.

Following the brief break, things didn't get much better for the Eagles, as they fell by 15 points in the game.

"We just talked more. Game 2 was just really fun to watch," Myers said.

The Rockets received big games from Karli Mummert (15 kills, two blocks and one dig), Brandi Kinard (27 assists, one kill, seven digs and one ace) and Allie Garrett (11 digs, six kills, four aces).


"Those three really had awesome nights," Myers said.

A Garrett ace made it a seven-point lead at 14-7 in Game 1 for the Rockets, who had to hold off a furious Eagles comeback to win the game, 25-19.

"We knew it was time to give it our all," Garrett said of playing in the postseason. "We have a lot of seniors, and we want to do well."

Exeter, who started three seniors and three freshmen, didn't go down without a fight. The Eagles traded points with the Rockets in the third game, forcing 10 ties, before falling 25-23 to end the match.

In the night's opener, Dover used a run of successful serves by star senior Sammie Strausbaugh to put some distance between themselves and the Blue Streaks in Game 1. Dover won the game, 25-18.

Strausbaugh finished the match with 35 kills, 12 assists, one block, five digs and five aces. Bayleigh Hoffman contributed 11 kills, 29 assists and three blocks.

"We were trying to take away her line shots and make her hit cross-court," Manheim Township head coach Jill Tankesley said of trying to contain Strausbaugh.

Hoffman had to contend with Township's tallest player, Devon Schneider, who caused some problems for Dover.

"Bayleigh came through in the end when we really needed the kills," Dover co-head coach Bobbie Strausbaugh said.

Schneider, who finished with 20 kills and four blocks, helped force a fourth game for the Blue Streaks.

"She was cutting different angles with her hits," Bobbie Strausbaugh said of Schneider. "She was very good at changing up her hits."

After dropping Game 3, the teams were in another back-and-forth contest in Game 4 until the Eagles turned a 20-18 lead into a 25-21 win to set up the rematch of the YAIAA tournament championship.

"It's the next step in the process, and you have to make it happen," Bobbie Strausbaugh said. "The reality is that either of us can win on any given night. It's about whoever brings it that night."