Down 11-5 in the fifth and deciding game of its District 3 Class AA first round game against Kennard-Dale, the York Suburban boys' volleyball coaching staff didn't join the team huddle during a timeout.

Instead, they sat back and watched as the team's lone senior Brad Hartshorne took charge of the huddle.

"It was just something simple. Just to make sure we knew what we were running," Hartshorne said. "I didn't want my senior season to end."

Point by point, the Trojans inched closer to the Rams' lead.

A Liam Ridings ace tied the game at 13-all, but the Rams then responded to go up 14-13.

A Rams kill attempt went long tying the game again.

The game and match ended when Kennard-Dale's Nathan Ellis, who dropped kill-after-kill during each game, couldn't get one last kill to fall in play, giving the Trojans a thrilling 17-15 win in Game 5.

The No. 9 Trojans won the contest over the No. 8 Rams at Dallastown High School, 25-22, 17-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15.

"We've been fighting all year with our experience level. We have so many inexperienced players and we said from Day 1 that this season was going to be that journey. Each step had to get better and better and they had to gain that experience and we said before this match that it was going to be tough to beat them for a third time," Trojans head coach Jamie Evans said.


Suburban advances to play top-seeded Northeastern at Dallastown High School on Monday at 7 p.m.

Suburban was down two games to one, before an impressive 25-18 win in Game 4 forced the decisive Game 5.

"Last season Jake Kauffman and myself were sort of the unsung heroes," said Hartshorne of the team that won districts last year. "It helped mature us and get us ready for this year. It gave us patience and taught us how to win."

In the final game, the Rams scored the first point -- which they did in every game on Thursday. The Rams led 7-3 and then 11-5 before the Trojans put together a major comeback.

"I never think it's over until I see 25 or 15 on our side," Rams head coach Jim Keirn said. "We kind of fell apart a little bit there and they got the momentum and went with it."

It was a bittersweet ending for four Rams seniors, who helped their team reach new heights this season by making the county and district tournament for the first time.

"We got into our own heads I think. We released the gas pedal and what we needed to do was to keep pushing. I wouldn't have changed anything about what we did," Rams senior Dylan Tessier said.

Tessier and Ellis will continue to play at the collegiate level.

"We played as a team always," Tessier said. "This program has done a lot for me. We're really going to miss it here."

Hartshorne paced the Trojans with five kills, six blocks, eight digs and an ace. Kauffman supplied 23 kills, 18 digs and a block. Lars Dalemar handed out 29 assists to go with 14 digs, six blocks, three kills and three aces.