If only it could have gone on forever.
But for the Pennridge boys volleyball team, the dream season came to a close.
Pennridge was defeated, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) by Central Dauphin in Saturday’s quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 3A boys volleyball tournament, held at Schuylkill Valley High School.
“That was definitely the best team we played all year,” senior captain Ryan Benscoter said. “We knew coming in that they were well-coached. I know Josh (Brenneman, the Central Dauphin coach), I play with him in club, I know how he coaches his team. That was a very, very well-coached team and they just executed.
“Of course, this is a tough end to the season. We were a Cinderella story, and we wanted it to go on as long as humanly possible. We knew it was a tough match, it’s not like we weren’t prepared for this, but it’s still a tough way to go. Credit to them. They played a great game.”
Central Dauphin dominated the first game, leading from start to finish, but by the second game, Pennridge had regrouped and taken a small lead several times. It was too difficult to pull away from Central Dauphin. CD, the District Three third-place team, kept closing the gaps and pulling ahead. Neither team had a big scoring run all day but CD was able to get bursts of three or four consecutive points, which Pennridge couldn’t match.
“They came out and slapped us across the face in the first game and we knew it, and there was nothing we could do about it,” Benscoter said. “But we tried to play our own game for the next two sets and this is how it ended up.
“This was still a fantastic run for us. I had the most fun I ever had playing volleyball here with these guys. I really enjoyed this season and I think we’re leaving the team in a good place. I just want them to have fun. This whole run was about having a good time this season and I think they have a really good chance to be successful next year and get another ride like this.”