YORK - In two previous meetings the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves had not even won a set from Class D-1 No. 2 BDS, losing both times 2-0.
That all changed Tuesday night, but it still wasn’t enough to derail the top seed in the CRC Tournament.
The Timberwolves came in riding a 12-game win string but could not keep it going as the BDS Eagles advanced to the finals with a 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18 win over D-2 No. 9 Exeter-Milligan.
The first two sets were split as Christy Swartzendruber keyed the early BDS advantage with seven of her team high 16 kills in set number one.
The Eagles led 10-7, 16-12 and 21-17 to keep a four point cushion throughout the entire first set. Exeter-Milligan got within three on a couple of occasions, but the Eagles never let the lead get any lower.
In the second set, a balanced attack by the T-Wolves had them leading by as many as 9-3 early in the game and that six point cushion was still intact at 21-15.
BDS could not close the gap as Kylie Briske, Marissa Howard and Amber Pribyl came at the Eagles from all directions.
The third set was a back and forth contest as E-M led 7-5, trailed 16-15, than tied the game at 19-19.
A kill from Matyson Kleinschmidt and a net call on the T-Wolves made it 21-19.
A tip winner from Pribyl got the deficit back to one at 21-20, but a long attack pushed the lead for BDS back to two points at 22-20.
E-M got within one on a net call, but two kills from Swartzendruber over the final three points gave the Eagles a 2-1 set lead.
The Eagles appeared to be destined to run away in the fourth set as they took a 15-6 lead.
But the T-Wolves were not done and pulled back to within 16-15 with a 9-1 run sparked by several long attacks from BDS girls.
Three consecutive kills, two by Briske and one by Howard after the Eagles had opened the margin back to 20-15, made it a two point game.
BDS closed out the set with a 5-0 run to advance to Thursday night’s final at 7:30 p.m.
The T-Wolves were charted with 44 team kills led by Howard with 11 while Pribyl recorded 11 and Briske seven. They had eight ace serves with Briske’s five leading the way. The T-Wolves had three stuff blocks, two by Pribyl.
BDS was charted with 48 kills as a team and along with Swartzendruber’s 16, Kleinschmidt had 11, and both McKenna Schardt and Jill Schroeder finished with eight.
The Eagles had five aces, two each by Swartzendruber and Schroeder.
Exeter-Milligan (18-8) will play in the consolation final on Thursday at 6 p.m.