Unlike the first semifinal between Payton and Young, Wednesday's second Public League semifinal included one blue-blood program, Lane, and this season's upstart team, Von Steuben.
It was Lane that punched its ticket to its first Public League final since 2005 with a 25-17, 25-21 win.
"I've been on varsity for three years and it's so awesome to finally get to the finals,'' said Zakir Pasha. "Most of the guys on this team have been on the team since sophomore year and it just shows that we can do it and break through.''
The Panthers, who were the season's surprise team, only losing to Payton and Lane, were looking to advance to their first city final since 1999, when won the title.
Von Steuben (20-10) used the home-crowd advantage in rushing out to a 6-2 lead, but the Indians fought back until they tied the set at 10-10 on a kill by Gerard Puczek.
Then Sean Brzoska and Pasha took over. The seniors combined to score the next six Lane points, with Brzoska's four kills followed by Pasha's two. The two combined for 15 kills in the set, Brzoska with eight and Pasha seven.
Alec Krilis had five kills in the second set, including three in a row in the midst of a 5-0 run that gave Lane (13-1) a 12-6 lead. Puczek had the other two kills in the run.
"Our passing was awesome toay,'' said Pasha. "When our passing is as good as it was today, it's so easy for our middles to get involved. If they keep playing like that, we can be very dangerous.''
Down 18-12, Von Steuben cut the lead to 22-20, but Lane scored three of the last four points.
Brzoska finished with 10 kills, while Pasha had eight and three aces and Puczek seven kills. James Price had nine kills for Von Steuben.