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Trojans get tip, advance

November 11, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg volleyball team decided to abandon its version of powerball Thursday during preliminary pool play at the Class AAA state tournament.

The change in tactics allowed the Trojans to hit the jackpot.

Chambersburg steadied itself behind a fantastic net game from Lauren Kegerreis in its second match, and the Trojans advanced to the quarterfinal round today at Heiges Field House on the campus of Shippensburg University.

"It's the first win in the history of the program at states," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said after the team's 15-6, 15-11 victory over Towanda. "They are real proud of that."

The Trojans were reeling after a 15-2, 15-4 loss to Mt. Lebanon in its first match and the Knights had taken a 5-4 lead in game 2 of their afternoon match.

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That's when Kegerreis and company took a little off its spikes and yanked the District 4 champions along on a string. The junior had three straight kills on tip plays to push the Trojans to a 7-5 lead. After Towanda rallied to tie it at 11-11, Kegerreis pulled the trick again for a 12-11 margin that was the beginning of the end.

"It's what we had to do. They were digging up all the hard stuff," Kegerreis said. "But they left some spots open, and we kinda switched it up."

It was the first time the Trojans finally relaxed on a day that turned out to be more nerve-wracking than they expected.

"We knew there were going to be a lot of people. But you don't realize how many until you come in and the entire stands are full," Kegerreis said. It took a while to get used to that."

Chambersburg then routed Carrick (District 8) 15-9, 15-4 to move into the round of eight. Kegerreis had 24 kills in three matches - 13 against Towanda - and 21 blocks. Senior Beckie Bricker added 14 kills and 16 blocks.

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