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VanBrakle leads No. 1 Chambersburg volleyball

October 26, 2000

VanBrakle leads No. 1 Chambersburg volleyball



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Despite what Mechanicsburg's volleyball team may believe, there really was only one Steph VanBrakle playing for No. 1 Chambersburg on Thursday night.

The Trojans' sophomore was seemingly everywhere except the bench, and her floor leadership helped Chambersburg overcome a letdown in game 2 for a 15-7, 10-15, 15-8 victory that gave the Trojans the Mid Penn Conference's No. 1 seed heading into district play next week.

"We didn't pass real well, and (VanBrakle) made a lot out of almost nothing," Trojans coach Ty Frelin said. "She made some phenomenal sets tonight."

VanBrakle's individual performance (32 assists, six kills and eight service points) overshadowed how well she got her teammates involved. Four other Trojans finished with at least six kills - Sara Kriner (15), Lori Wilkinson (10), Lauren Kegerreis (eight) and Heather Ranck (six).

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"Sarah was putting the ball down, Lauren was putting it down, everybody was putting it down," VanBrakle said. "I felt comfortable with everybody."

Despite opening the match with an easy game 1 win and going up 8-3 in game 2, Chambersburg hit a lull, converting on only two of its next 15 serves and committing six service errors as Mechanicsburg rallied.

"We got a little lethargic and lost a little focus," Frelin said. "They need to realize you can't just show up and win, you have to play to your potential."

"We let down just a little bit," VanBrakle said. "Our passes weren't there and our serving was rough."

But the Trojans cut down on their mistakes and jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in game 3, highlighted by a four-point run where VanBrakle made three straight assists, then came up with a reverse tip over her head and between Mechanicsburg defenders.

"We didn't miss as many serves and we kept the pressure on in game 3," Frelin said.

VanBrakle ended the match in fitting fashion with an assist to Kegerreis for the match's final point.

"There's always work to be done," VanBrakle said. "We've got a lot of little things to work on."

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