Maidens upset Trojans

October 16, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Coming into Tuesday night's volleyball match, Chambersburg (No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) had won eight of its last nine games, including a three-set victory against state-ranked Carlisle. Meanwhile, Waynesboro had lost three of its last four and was struggling to stay alive for a spot in the Mid-Penn Conference playoffs.

An easy win for the Trojans? Think again.

Though far from spectacular, Waynesboro put together a consistent effort both offensively and defensively, capitalizing on mistakes and coming up with the three biggest points of the match as the Maidens stunned the Chambersburg 15-12, 13-15, 15-13 for their first win in the series in three years.

"(We) played consistent and smooth ball tonight," Waynesboro coach Sonnia Oberholzer said. "We've been practicing for that, but we've never put it all together before tonight."


"It was a must-win for them," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "They lose another game and they're out of the Mid-Penn playoffs. We clinched against Big Spring (last Thursday), and that was the difference, they were playing to stay alive."

Without anything except bragging rights to play for, Chambersburg (10-4, 7-4 Colonial) was inconsistent all night. Marta Hodge (21 assists) and Heather Ranck (17 kills, two blocks) were effective, but no other Trojan had more than three kills as the offense failed to click most of the night.

The Maidens took advantage of 13 errors or misplays by Chambersburg into a 15-12 win in Game 1.

"We had a few mental lapses that hurt us," Frelin said. "You've got to shorten the game and play each point hard ... and that's the point I'm trying to work on with these girls."

The Trojans grinded out a 15-13 win in Game 2, taking a 9-4 lead and watching the Maidens (9-7, 5-6) come back to take an 11-10 lead before Chambersburg regained control.

Chambersburg took a 6-3 lead in Game 3 before Waynesboro rallied for an 11-7 lead of its own behind Savanah Wetzel's five straight service points. The Trojans came back to take a 13-12 lead, but Karey Toms served three straight points to put the finishing touches on the upset.

"We were pumped up all week to play Chambersburg, they're one of our biggest rivals and the best team we play," Toms said. "We wanted to beat them, and we knew this was the year to beat them."

Wetzel (23 assists), Toms (nine kills) and McLaughlin (seven kills) led the Maidens' attack.

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