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No. 1 Trojans sweep No. 6 Blue Devils

October 05, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - For No. 6 Greencastle to have any shot at dethroning No. 1 Chambersburg, it had to play mistake-free volleyball.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils (9-4), the mistakes were plenty and the Trojans (10-1) simply were the better team, posting a 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 sweep in a Mid-Penn nondivision matchup.

"We were flat, we weren't focused and it really showed tonight," said Blue Devils coach Vicki Ritchey. "When you make as many errors as we did, you can't expect to win, especially against a good team like Chambersburg."

The Trojans made the most of the miscues and trailed only once in the match - in the first minute of the first game.

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"We really are striving to shorten games and try to play five-point games," said Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin. "I think we did a good job of playing our type of game and got (Greencastle) in a hole."

After holding off a late Blue Devils run in the first game, Chambersburg took comanding control to start the second game. The Trojans opened with seven straight points on the serve of Heather Hammond, knocking the wind out of any Greencastle hope to even the match.

"We pretty much gave them a lot of their points and put ourselves behind," Ritchey said. "When we needed the defense to come up with something big, it usually resulted in an error."

At some points in the game, it appeared that the Trojans knew what the Greencastle defenders were thinking.

Senior setter Marta Hodge - playing with torn cartilage in her shoulder - stymied the Greencastle defenders with several fakes to catch them off guard. On consecutive points in the second game, Hodge faked setups for kill attempts before lightly tapping the ball between the misplaced defenders.

"There's no doubt Marta is our leader out there on the court," Frelin said. "This is her fourth year, so she is the one who takes control and the other players kind of feed off her."

With a 2-0 lead, Chambersburg was a mirror image of itself in the third game, again getting an early lead and riding it out.

"Coming in we knew we were bigger and stronger, so we kind of expected this," Frelin said. "They are a good team in (Class) AA, but I think we just have more talent."

"I don't think we got a true test of how we could do against a team as good as Chambersburg because this is the least focused the team has been this year," Ritchey said. "If we cut out some of the dumb mistakes I think it would be a completely different game."

JV: Greencastle, 2-0.

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