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Trojans sink Central Dauphin

September 09, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg volleyball team picked up its first win of the season Thursday night, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone on the team - player or coach - who was satisfied.

"It's early, but we are still very inconsistent - too inconsistent," Trojans coach Ty Frelin said. "We lacked concentration. With the experience we have on this team, we shouldn't be making as many errors."

Despite a flawed performance, Chambersburg still managed to defeat Central Dauphin 25-11, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14 in Mid-Penn Commmonwealth action.

"We didn't seem to be in it mentally," junior setter Jess Leedy said. "We were a little hesitant on the attack. I think we're still getting used to playing with each other."

The Trojans (1-1, 1-1) weren't so hesitant early as they opened with a quick 6-0 lead behind Leedy's serve, which included two aces. Leedy finished the first game with three aces and nine assists, while outside hitter Miranda Wenger had three kills as Central Dauphin never closed to within four points.

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The Rams won the second game and were battling in the third when Taryn Hassinger left the match with an injury. Hassinger, Central Dauphin's best offensive weapon, tore the ACL in her knee last basketball season and appeared to aggravate the same knee.

"She's probably our toughest player," Rams coach Bob Creason said. "She was Mid-Penn first team last year and if she's out for a while, we're going to have to figure something out."

With Central Dauphin missing its biggest attack threat, Chambersburg scored six of the next eight points before closing out the third game.

The Trojans cut down on their errors in the fourth and final game and appeared to be back on track. Four players - two of whom had just helped Chambersburg's JV team notch a 25-7, 25-17 win - racked up six aces.

"I wasn't happy with a lot that we did, but I was impressed with how the young girls played," Frelin said. "It's good to know you have a good core of young players that can step in and produce."

Leedy had 36 assists and five aces, while Wenger had a team-high 12 kills and three blocks.

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