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No. 4 Trojans rally to turn away No. 3 Devils

October 04, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No. 4 Chambersburg inserted a new formation into its lineup Monday night against visiting Greencastle-Antrim.

It took some getting used to, but the Trojans settled down to notch a 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-17 win over the No. 3 Blue Devils in a Mid-Penn nondivision volleyball match.

The Trojans (8-3) followed the path of several other Pennsylvania teams by incorporating the libero position - a back row defensive specialist that is allowed unlimited substitutions, but cannot play an attacking role in the offense. Alyson Kohler manned the position.

"We wanted to get better defensively," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "By using the libero we can keep Alyson on the court and work some of the other girls in more. It gives us a few more options."

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Kohler seemed to settle in quite nicely as she rebuffed several attacks by Greencastle (9-2) and finished with a team-high 18 digs.

After a rocky first game, the Trojans' hitters also appeared to benefit from the formation. Miranda Wenger (19), Hilary Addleman (11) and Sam Bradley (10) combined for 40 kills.

"With the new lineup, we started out playing kind of confused," said Wenger. "Once we got used to it, we started clicking."

The adjustment was rough for Chambersburg, which committed eight errors in the first game. The Trojans' confusion helped Greencastle serve five aces.

It appeared the inconsistencies would carry over, as the Blue Devils took advantage of similar mistakes to forge a 12-7 lead in the second game. But this time, Chambersburg bore down and reeled off 14 of the next 17 points before closing out the game to even the match.

"I thought winning the first game would get our girls to come out more invigorated," said Greencastle coach Vicki Ritchey. "We gave up the lead in the second game, but kind of brought it back in the end, so I still thought we had a little momentum."

Any momentum the Blue Devils had left was gone by the end of the third game. Greencastle watched a 4-0 lead quickly evaporate by surrendering three separate runs of at least five points.

Chambersburg used a 10-point rally in the fourth game behind the serving of Katie Frelin to close out the match.

"We gave up too many points on too many mistakes," said Ritchey. "It seems like every mistake (Chambersburg) made, we came back and made three. ... No one expects us to come up and beat a big team like Chambersburg ... and we played like a team that's not supposed to."

Jess Leedy had 36 assists, while Bradley had five blocks for the Trojans. Hilary Addleman - using her devastating jump serve - had five aces.

Jade Dunhour had 13 assists and seven digs, while Kortney Eshleman had 10 kills, five blocks and six digs for Greencastle.

JV: Chambersburg, 2-0.

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