Blue Devils surprise Chambersburg in 3

September 12, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - In her short tenure as Greencastle-Antrim volleyball coach, Corry Eagler has gotten used to seeing her team get off to lethargic starts.

But the Blue Devils surprised Eagler on Monday night as they came out firing against Chambersburg and motored all match long to post a 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 sweep in Mid-Penn nonconference action.

Greencastle (3-0) led for most of the first game, but fell behind 23-22. The Blue Devils responded by scoring the final three points.

Katie Lutz started the late-game rally when she attacked the ball and lightly tapped it to the floor to knot the score at 23-23.


Kortney Eshelman followed with an ace - one of five in the game - and Sabrina Harbaugh ended the match on a return that the Trojans (2-1) let fall to the middle of the court.

"With a lot of our matches we're sluggish in the first game," Eagler said. "To come out and win like we did was huge because then we're not playing catch up."

Ignited by the first game, Greencastle continued to cover the court with fury in the second game. While returning most of Chambersburg's attacking opportunities, the Blue Devils began to set up their offense more as the match progressed. Sixteen of 25 points in the second game were by six different Blue Devils.

"This is a nice team," Eagler said. "I feel like I can throw anyone in there and we can do well. It's a deep team."

On the other side, personnel issues were troublesome for the Trojans, who were missing two starters - Steph Addleman and Ashlyn Rebok - due to injuries.

"We had to jumble up the lineup and put some people in positions that they weren't comfortable with," said Chambersburg assistant coach Bobby Culler, who filled in for head coach Ty Frelin.

Greencastle completed the sweep by holding off a late charge by Chambersburg in the third game. The Blue Devils scored seven of the first eight points of the game and later led 23-17, but the Trojans scored four straight points to cut the deficit to two, leading Eagler to call a timeout.

"I basically just told them that we came this far and there's no way we can let up," she said.

On the next play, Harbaugh passed to Eshelman, who set Lutz with a kill to give the Blue Devils a 24-21 edge. The game ended on an unforced error by Chambersburg, its 23rd of the game.

"It was a lack of intensity and a lack of desire," Culler said. "(Greencastle) went after it every play. They weren't satisfied with the ball hitting the ground."

Negley finished with nine kills, Julia Stein had seven and Lutz added six for the Blue Devils. Amanda Ritchey had 18 assists and Eshelman added 15.

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