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Trojans - there's no 'I' but lots of stars

October 05, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

On one hand, one might say No. 1 Chambersburg is a team without superstars.

On the other hand, one might say all six starters are superstars.

Either way, the Trojans are right where they usually are - tied for the Mid-Penn Commonwealth lead and rolling along at 10-1.

"I tell people we have girls that are good, but we don't have that stud to go to all the time," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "These girls play the game the way it's supposed to be played. Our two setters, Ashlyn (Rebok) and Katie (Frelin) do a good job managing the game and getting everyone involved. Everyone on the court can do anything at any time."

Experience makes all the difference for Chambersburg, which went 14-5 in 2006. This year's starting lineup is entirely seniors and juniors, and they all played significant minutes last season.

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"They've been together for several years," Frelin said. "The juniors starting now came up and played as sophomores. They've had a lot of court time together and that's what makes it nice."

Rebok and Frelin combine for about eight assists a game, and they have a bevy of attackers to go to in outside hitters Justine Howe and Lexi Arnold, and middle hitters Steph Addleman and Courtney Jessell.

Everyone has a hand on the defensive end of things, as well. Addleman and Jessell have proven to be a tough blocking duo, and it's not uncommon for the other four starters to all reach double digits in digs in a match.

"That comes from playing together," Frelin said. "The right hand knows what the left hand is doing."

Chambersburg won its first nine matches before Cedar Cliff swept the Trojans on Tuesday. They needed just 24 hours to get back in the win column against overmatched Central Dauphin East on Wednesday.

"They were disappointed," Frelin said of the loss. "I wasn't sure how they would react to it. They were visually disappointed the other night, and to me that was good to see. ... We have two big weeks coming up with the (Cumberland Valley) Tournament on Saturday and then Gettysburg on Monday and Carlisle on Tuesday."

Sophomore sparks Spartans

McConnellsburg always sets its sights on the PIAA District 5-A tournament. The Spartans finished second last season and appear stronger this season - in part because of the emergence of A'leese Dickerson.

The sophomore middle hitter reached double figures in kills in each of McConnellsburg's first 10 games, helping the Spartans start the season 8-2. Dickerson averaged 4.15 kills per game.

"A'leese has some nice height and she's able to get on top of the ball and get us a kill when we need one," first-year coach Lory Baker said.

While Dickerson grabs the headlines with her hitting, the supporting cast has been steady.

"I've got seven kids and run them all, they all have a role and do their part," Baker said. "Michelle Baker is very consistent with her passing and defense. Megan Eichelberger has a lot of power when she wants to use it. Abby Cline and Ashley Peck are both consistent. ... They want to be in the gym, want to put in the extra effort. They work together well and have a lot of heart."

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