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Trojans less sluggish than Blue Devils

October 14, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Outside hitter Ashlyn Rebok led all players with 16 kills -- 11 in the final two games -- and No. 2 Chambersburg defeated No. 4 Greencastle-Antrim 25-27, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 on Monday in a battle between the top teams in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth and Mid-Penn Capital divisions.

"Ashlyn's such a solid all-around player," Trojans coach Ty Frelin said. "When her timing continues to roll, she can rip one ball after another. Her understanding of the game helps us."

Neither team was at its best -- Both Chambersburg (15-1) and Greencastle (14-2) were worn out after each team played three matches and the Cumberland Valley Tournament last week -- and it showed in the errors count, with the Trojans committing 47 and the Blue Devils 44.

"We're a little sluggish," Frelin said. "We had a long week last week ... and they have tired legs."

Greencastle managed to pull out Game 1 behind six aces -- five by Megan George -- and 15 Chambersburg errors. George added three kills and Erin Garns had six of her 23 assists in the game for the Blue Devils.

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Chambersburg edged Greencastle in Game 2, as the Blue Devils committed 15 errors and the Trojans 13. Chambersburg got its block going -- the Trojans had six of their 14 blocks in Game 2, most coming on solid double-blocks -- and that would continue to stymie the Blue Devils the rest of the match.

"I thought we blocked well tonight," Frelin said. "I don't think Greencastle has seen a block like that, and that's funny because it's unusual for us to block like that."

"They threw a block up and we never got used to it," Greencastle coach Corry Eagler said. "Instead of hitting over it or around it, we were hitting right into it. We had error after error."

Despite 13 errors in Game 3, Chambersburg finally got its offense rolling -- with Rebok's seven kills providing the spark. Lexi Arnold added four kills and Olivia Kohler and Sarah Hurley each had five assists.

Rebok had four more kills in Game 4, and the Trojans cleaned up their game with only six errors as they pulled away. Greencastle's top attacker, Kelsey Gearhart, finally got going with five of her seven kills in the match coming in Game 4, but it was too late.

"No one got enough kills to be a leader or provide a spark," Eagler said. "If (Gearhart) would have done it a little earlier, maybe. Her favorite shots just weren't open, and she had to adjust and it took her a while."

Arnold finished with nine kills, Kohler had 18 assists and Hurley had nine assists for Chambersburg. George had seven kills, seven aces and 12 digs and Gearhart added 12 digs for Greencastle.

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