RED LION — Chambersburg’s boys volleyball season came down to the wire in a District 3 Class 3A consolation semifinal match Wednesday night, but Hempfield was able to hold onto its lead.
It took five games, but the Black Knights prevailed over the Trojans 15-9 in the final game to win the match, 3-2.
“We played hard and we did a good job challenging them,” Chambersburg coach Marta Helfrick said, “but we just didn’t come out on top. During the important times of the match, they were just a little more consistent.”
The Trojans won Game 1 25-22, then fell behind with 25-22 and 25-20 defeats, but came back to tie the match with a 25-23 verdict in Game 4.
Helfrick said, “A much better team showed up for us today. Ideally, the goal was to win the match, but we at least wanted to play better than we did Monday.
“We just made too many errors down the road. In the fifth game, it was tied 6-6, then we made a couple of hitting errors and they went ahead 9-6 and we never got within three again. I think we got a little tired. We weren’t jumping as high or moving as well as we were earlier.”
The Chambersburg stats were spread out. Trey Stepler led in kill assists with 27 and in service points with 23. Wesley Newman had 32 digs and an ace.
Josiah Picard had 19 kills, three assists, an ace and 25 digs, while Steven Swain picked up 17 kills and three blocks.
In addition, Jaylen Thomas had three block kills and seven blocks, Will Simmers had a pair of block kills, Spencer Rajtik had 26 assists and Colton Wright contributed 18 points.
Helfrick said, “We met some of our goals this year and fell short on some. But all of our losses were to really good teams (3 to Cumberland Valley, 2 to State College and 1 each to Hempfield ant Central York) — all of them are already in states or still alive for states.”