Rams play to strengths to hand Trojans a 3-0 volleyball defeat

CHAMBERSBURG — It doesn’t take much analysis to see that Central Dauphin was about nine points better than Chambersburg in girls volleyball Tuesday night.

Marlee Wrights

Marlee Wrights

The Rams handed the Trojans a 3-0 whipping, taking three straight games of 25-16, to methodically win the Mid Penn Commonwealth match at CASHS Field House.

“We weren’t at the top of our game mentally — we made so many unforced errors,” Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. “And if you’re not at the top of your game mentally against a team like that, you will struggle.”

Central Dauphin (6-2, 5-2 MPC) scored a ton of points with Allison Stubblefield serving, and many of those came with Mackenzie Maass pounding down a kill from CD’s left side.

But the Rams did just about everything well.

Frelin said, “They are solid, they are scrappy and they served well. And our serve receive let us down tonight, which meant we were never able to get into our system (on offense).”

About the only thing Chambersburg (6-3, 4-3 MPC) did consistently well was when it was able to set up middle hitters Marlee Wrights and Rachael Meyers, they were usually able to score. Wrights had nine kills and Meyers six, with Wrights hitting 56% (9-for-16).

While CD was playing well, the Trojans hurt themselves. They made eight service errors, 11 hitting errors and 10 passing errors, in addition to numerous net violations.

“We probably had more net violations tonight than we’ve had in all the rest of our matches combined,” Frelin said.

In Game 1, Chambersburg held a 7-6 lead before the Rams ran off 12 of the next 14 points, including eight straight. In Game 2, it was much the same, with a long run of points by CD erasing a 3-3 tie.

The Trojans led 6-5 in Game 3, but Central Dauphin scored multiple points in five consecutive service turns and never let Chambersburg score more than one, until it was 18-10.

Frelin said, “Tomorrow starts the second half (of the Commonwealth schedule), so we need to regroup. We’ll just have to forget this one and move forward.”

NOTES: Willa Moats had 4 points, an ace, at assists and 9 digs for Chambersburg … Robyn Stepler had 9 assists and 4 points; Raelyn Johnson contributed 9 digs and 4 kills; Taylor Myers led with 16 digs; Wrights also had 2 blocks and 4 points; and Isabella Fidler had 5 kills.