3rd-game letdown sinks Trojan volleyball team in playoffs

HANOVER — Tied 1-1 after two games in a District 3 Class 4A girls volleyball first-round match Saturday afternoon, Chambersburg appeared to be in good shape against South Western on the Mustangs’ home court.

Willa Moats

Willa Moats

But the third game was a 25-5 drubbing by South Western and the Mustangs also took game 4, 25-14, to collect a 3-1 victory.

“In that third game, we just didn’t pass well at all,” Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. “Our middles played well all match, but after the second game we couldn’t seem to get them the ball.”

No. 4 seed South Western (15-2) will play No. 5 Central Dauphin (13-3) in a quarterfinal match Tuesday.

The Mustangs won the opening game 25-20, then the Trojans racked up a 25-20 win in Game 2.

Frelin said, “We started out a little slow in the first, but played better toward the end. We picked up our play and carried it over into the second game. We were making good passes and playing very well at the net.”

Marlee Wrights ended up with 8 kills, Rachael Meyers had 7 and Robyn Stepler had 6, while Meyers (3) and Wrights (2) led in blocks.

Marlee Wrights

Marlee Wrights

“We were only down maybe 18-14 or so in the last game,” Frelin said, “but they got three or four in a row and it was too much to come back from. We played hard, but South Western is a solid, well-schooled team.”

Stepler added a team-high 7 service points and 17 assists, plus made 6 digs. Willa Moats had 6 points and 11 assists, Isabella Fidler dug up 9 balls and Taylor Myers had 7 digs.

Chambersburg finished the season with a 12-7 record.

Frelin said, “Those seven losses all came to teams in the top six in the district (two to CD, two to Cumberland Valley, and South Western) or State College (two, which won the Mid Penn Commonwealth), so we’re right there.”

Waynesboro 3, Ephrata 1: The Maidens earned a victory over the Mountaineers in a District 3 Class 4A first-round match Saturday.

No. 8 seed Waynesboro (14-5) topped No. 9 Ephrata (13-5) by games of 25-19, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-20.

The Maidens will face No. 1 seed Central York (13-1) in a quarterfinal match Thursday at 7:30 at Central York.