LINGLESTOWN — Central Dauphin took early leads in all three games and used that advantage to defeat Chambersburg and knock the Trojans out of the playoffs Monday night.
The Rams (17-1), the No. 1 seed, defeated Chambersburg 3-0 for the third time this year, this time taking wins of 28-26, 25-17 and 25-17 in a District 3 Class 3A boys volleyball match.
The Trojans finish with a 13-8 record, with all eight losses coming to teams still alive in the playoffs. CD will take on Hempfield in a semifinal on Wednesday.
“We started each set down 5-6 points,” Chambersburg coach Marta Helfrick said. “The guys worked hard to get back to even, but some inconsistencies held us back. CD did a good job of keeping the pressure on us and at times we struggled to push through.
“They have good outside hitters and opposites and they got the ball to them and they did their jobs. Our middle is our strength and we couldn’t get them quite as involved. They have a lot of firepower.”
Riley Laite (8), Kyle Ganoe (7) and Luke Pogue (6) led the Trojans in kills, while Cole Myers set them up with 25 assists. At the net, Camden Etter led with five blocks and Ganoe had four.
Wyatt McMullen led Chambersburg with 16 service points, followed by Jackson Stahl with 11 and Myers with eight, while Laite had the only ace. On defense, Stahl came up with 11 digs, McMullen had eight and Ganoe made five.
Helfrick said, “Ultimately, we had a good season, even if we had a lack of depth. The guys were willing to put forth everything for the team, and even though we lost tonight, we had a lot of bright spots.
“I’m proud of the team’s success with all of the abnormalities this year. I’ve seen so much growth in all the individuals and the team, so it was great season considering where we started from in March.”