The Chambersburg girls volleyball team dropped its Mid Penn Commonwealth opener to Central Dauphin, 3-0. Watch the set-points here. Video by Lindsey Smith
Midway through the first set against Central Dauphin, it looked to be smooth sailing for the Chambersburg girls volleyball team.
The Lady Trojans were flying high on a 17-6 lead in their first Mid Penn Commonwealth challenge of the year. But the wind quickly shifted, all but halting any Chambersburg momentum and lifting the Rams to an easy 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-21, 25-6) at CASHS Field House.
Central Dauphin overcame an 11-point deficit in the first set, outscoring Chambersburg 15-5, and also claimed set 2 in come-from-behind fashion, outscoring the Trojans 7-1 to put the second set away 25-21.
"We started off slow, a little slow with the passing, but we seemed to never give up," Central Dauphin coach Josh Brenneman said. "I told the girls if you just be patient and control our side of the net we will get our runs, too. They had their runs of eight-nine points, and we had smaller spurts and we let it catch up to them."
"We jumped out in the first set and still had no enthusiasm," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "I don't know if they thought it was going to be easy after that or what, but CD always has a good solid defensive scrappy team and this year is no different. Our girls were flat. They played extremely tentative the rest of the match."
Errors plagued Chambersburg, with a total of 10 service, 15 attack and seven receive errors through three sets, with five of the team's 10 service errors occurring in the second set alone.
"At the beginning we were all hype, and because it was the first home match we were all nervous, but we tried to use that nervousness to an extent where we were excited," Haylee Holsopple said. "When we got onto the court I think all of that momentum went down to zero."
Holsopple had a hand in the Trojans' massive lead in the opening frame, leading Chambersburg (1-1, 0-1 MPC) to a nine-point run from the service line, but quickly saw her team lose momentum.
"I was frustrated but I had faith in my team that they were going to use that lead and pick it up, but it just kept slipping away. I just thought to myself, 'How?'" Holsopple said. "But the next time we get a lead with this team we will use that to win the game."
The final game of the match was no easier for Chambersburg, which committed four errors in the opening six volleys, giving Central Dauphin (1-1, 1-0 MPC) a 5-1 lead.
"We needed to come out somehow and start quickly," Spoonhour said. "We always playing catch-up, but if you come out fast on them, get a couple blocks, maybe a couple aces here and there, Chambersburg is down right now, so put some pressure on them. We played more relaxed because that was the first time we haven't played to fight for our lives. Everything was clicking."
Holsopple had eight kills, four digs and an ace. Lauren Ching had 24 assists and nine digs.
Central Dauphin's Anna Wickenheiser had nine kills and 12 digs.
Central Dauphin 3, Chambersburg 0
Set scores — 25-22, 25-21, 25-6
Central Dauphin statistics
Kills — Anna Wickenheisser 9, Natalie Hillman 9, Carson Snegocki 7; Assists — Lindsey Dunn 17, Sarah Hanks 16; Digs — Alyssa Kimmel 13, Wickenheisser 12; Blocks — Snegocki 5.
Kills — Haylee Holsopple 8, Bailee Nitterhouse 8; Assists — Lauren Ching 24; Digs — Danessa Martin 14, Nitterhouse 10; Blocks — Ashley Adams 3.