The Chambersburg girls volleyball team did not get out to the hot start it hoped for, splitting its first four matches of the season, which included two tough losses to Mid Penn Commonwealth opponents.
But Saturday, the Trojans earned a boost of confidence, claiming the Linganore (Md.) Tournament title after going undefeated in pool play, and dropping just three sets on the day.
Chambersburg earned the No. 1 seed out of pool play and took on Mt. Hebron in the tournament semifinal. The Trojans won the match 17-25, 25-22, 15-12 to make it to the final to face off against the host school, Linganore. Chambersburg claimed the tournament crown with a 25-8, 21-25, 15-10 victory over the Lancers.
"It was just a phenomenal team effort," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "We lost something from a couple weeks ago in the start of the season, and we haven't gotten it back. We had a good talk after the first match, and from there on they just played better and better.
And it showed, with a 25-8 first-set victory in the tournament final.
Chambersburg was led by Lauren Ching and Haylee Holsopple. who were both named to the all-tournament team. Ching padded the stat sheet with nine aces, 15 kills, 113 assists, five blocks and 38 digs. Holsopple had 31 kills, and also had eight blocks and two aces. Bailee Nitterhouse had 32 kills to lead the Trojan offense.
Pool play — Chambersburg 2, Walkersville 0 (25-21, 25-16), Chambersburg 2, Catoctin Md. 0 (25-22, 25-16), Chambersburg 2, Thomas Johnson (25-15, 25-9), Chambersburg 1, Gleneig 1 (21-25, 25-10). Semifinal — Chambersburg 2, Mt, Hebron 1 (17-25, 25-22, 15-12). Final — Chambersburg 3, Linganore 0 (25-8, 21-25, 15-10)
Kills — Lauren Ching 15, Erin Lightfoot 11, Haylee Holsopple 31, Bailee Nitterhouse 32 Ashley Adams 21; Digs — Ching 38, Laken Myers 21, Danessa Martin 49, Jenna Lombardozzi 45, Nitterhouse 29; Blocks — Ching 5, Myers 5, Lightfoot 5, Holsopple 8, Nitterhouse 3, Adams 8; Aces — Ching 9, Martin 3, Lombardozzi 4, Taylor Myers 4.