York Suburban plays hardball with Chambersburg
The York Suburban girls volleyball team certainly didn't make things easy for Chambersburg in a non-league match Monday.
But when you pit two teams who are near the top of their respective classes in District 3 against each other, you should expect a dogfight. And that's exactly what you got.
York Suburban fell 3-1 to Chambersburg (25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17), but Suburban gave the Trojans a run for their money, rebounding from a six-point deficit in the third set to force an extra frame, and made fine attempts in each set to send Chambersburg off-kilter late in the frame.
"That was nice for me to see," Suburban coach Sonia Guyer said. "Historically we have always been fighters with our backs against the wall, and we've been looking for that this season. It was nice to be in the situation to be able to see your team come back from a pretty sizable deficit."
Suburban (7-3) put up a 10-2 run late in the third set thanks to a few Chambersburg (9-2) attack errors and net violations.
"Whenever they came back, as it does any other team, it just brings you down," said Chambersburg middle Ashley Adams, "but at the same time it makes us want to fight harder. With them having the momentum it brought the mentality to where we needed to step it up, get the next point, let's go."
Despite the loss in the third game, Adams worked well in the middle. She competed the match leading Chambersburg with four blocks.
"Two-thirds of the way through a match we decided to shut down for a while, and you can't do that against good teams," Chambersburg coach Ty Frelin said. "But I was pleased how we bounced back in the fourth set."
Chambersburg came back ready to fire in the fourth set, putting up a 6-1 lead right off the bat, thanks in part to Trojan setter Lauren Ching, who was behind the service line for a five-point run. She had two aces in the run.
The Trojans had four attackers with double-digit kills, led by Haylee Holsopple's 16. Erin Lightfoot had 10 kills on just 15 attempts, and Kayliene Wadel also added 10. Bailee Nitterhouse had the team's only double-double with 11 kills and 21 digs. In total, the team racked up 60 kills - by far the most the team has had in one match all season, according to Frelin.
"Haylee kind of took it to them in the first set (7 kills), and in the last set I think she wanted to close it out," Frelin said. "And then Kayliene stepped in and did a great job on the outside for us tonight."
Ali Reinecker led Suburban with 13 kills, with just four errors on 28 attempts, while Georgia DuMars and Parker Faircloth-Henise each had six blocks. DuMars also had four aces, 34 assists and 17 digs.