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MC volleyball falls to tough Chambersburg team

LEWISTOWN – Things didn’t start out smoothly in the Mifflin County girls volleyball season as they led their season off with a very veteran and experienced Chambersburg team who came in primed and ready for their trip to Mifflin County.
Despite falling in three games (25-7, 25-6, 25-6) the Huskies had their moments against the Trojans but they just couldn’t find the flow and momentum that Chambersburg possessed in the opener.
Mifflin County played very tough in the front and in the back shots but the open middle haunted them all evening as the Lady Trojans took advantage of the Huskies’ Achilles heel.
“Chambersburg played a smart game tonight. Sometimes they hit it short, sometimes they hit it long, sometimes they tipped the ball and sometimes it rolled. They were really looking for the open holes. They were also serving very aggressively. They are a really good consistent team,” Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said. “So all of that really threw our game off. I talked to them during the game to not play reactionary but play more proactively to read them. Chambersburg outplayed us because they played a smarter game.”
In the first game, the Trojans opened up a quick 8-1 advantage on the serving arm of Rebecca Stewart. She picked up eight service points before a tough frontline stance by Shania Teenie.
But that stopped the Chambersburg rally just temporarily.
Leading 12-3, Chambersburg rallied off seven more consecutive service points. This time the Trojans got the points from Caitlin Vrabel.
Before the Huskies knew what hit them, they trailed 20-3.
But there was no quit in the “purple and black” rallying for three consecutive points. Two of the three points came from service points by Eden Parks.
Unfortunately for the home team the lead was just too great as it fell, 27-5.
With the one game lead, Chambersburg continued to take advantage of the middle part of the Huskies’ side, prompting a 9-1 Trojan advantage. In the run, Chambersburg’s Denessa Martin quickly put her team into the lead posting five service points in a 6-0 run. In that run, Martin picked up two aces.
She was helped by the frontline work of Cara Long and Laura Diller.
Stewart an Vrabel were also tough from the service line in the contest while keeping the Mifflin County offense at bay, winning 25-6.
Things mirrored each other in third and final game despite an early run by the Huskies, the Trojans took the final game of the night, 25-6.
Not much time for thinking about the loss as Mifflin County tries to rebound today against Millersburg.

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