Trojans’ net game too much
LEWISTOWN — The net presence of Chambersburg was too much for Mifflin County to overcome in a 3-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls volleyball match on Monday.
The Trojans won by scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-18 to improve to 4-2 and 3-2 in league play. The Huskies fell to 0-5 overall and in the conference.
Chambersburg finished with 24 blocks. Rachael Meyers led the way with nine and Marlee Wrights had six. The intimidation factor at the net and the Trojans’ strong service game kept Mifflin County scrambling to catchup.
“Chambersburg is a solid team. They serve well and are very tough at the net. It all comes down to believing we have the ability to play with the big dogs in the Mid-Penn,” Mifflin County coach Krystena Mayo said. “We get intimidated easily, which is something I’m trying to get them to work on. A lot of it comes from mindset more so than lack of talent.”
The Huskies got off to a slow start in the first set when the Trojans turned a 3-2 advantage into a 15-6 lead with a 12-4 run. Mifflin County got as close as 15-8 before another Chambersburg run made it 22-9. Willa Moats and Robin Stepler each had six service points.
Kiana Sechler led the Huskies with five of her team high 12 kills and four service points in the set.
In the second, the Trojans built a 12-4 advantage and it looked like Mifflin County would go down meekly. Instead, thanks to Jade Morningstar, the Huskies woke up and scored eight straight points off her serve to even thing up at 12-12. The Husky senior also had four of her eight kills in the set.
“Jade Morningstar, a strong server for us, got us some momentum and the girls saw they can play with the speed the Mid-Penn teams do,” Mayo said. “They’re starting to get the mindset and mentality that they have the ability to play with good teams. We had some awesome plays go through. We were picking up some balls we normally don’t pick up. We played much better defensively, especially when we’re on our high.”
Chambersburg went on an 11-3 run to take a 23-15 advantage before closing out the second set.
Mifflin County kept up the intensity with Aubrey Jordan having a strong third set. The sophomore had six of her 11 kills in the frame as well as a solid block.
“Aubrey had a good third set. Her frustrations come when she can’t get a touch on the ball and a feel for who is in front of her. Finally, she started to play off her blockers,” Mayo said. Her and our setter Kashia (Smith) talked about different plays they could run. She’s a young athlete. She’s been playing for a couple of years but she’s still young, maturity wise. Once she got in the grove, she was able to play better.”
The Trojans used their size and athleticism at the net to close out the third on a 6-2 run.
Sechler had six aces, while Maddie Myers and Giana Hoppel collected five each. Smith and Hoppel had five blocks and Caitlyn Kick had two digs.
“Our serving is getting much stronger. We work on it every day. We are seeing the ball better. Our service and our service return are definitely improving. We have to keep pushing through and remain positive,” Mayo said.
Mifflin County travels to Cumberland Valley on Wednesday.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
25-14, 25-20, 25-18