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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Linsey Iacobelli celebrates a point during the District 11 quarterfinals. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Linsey Iacobelli celebrates a point during the District 11 quarterfinals.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Veronica Koval (21) and Brooke Robertson (4) go up for a block during the district tournament. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Veronica Koval (21) and Brooke Robertson (4) go up for a block during the district tournament.

Emmaus pulls off upset in district semifinal

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland volleyball team has racked up its fair share of wins over the last four seasons. Dating back to 2010, the Trojans had a 68-match-play winning streak stretching from the 2010 season to the last match of 2012, which was the state final.

Coming into 2013, Parkland (19-1) was riding a 19-match winning streak. But that all came to an abrupt end last Tuesday night at Whitehall high school.

Emmaus (18-2) played near flawless volleyball and attacked the Trojans every game, taking the match by scores of 26-24, 25-19, and 25-21 to advance to the District 11 final.

The Hornets were the only team during the season to even take a game from Parkland. On Tuesday night, Emmaus wanted more.

Having lost to Parkland in the district tournament each of the last three years, the Green Hornets played with a lot of passion and energy.

"The regular season we had this long winning streak," said head coach Mike Krause. "Emmaus played really well, you can't take anything away from them. That's what happens in playoff formats when you play against real strong teams. These kids worked real hard and came together, and this was a championship type game. Somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose. Unfortunately for us, we came away on the short end tonight."

The Trojans came out fla, and trailed in game one until finally taking a lead at 12-11. Emmaus kept fighting back. Leading 24-22 at game point, the Green Hornets rallied to score four in a row and stunningly take the first game.

With Parkland back on its heels from the get-go, the Trojans bounced back in game two, taking the lead up until a 13-13 tie. The Trojans wouldn't see another advantage the remainder of the game.

Game three was back-and-forth throughout, with the Trojans holding the biggest lead of four at 14-10. With a 20-17 advantage, Parkland looked to be forming some momentum, but just as they got going, Emmaus scored the next five points and held on for the 3-0 victory.

It was a tough end to a very successful season for the Lehigh Valley Conference champions.

"It was a great experience," said Krause. "Right now they're going to hurt a little bit, but after they reflect on the year, they did something that nobody else did and that's something that they can tuck in their pockets."