Defending state champs are off to successful start in 2015 season
The Parkland girls volleyball team has not been tested yet in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule. Last Tuesday night was no different. In a clash between rivals and two of the better teams in the district, the Trojans easily dispatched of Emmaus 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-13.
The defending Class AAA state champion, Parkland is ranked No. 1 in the state and the Trojans showed why they are ranked so highly.
The Green Hornets never threatened as the Trojans used their height in front of the net to send down points and block anything coming their way.
Seniors Siena Salvaggio (11 kills), Sam Webber (10 kills), Erika Foose (8 kills) and juniors Sam Graver (7 kills) and Morgan Sherwin (9 kills) led the way at the net.
It wasn’t just the Trojans’ big hitters that carried them to the win over Emmaus. They also needed someone to get them the ball.
“Our offense starts with good passing, and we couldn’t have done it without Avery [Perosa] and Kristin [Krause],” said Salvaggio. “Avery keeps the ball in play and Kristin does a great job distributing. Watching a kill is nice, but you have to credit the pass that comes first. It’s always a team effort scoring points.”
Perosa finished with 11 digs and Krause tallied 52 assists.
Krause was also recently recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as the Pennsylvania Player of the week. This is the second time in her career receiving this recognition, as she was named POW last year as a junior.
Megan Shaw serving in game one led to four straight points that forced Emmaus to call timeout as Parkland took an 11-5 lead. Shaw helped to two more points and a 13-5 lead turned into a 25-11 win in game one.
The Trojans actually trailed 1-0 that first game, but the next two games took the first point with a Salvaggio kill in game two and a Sherwin dig that landed in bounds for the first point in game three.
“Each practice we focus on the little things that we could improve on,” said Salvaggio. “We always want to communicate better and pass better and just keep doing what we can to win.”
The Trojans had no problem dispatching of Emmaus to remain unbeaten in the EPC at 6-0.
This followed a weekend in which Parkland won its own invitational tournament once again, defeating Liberty in the semifinals and Hempfield in the finals, where they actually dropped a game. The finals were a rematch of last year’s state title game.
“We were able to get a lot of experience and play good teams,” added Salvaggio. “We played Hempfield and Bishop Shanahan, which are two of the better teams in the state. They’re really great teams, and it’s always fun to play them and create some rivalries.”
The Trojans also hosted a junior varsity tournament. They won that, too, beating Central Catholic in the finals.