Volleyball team overcomes slow start
If game one was any sign of what was to come, it was going to be a long night for Parkland at the Hornets Nest at Emmaus High School last Monday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game for Parkland.
It went to the final point, and every ball hit over the net received loud cheers from the large crowd in a playoff-like atmosphere, where pink was the color of choice for breast cancer awareness.
But Parkland showed why it is the defending PIAA champions and ranked as the top team in the state.
After a strong first game, tired legs and exhaustion seemed to set in for the Hornets as the Trojans took the next two games in winning 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-13, 25-17.
“It was wild,” said Morgan Sherwin, who had four kills. “It was definitely louder than we are used to, but that kind of atmosphere gets you fired up and ready to play. And we played stronger because of that. It helped a lot with our team atmosphere.”
It was clear the Hornets were fired up and ready for this one after losing three games by a larger margin a few weeks back.
The Trojans, which are defending state champs, were put on their heels in game one. They led early, but then Emmaus took over at the front of the net.
Trailing 7-4, the Green Hornets scored six of the next seven points to go up 10-8. When Siena Salvaggio blocked a kill attempt from Rivera-Woolard, the score was tied at 19-19. Emmaus would then go up by as much as three at 22-19, but Parkland came back to tie it at 22, and held on to take the pivotal first game and stave off any kind of momentum the Hornets could take with them into the next games with a Salvaggio kill.
“We were in different rotations all game so we were all in different spots,” said Sherwin. “But we all just worked together and played as a team and just pulled through it.”
But taking the Trojans all the way to the wire seemed to have tired out the young Emmaus team. Parkland led by as much as 13 at 23-10 in the second game.
In game three the Hornets had the game tied at 16, but Parkland scored six straight and took the match.
“We played much better towards the end of the match,” added Sherwin. “We had some momentum after the first game and just wanted to keep it going. We’re a strong team so we just need some confidence and momentum to get us going.”
Parkland finishes the regular season this week looking to remain undefeated in the EPC before the league playoffs begin next week.
Salvaggio tallied 14 kills with Erika Foose contributing 9 kills. Avery Perosa notched 13 digs, and Kristin Krause added 26 assists and 3 aces.