Army honors PHS volleyball team
Parkland High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Friday. The honor is part of the 11th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, which is now in its sixth year of recognizing girls volleyball. Parkland is one of just 10 schools being honored.
The Lady Trojans finished ranked No. 18 in the country by MaxPreps and a CBSSports.com site. MaxPreps ranks more than 13,000 high school girls’ volleyball teams.
“For more than a decade, MaxPreps, in partnership with the Army National Guard, has honored the top high school sports teams in the nation,” said Andy Beal, President and Founder of MaxPreps. “Parkland High School is one of a very select and elite group of volleyball teams to be honored this seaso.”
Parkland High School beat Hempfield state championship to claim back-to-back state titles. This is the third state title for the program. They finished the 2015 season with a record of 36-2.
“I knew how special this recognition was last year and to be honored again. I’m floored,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause. “This award says a lot because of the honor and recognition that comes with the Tour of Champions.”
After winning the state title last year and receiving many accolades for their season, coach Krause wanted to make sure his team did not become complacent this year and had the drive to repeat their success. When the Lady Trojans traveled to Arizona for the Nike Tournament of Champions, the team competed against the best volleyball programs in the country and placed fourth out of 32 teams. Parkland did not lose one game in Pennsylvania this season. Their only two losses were to P.K.Yonge (FL) and Desert Vista (AZ) at the Nike Tournament.
Parkland’s five seniors are setter Kristin Krause, opposite hitter Siena Salvaggio, libero Avery Perosa, middle hitter Sam Webber and middle hitter Erika Foose.
Kristin Krause, who will play at Penn State University in the fall, finished the season with 1,225 assists, 76 aces, and 186 digs. Krause was named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year and District XI MVP.
Salvaggio, who also earned two gold medals with Parkland’s swim team last year, led the Lady Trojans in kills (405) and finished her career with 1,030. Salvaggio will swim for Penn State University.
Perosa, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh, notched 341 digs and 41 aces this year.
Foose holds the highest hitting percentage (.606) in the state followed closely by Webber, who has the second highest (.585).
Foose will play at Carnegie Mellon University; Webber will attend Shippensburg University.
Krause, Salvaggio, Perosa, Foose, and Webber were all named All-State. Salvaggio and Perosa were also named District XI First Team.
Sergeant First Class Andrew Treiber of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard presented Coach Krause and the Lady Trojans with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Friday.
“Courage, commitment and unity are just a few qualities that superior athletes, along with the men and women of the Army National Guard, have in common,” said Sergeant First Class Michael Semeja of the Army National Guard. “On behalf of the National Guard, I am privileged to recognize this nationally ranked championship team for their dedication, leadership and teamwork.”