Trojans sweep Pennridge
The game between Parkland and Pennridge last Friday night came with a lot of hype. The Trojans came into the game ranked as the top team in the state in Class 3A, and the Rams were close behind, ranked No. 3.
But only one team showed up and played to its ranking. Parkland used its height and hitting power to beat the team out of District 1 in three straight games 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16.
“They have a lot of talent and it was great for us to get this win,” said senior libero Jared Silverstein. “They hit hard, so it helps us work on our defense and blocking.
“It was just a faster pace to the game than what we are normally used to. They’re a really good team, but we just played better and executed tonight.”
Senior Kyle Stout led the way offensively with 10 kills, while classmate Andrew Hillman added 6 kills and 3 aces while dishing out 16 assists.
Up front, Stout, along with Jack Dreisbach, Jake Heyer, Andrew Fine and Bryce Galloway combined to finish at the net, and block away any Pennridge kill attempts.
It also helped Parkland that they played most of the time with a lead. After game one, where the Trojans trailed as late as 6-5 before taking the lead for good, they were able to start with a lead and hold onto it.
“It’s always important to be building off of a lead,” Silverstein noted. “You never want to look at the scoreboard and see that you are down. It’s nice that when you have a lead you aren’t stressed and are comfortable in the game. We just play our game and when we’re able to build leads we are successful.”
It was the second time this year that these two teams squared off, and the second time that the Trojans beat the Rams.
Head coach Scott Trumbauer has shown with this year’s schedule, that he wants his defending state champion Trojans team to play against the best competition early on to prepare them for what they will see again at the end of the year. And Pennridge has been a perennial powerhouse in Pennsylvania.
“This was an early test against a really good team that we normally don’t see,” Trumbauer said. “It’s good for us, and I’m happy with the way that we played and will hopefully continue to play.”