Trojans sweep Hornets
The Parkland boys volleyball team used its size and hitting power to overmatch Emmaus Tuesday night at Emmaus High School’s auxiliary gym 3-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 in a battle of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference unbeatens and leaders of their respective divisions. The win moves the Trojans to 8-0 on the season while Emmaus falls to 7-1.
“I think everyone was clicking on all cylinders tonight,” said senior middle hitter Jack Dreisbach. “We were definitely up to play Emmaus because they are a great team in this league and district, and our rival. We were amped up for this one, and you could tell with our play.”
Including tournament play, the Trojans have won 15 straight matches since losing their only match of the season to Northeastern back on April 2. They came out the same way they always do, never looking past an opponent, especially the Green Hornets.
“We’re actually all good friends, so it makes it fun and extra competitive to go out there each game and perform to the best of our abilities,” Dreisbach said. “We can just each get each other motivated in our own ways, and none of us want to lose.”
Parkland came into the match after a successful weekend. The Trojans competed in the Koller Classic Tournament at Central York High School. There they defeated Ambridge, Montour, Central Dauphin and Dallastown in pool play 2-0 before downing State College, Central York, Northeastern and Hempfield in the final to capture their second straight Koller Classic championship. Senior Andrew Hillman was named the Brad Livingston Most Valuable Player.
“We came in playing well after winning the Koller Classic title over the weekend,” said Dreisbach. “We played a lot of good teams from out of the area, so that obviously helps getting good competition. It was awesome getting to beat Northeastern in the semifinal because they beat us earlier in the year.”
The Green Hornets played with passion, gaining some fire from the big-game atmosphere and their fans. They kept games one and two close, but the height of the Trojans front line players was too much.
Kyle Stout lead the way with seven kills, while Dreisbach added six kills and two blocks. Hillman had three kills, four aces, six blocks and eleven assists.
Parkland has only one more game this week, Thursday at home against Freedom. Then the Trojans have a break before their next match at Bethlehem Catholic on Tuesday.