Parkland loses to top-ranked 2A team
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer makes his schedule each year, he wants to add high-profile teams to challenge his Trojans. And a lot of times, that comes from outside of the Lehigh Valley and District 11.
Teams like Pennridge (No. 3 in 3A), North Allegheny (No. 2 in 3A), Ambridge (No. 2 in 2A), and Derry (No. 5 in 2A) are some of the top-ranked teams in the state that Parkland has played this season. They went 4-0.
But one state-ranked team had gotten the better of the Trojans, winning both games of a two-game set in the Bobcat Invitational last month. Northeastern is a three-time state champion in Class AA, and they gave Parkland its first and only loss of the year on April 2nd.
Last Saturday evening at Parkland High School, the two teams met each other on the court for a second time in less than a month. In the rematch of number one ranked teams in the two highest classifications, the Bobcats once again took down the Trojans, this time a three-game sweep 25-19, 25-22, 25-22.
“I always say that we won’t get better playing weak competition,” Trumbauer said. “We scheduled this match back in August because we knew both teams had a lot of returning players from last year’s state championship teams. There was a lot of energy coming in, and I think we may have gotten too excited.”
Each team featured a player going to a Division I program. Parkland senior Andrew Hillman and Northeastern senior Reese Devilbiss were enemies on the court Friday night, but will be teammates next year at Ohio State University.
Devilbiss was a force for the Bobcats, and his shots were tough to stop all night for the Trojans. He ended the night with 27 kills and hit .571 percent from the field.
“Reese is incredible,” said Trumbauer. “One of our downfalls was we thought we could stuff him at the net. I think we were a little too amped up, and that hurt us.”
Northeastern rarely ever trailed in the three games. Parkland was seemingly always within striking distance, but could just never find a run that put them ahead.
“We showed that we have cracks in our offense,” Trumbauer said. “I told the kids that a lot of [Saturday] was us beating ourselves. Northeastern is a great team. The good news is we won’t see another team at Northeastern’s level.”
Jack Dreisbach, Hillman and Garret Weigel all had seven kills in the match, and Jake Heyer and Kyle Stout added four.
Parkland looks to bounce back when it travels to Nazareth Thursday for its only game of the week.