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Sam Graver plays a ball during Monday’s win over Emmaus. Graver had 22 kills in the match.PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Copyright - DON HERB Sam Graver plays a ball during Monday’s win over Emmaus. Graver had 22 kills in the match.PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Copyright - DON HERB
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Megan Shaw bumps a ball during Tuesday's win over Emmaus. Copyright - DON HERB PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Megan Shaw bumps a ball during Tuesday's win over Emmaus. Copyright - DON HERB

Girls volleyball beat Emmaus 3-1

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

It’s not often that the Parkland girls volleyball team loses an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match, let alone a single game in a best-of-five match. But Tuesday night’s clash against Emmaus was a hard-fought match.

The Trojans were nearly taken to the brink, and could have easily lost the first two games, but made the plays when they had to and put the Green Hornets away in the fourth game to win the match 3-1 by scores of 28-26, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-19 at Emmaus High School.

The Trojans (12-0 EPC) remained undefeated in the league, but they had to battle and give everything they had to finish off Emmaus (10-3) in their home gym. It was their second win over the season over the Hornets after a 3-0 sweep early in the season.

“Every time Emmaus and Parkland play each other it is a close game,” said Parkland senior libero Megan Shaw. “They are a really good team, and they gave us everything they had tonight. We know they wanted this one after last time, but we wanted it bad too.”

During the first two games, Emmaus held leads late, but was unable to hold on as the Parkland hitters powered shot after shot onto the floor.

The Green Hornets finally got one, however, jumping ahead in game three, and holding leads of as much as six, to make 2-1.

Parkland needed to take back the momentum and end the match before it reached a fifth game. Thanks to 22 overall kills from senior Sam Graver, the Trojans were able to do just that.

“The first three games Emmaus kind of controlled, so we had to come out and take control right away,” Shaw said. “We were able to do that right away, and it helped us get the deciding win. It’s more about just going out there and bringing it to them before they bring it to us.

“We’re huge rivals, and it’s always a big game. Both teams played awesome tonight. It was the type of atmosphere that you always hope to play in. We just had the mindset like we always do, that we’re going to go out and get the win.”

Graver finished with 18 digs and 3 aces to go along with her 22 kills. Shaw had 16 digs and 3 aces. Morgan Sherwin and Grace Steurer each had 7 kills, and Mia Jago and Adriana Goetz-Morales both tallied 6 kills.