Boys volleyball must replace large sr. class
The Parkland boys volleyball program has seen a ton of success the last few years, bringing multiple Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships into the trophy cases. The Trojans also won the PIAA state title in 2015, while falling just short last year to eventual champion Hempfield in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
A large core of those championship winning teams have graduated from the program after the 2016 season ended with a 20-2 overall record. Six starters, including Kyle Stout, Andrew Hillman, Jack Dreisbach, Jared Silverstein, Bryce Galloway and Jake Heyer, brought a lot of wins to the program and kept Parkland among the top teams in the state for the last few years.
Head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 16th year at the helm, has not seen a mass exodus quite like this one during his tenure. There will be a lot of new players with little varsity experience taking up positions on the court in 2017.
Two players that return with playing time from 2016 are seniors Garrett Weigel (outside hitter/opposite hitter) and Michael Zeky (Opp/setter).
“The few returning players from last year’s team will be looked at for their senior leadership, which they have been providing so far,” said Trumbauer. “I think they will prove to be very valuable for the younger players as the season progresses. There are a lot of new faces in every position. Time is needed to get things flowing smoothly.”
Trumbauer pointed to some newcomers that will be counted on to make contributions this year. Senior middle hitter Sai Mallipedhi, junior libero Adam Kucharczuk, and sophomore setter Seth Fine are new names for Trumbauer to break into the Trojans program.
“I’m really excited to see how the guys come together this year considering there are so many new faces on the court,” Trumbauer said. “Because of the weather causing so many cancellations, the guys are very eager to get back on the court and start competing.”
Parkland was victorious in its first action of the season last Friday, beating Allen in three straight games. The Trojans have games this week against Bethlehem Catholic (Tuesday) and Dieruff (Thursday), and will be competing in the Bobcat Invitational this weekend at Northeastern High School.