Girls volleyball wins three straight
Bringing in a new group of players is something that the Parkland girls volleyball team and head coach Mike Krause have been accustomed to doing for the last decade.
The Trojans said goodbye to another decorated senior class last year. But Krause has players waiting in the wings to step up and lead Parkland back to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 title games, where they appeared last season.
Seniors Kirah Dreisbach and Mia Jago, and junior Grace Steurer are returning starters, and each had a big hand in last week’s season-opener.
Steurer led the way with 14 kills, 6 digs, and 4 blocks, Dreisbach had 7 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces, and 10 service points, and Jago added 5 kills to help lead the Trojans to a three-set sweep over Freedom last Tuesday night at Parkland High School. The scores were 25-13, 25-15, 25-12.
“It was nice getting back out on the court and getting a win first game,” Steurer said. “You go through preseason and practice and you just want to go out and play against someone.”
It took a little to get going in game one. Freedom actually held leads of 3-2 and 5-3, but once the Trojans got going and took the lead at 6-5, they never gave it up.
“I think we just had a few first-game jitters we had to get over,” said Steurer. “It just seemed that we were on edge and were tense, and didn’t want to make mistakes instead of just going out there and playing our game. Once we got into the mentality that, it’s just volleyball, we know how to do this, it got a lot easier and better. It was just all in our heads.”
Games two and three started better for Parkland as they opened up leads of 5-0 each set. That made it easier to finish off the games to take the match.
Krause has had three different setters the last three years. This season, senior Mady Beaver is charged with running the offense and setting up her hitters. She finished with 23 assists.
“The passing from everyone to set up our kills is something that goes unappreciated,” said Steurer. “But we’ve all been putting in the work to get that down and set up for good hits. We’re coming together as a team, and that’s good to see.”
The Trojans picked up two more EPC wins to improve to 3-0 this season.
They beat Easton 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 Monday. Steurer had 8 kills, while Dreisbach added 6 kills, 3 aces, 6 digs and 9 service points. Mady Beaver had 18 assists.
The Trojans beat Dieruff 25-7, 25-12, 25-18 last Thursday. Steurer had 12 kills. Driesback had 6 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs and 12 serice points. Megan Heyer had 8 kills, while Mady Beaver dished out 19 assists.