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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Jenny Clifton digs a ball during a recent match. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Jenny Clifton digs a ball during a recent match. Copyright - DonHerb

Girls volleyball prepares for district playoffs

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Once again, the Liberty girls volleyball team got the better of Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. This year, it was one round sooner than last time.

The Hurricanes and Trojans went the distance with Liberty winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-12 last Thursday night in the EPC semifinals at Allen High School.

“It was a great match, and they’re a great team,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause of Liberty. “There was solid hitting and great defense. We were each attacking all areas of the court. We made some great plays, they made some great plays. It came down to the fifth set where a few of our shots were just out and their shots were just in. Pretty much as close as you can get.”

Liberty took down Parkland in the EPC final last season before the Trojans bounced back in the District 11 Class 4A tournament by winning another district title. Krause is hoping for a similar type of scenario this time around.

“The girls know how close they are to Liberty,” Krause said. “We played them in our tournament and it was not a great performance on our side. We have made some changes and continue to do so.

“We have improved our ball control on the first contact and will continue to work on our third contact. Our passing has improved on serve receive and our defense is getting better every time we step on the court. The girls feel that if they continue to improve, they will be in any match. With a reflection of our growth, they are excited for districts to see how things play out.”

With a week off to prepare for the district tournament, there are some things Krause would like to see his team take care of in search of winning another district title.

“We are going to work on moving people around a little more to give our opponents a little different look,” said Krause. “We are working on varying where we attack and who will be attacking from those locations. Our serving has been pretty good; we are going to become a little more aggressive in our location to see how that impacts the game. Defensively, we are really starting to gel. Our back is reading the hitters with more consistency to allow our defenders more time to position themselves in the attack areas. We will emphasize our back-and-first contact to create scoring opportunities.”

Parkland will likely be the No. 3 seed in the District 11/2 subregional tournament with a first-round matchup against either Wyoming Valley West or Pocono Mountain East.