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Trojans-Kids battle in five-set match

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer was asked to describe his team’s five-set win over Northampton last Tuesday evening, he used the word ‘respond.’

The Trojans did indeed respond, twice over the course of the match. They responded after losses in games one and four to defeat the Kids 3-2 by scores of 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 15-11 at Northampton Area High School.

“They’re a great team,” Trumbauer said. “I’m sure that we’re going to see them again this year somewhere just because of the way they play and how good they are. They always have that team that makes runs and puts good things together. Their kids are playing well. This is the kind of win for us that builds character.”

Parkland had to scratch and claw for every point of every set. It was involved in its longest match of the season in game one, with the two teams combining for 64 points. Tied at 24-24, the teams traded points for what seemed like a whole match, until Northampton tallied two straight to take the opening set 32-30.

With their backs against the wall, the Trojans bounced back and responded with two straight set wins to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

On their home court, the Kids were not going to go down easy, and won the ensuing set to force the pivotal fifth and deciding set.

With a shortened game to just 15, the teams knew that they had to get out in front early if they wanted a chance at the victory. Parkland did just that, scoring the first six points and then hanging on through a late Northampton push to win 15-11.

“That’s the last thing I told them before we went out,” said Trumbauer. “If you put them down early in a short game like that, it is crucial. Playing an emotional team like them, they’re never going to give up. It showed towards the end of that game. It was a two-point game. A lead like we had is good, but we couldn’t stop fighting. I thought we responded really well, and I’ll take it.”

The Trojans’ offense got better as the match wore on. They connected on their hitting, and their defense did not allow many runs. With the victory, Parkland remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at 6-0.

“There are things that we can do better, and we work on it,” said Trumbauer. “Our offense isn’t quite doing the things that I would like yet, with footwork and aggressiveness, but we did some good things tonight that helped us pull this one out.”

Parkland finishes off the week with a match at home against Freedom Thursday before traveling to take on rival Emmaus next Tuesday.