Hornets hand Trojans first volleyball loss
Parkland and Emmaus both entered Tuesday’s much-anticipated meeting with identical unbeaten records at 7-0. But Trojan head Scott Trumbauer was well aware of the pedestal that the Hornets sat on atop the area’s top volleyball teams.
Then, Emmaus went out and proved why it is the class of the District 11 landscape. And it did so with relative ease.
Emmaus (8-0) jumped out to a comfortable lead in the opening set and never looked back, as the Hornets defeated Parkland, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-20), at Emmaus High School.
Parkland fell to 7-1 on the season, while the Hornets have yet to drop a set all spring.
“We know Emmaus is a good team,” Trumbauer said. “Their results have showed it; we just had never seen it in person. Now we have and you can’t take anything away from them. This is the best team in the area right now. We were about three steps behind them and a hundred miles per hour slower than them.”
Emmaus’ speed and strength at the net was overpowering for the Trojans from the opening set. An ace from setter Cameron Parsons early put the Hornets ahead 6-3, and it would only get tougher for the visiting Trojans.
The Hornets’ lead grew to 11-5 after four straight serves from opposite hitter James Haag failed to be returned. Emmaus middle hitter Matt Swanson added two kills shortly after to put the hosts up 16-8 and 19-9 before closing it out.
“It was like every time we put the ball over the net, it was coming back to us as fast as it could over the net,” Trumbauer said. “And they pass really well, too, so they put themselves in that system almost every time they have the opportunity to. When you play a team like that, that has the weapons they do, you’re in it for an uphill battle.”
The second set was much like the first, with Emmaus leading early and holding a comfortable edge until the final point. Opposite hitter Stephen Reynolds’ kill ended it for the Hornets.
Facing a 2-0 set deficit, the Trojans did not roll over in the third set. Parkland took an early 7-5 lead and held even at 9-9 in the early stages before the Hornets’ offensive power was too much. Despite being within 20-15 late, Emmaus held on for the sweep.
“It was just a mindset difference,” Trumbauer said. “I told them they had nothing to lose; we had nothing to lose coming into the match. It was good to see some touches on the blocks and things that we didn’t see in the first two sets in the third one.”
Parkland returns to action on Thursday against Pennridge.
“We can’t come with the game we had tonight,” Trumbauer said. “It’s good timing in terms of getting back on the court against a good team with this fresh on our mind.”