Girls volleyball falls to EHS
Emmaus and Parkland match-ups are important in every sport. The student-athletes know each other and want to beat each other.
In volleyball, the Trojans have been a dominant force over the last decade-plus, winning the last four District 11 championships. They have also gotten the better of their crosstown rivals the Green Hornets in a majority of those years.
But last Thursday night at Emmaus High School, Emmaus broke through and defeated Parkland. And to do so, it had come from behind in dramatic fashion.
Down two sets to one, the Hornets won the next two to stave off their first loss of the season and remain unbeaten at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Emmaus won the match by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-13, with every set decided by an average of four points.
“I think it was a great test to see where we are and what we need to do to improve,” said head coach Mike Krause. “I believe the girls also learned areas of the game they have control over and are motivated to work hard to improve those areas.”
After winning the first set 25-18, the widest margin of victory in the match, Emmaus led again for a long portion of both the second and third sets. But as champions do, the Trojans never quit and rallied to win both sets.
Just as it looked like the Hornets couldn’t get over the hump, they fought back to take the next two sets by a combined five points.
Junior Penn State commit Macy Van Den Elzen had a night she will never forget with 35 kills and six digs.
Krause admitted she was tough to defend all night.
“Macy Van Den Elzen played really well,” Krause said. “She had 35 kills on over 50 swings and one hitting error. They made us attack areas they controlled defensively.
“We played well offensively. As a team we hit over .400; we have not hit over .400 as a team in a match since the 2015 team that won the state championship, so that is a positive. However, we definitely need to improve our defense after giving up 35 kills to one player. I am confident we will definitely improve in that area.”
Parkland was taken to five sets in its season-opener against Central Catholic before winning 3-2. It also squared off with some state powers such as State College, Southern Lehigh and Archbishop Carroll in the Bulldog Invitational last weekend.
“We had a good preseason schedule, a strong early league schedule and a strong tournament schedule,” said Krause. “We will see a large number of programs traditionally in post season play in 3A and 4A. Every player has grown and improved. They are learning when to apply full aggression and when to moderate their aggressive offensive attacks on the volleyball.”
Grace Steurer finished with 18 kills, 19 digs and four blocks to lead Parkland. Adriana Goetz-Morales had 17 kills and Amber Resendez had 12. Jenny Clifton added 18 digs and Brynn Dreisbach tallied 15 digs and four kills. Brooke Kratzer contributed 44 assists.