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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Grace Steurer digs a ball during an early-season match at Emmaus. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Grace Steurer digs a ball during an early-season match at Emmaus. Copyright - DonHerb

Girls volleyball tops BC, 3-0

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

For the last half decade the Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic girls volleyball teams have been in several state finals between the two of them and are a consistent powerhouse in their classifications.

Last Monday night the two met in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season match. The Trojans did not sweat much in winning the first set, but were forced to hold on to take the next two in sweeping the Golden Hawks by scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-17.

Anytime a team can win a conference game, especially against a quality opponent is important. And head coach Mike Krause is surely pleased with the recent result.

“Becahi won a state championship in 2014, they have always played us hard,” said head coach Mike Krause. “They play excellent defense and never relented. Every ball needs to be keep in play to challenge your control of attacks offensively.”

After staking to a sizeable lead and then finishing off Becahi in the first set, Parkland (18-3-2 overall, 9-1 EPC) was forced to make some adjustments in the remaining two sets.

“The team has worked really hard improving on the consistency of our passing and defense,” Krause said. “We are serving much more consistently while still being aggressive. It helps to have Adriana Goetz-Morales a little healthier. Brooke Kratzer is developing a rhythm with our hitters and Grace Steurer and Sarah Nichols continue to be the ‘heart and soul’ of this team in their leadership in practice and competition.”

The Trojans needed all that they could get from the depth of their lineup in the final two sets as Becahi took them to the brink in each one. To Krause it looked like the Golden Hawks were a completely different team from set one.

“In the second and third sets, they served more aggressively,” said Krause. “They made some adjustments to where we were attacking and placed there strongest defenders in those areas. They served much more aggressively and attacked more consistently.”

Goetz-Morales finished with a team-high 13 kills and added two blocks. Steurer tallied 10 kills, 15 digs and two blocks, and Jenny Clifton recorded 13 digs. Kratzer contributed 26 assists.

Parkland has two pivotal EPC showdowns in a row as it takes on Central Catholic Thursday and then hosts Emmaus on Monday.