Girls volleyball avenges loss
Back on Sept. 6, nearly a month before their latest meeting, the Emmaus girls volleyball team got the better of rival Parkland, coming back from down two sets to one to earn an important early season win over a team that it has not found much success against of late.
But that was in the friendly confines of the Hornets’ Nest. Last Monday night, it was a different story.
The Trojans played with a ton of energy, not wanting to give up their home court advantage or be swept during the regular season, and won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division rematch by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-20 to hand the Green Hornets (13-1 EPC) their first loss in the conference in a loud and raucous Parkland gymnasium.
“It was an important win for us to not only beat them after they beat us, but to protect our home court,” said Parkland senior Grace Steurer. “They are a great team and we had to play our best tonight. I think we did that.”
Parkland’s only loss in the league was to Emmaus. It is now 25-5-3 overall and 12-1 in the EPC.
These teams will almost surely meet again come postseason time, maybe more than once.
Each set was decided by five points or less, so in a lot of back-and-forth play, each team traded runs throughout each set.
“We’re both very evenly matched, but I thought that we played with a lot of energy tonight,” Steurer said. “We really hit the ball well in front of the net and all of the girls played hard.”
Parkland led for a majority of the first set. When the score was tied 9-9, the Trojans tallied the next point and never trailed from there. Emmaus answered by winning a pivotal second set to avoid going into a 2-0 hole.
The Trojans erased an 11-6 lead by the Green Hornets to take set three and hold all of the momentum. Emmaus also led in the fourth set, the last of which was at 14-13 before Parkland scored the next five points to take control and finish off the match.
“We’re very similar teams in that we both have very good volleyball players that know how to compete,” Emmaus head coach Gwen Millets said. “These matches are always fun to be a part of.”
Steurer and Adriana Goetz-Morales each finished with 14 kills. Jenny Clifton had 21 aces and 15 digs. Brynn Dreisbach added 20 digs, and Brooke Kratzer contributed 47 assists.