Girls volleyball seeks fifth straight district title
In a rematch of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game, the Parkland girls volleyball team flipped the script and got the better of Nazareth 3-0 by scores of 25-10, 25-20 and 25-11 in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal round Tuesday night at Catasauqua High School to advance to another district final.
The Trojans have won four straight district championships. They will take on top seed Emmaus Thursday for this year’s crown. That game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. back at Catasauqua High School.
After coming up just short in the EPC final to the Blue Eagles just about two weeks ago, the Trojans made sure to finish the job and dispatch of Nazareth this time around in a highly-contested semifinal round matchup.
“They have one of the most powerful hitters in the league,” said head coach Mike Krause. “They are very good defensively and serve tough. It is always tough to play them, especially in the postseason. It is a nice win for our program and we’re excited to move on to the final.”
After an EPC final that went that distance of five sets, Parkland made quick work of Nazareth this time around.
“We passed really well,” Krause said. “Brooke [Kratzer] was able to mix up her setting and had excellent location. The hitters attacked the seams of their defense and our defense, led by Jenny [Clifton] played well. Adriana [Goetz-Morales] hit 15 kills on 21 swings with zero errors. The team played well altogether.”
There was an aggressiveness to the play of Parkland. It didn’t want to lose again to the same team in a short span. That proved to be true in a dominant first set that it took 25-10.
After a closer second set that the Trojans had to hold onto a late lead. They once again dominated play in the third set on their way to a three-set sweep of the Blue Eagles.
The front line of Goetz-Morales, Grace Steurer and Brynn Dreisbach were powerful in their hitting all night. Goetz-Morales led the team with 15 kills, three blocks and two aces. Steurer finished with seven kills and nine digs, and Dreisbach had seven kills, two aces and 11 digs.
Amber Resendez tallied five kills and Clifton had nine digs and two aces. Kratzer recorded 29 assists and three blocks.
Parkland and Emmaus will meet for the third time this year after splitting the first two matches. The Trojans will be looking for their fifth straight district title and eighth in the last nine years on Thursday.
“We know Macy can hit too many areas of the court and Caroline Bond is a great setter,” said Krause. “They play tough defense and serve aggressively.”