Article By: CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press
The Parkland girls volleyball team has been playing its best volleyball recently and at the right time.
The Trojans were too much for Emmaus as they swept the Hornets by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 27-25 last Thursday night at Catasauqua High School in the District 11 Class 4A final.
It is the fifth consecutive district championship for Parkland, as it defeated Emmaus for the second time this season and became just the second team all year to beat the Hornets in straight sets.
“With it being such a hard league and district, it’s a great accomplishment for these kids,” Parkland coach Mike Krause said. “This is a tribute to our competitive practices. The kids play with a lot of heart every day, and they certainly did again tonight.”
Parkland went ahead by a large margin in both the first and second sets.
In the opening set, the Trojans held set-point, but the Green Hornets would not go down as they netted six straight before falling 25-17.
The opening of the second set was more of the same as Parkland jumped out to a wide, early lead, and backed the momentum and its crowd to a set two victory.
Parkland used its height and athletic hitters at the net to score a lot of its points. Grace Steurer (14 kills) and Adriana Goetz-Morales (12 kills, 3 aces) caused the Green Hornets fits all match.
In a back-and-forth third set, Emmaus held game point twice, but Parkland was able to finish off the set and ultimately the match.
“This title means a lot,” Goetz-Morales said. “It shows dedication. We came back hungrier after losing the EPC title. The mentality was to do our job and have fun. When we play for fun, we play our best. That’s where we get our energy.”
Senior setter Brooke Kratzer was the catalyst behind the offensive output, finishing with 30 assists.
Macy Van Den Elzen led the way up front for the Hornets, finishing with 20 kills. Jaya Bhagat tallied seven kills and four blocks. Defensively, Kelsie Baus had 14 digs, Mia Pickering had six and Maiah Sabol contributed five. Senior setter Caroline Bond added 27 assists and 12 digs.
Parkland defeated District 3s fourth-place team, South Western (York) in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 on Tuesday night in the first round of the state playoffs. The advance to face Upper Merion on Saturday.