PHS falls to unbeaten Eagles
The Parkland girls volleyball team may not have looked the part early in the 2018 season, but it began to play its best volleyball within the last month of the season when it mattered most. That continued into the postseason.
The District 11 Class 4A champion Trojans played good volleyball in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs and district tournament.
For the seventh time in the last eight seasons Parkland was playing in the state semifinals, but for the second straight year it fell just short of the title game, dropping a match to Bishop Shanahan 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-12, 25-20 Tuesday night at Quakertown High School.
It is the third straight season that the Trojans (21-4 overall) met with the Eagles (23-0), with both teams splitting the last two seasons. The two teams also met twice this year in the Parkland Invitational, with each team taking a match.
“We played one of the best high school games I have seen in the first set coming up short 25-23,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause. “Bishop Shanahan put together a great run and got into tempo in the second set to capture that one 25-12. With our backs to the wall the girls scratched and clawed to an exciting finish, but came up just short in the third set.
“We got shell-shocked a little in the second game and couldn’t recover. That’s a very good team, especially at this time of year.”
Parkland scored 10 of the first 15 points in the opening set, and actually led 22-19, but saw that advantage fade in the end.
The Eagles then scored the next five points and wouldn’t trail in any game for the remainder of the night. Bishop Shanahan jumped to a 9-1 lead in set two before Parkland fought back to within 9-6. The Eagles scored the next six points and led 22-9 at one point. Shanahan led game three 15-3 before Parkland finished strong.
“They get into a very good rhythm,” Krause said of the Eagles. “They’re running their middles and then we key on the middles and they spread the ball outside and find gaps. They were speeding it up and finding that gap. They passed some really good balls, which allowed them to hold us in the middle and crate opportunities on the wing.”
Krause has a lot of good to reflect on with his team.
“This team was a collection of the nicest, unselfish and hard-working kids I have been fortunate to coach,” said Krause. “My assistants Jesse Krasley, Taylor Krause and Michael Lewis helped bring out the best in each and every one if these athletes.
“I can say Parkland was proudly represented by this group of volleyball players.”
Grace Steurer led the way with 12 kills and six digs. Adriana Goetz-Morales tallied 10 kills. Brooke Kratzer contributed 22 assists.
Parkland graduates nine seniors from this year’s team.