Trojans hope to peak at right time
The Parkland boys volleyball program had a run of three consecutive years from 2014-16 where it won multiple Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships. But over the last two years, it has seen its rival Emmaus take over and do the same thing.
But the Trojans, who are led by 18-year head coach Scott Trumbauer, have a lot to look forward to this season.
“There are key returners at most positions,” Trumbauer said. “All of our guys played club volleyball in the winter, or basketball, so they appear to be in the condition we are looking for at this point. On the other end, there is youth at a few key positions, but so far those guys have been playing at a high level and seem up for the challenge.”
Some of the top returnees include seniors Seth Fine (setter), Ian Dashukewich (middle hitter), Rylan Nemesh (opposite hitter) and Ryan Parry (defensive specialist), juniors Ben Iacobelli (defensive specialist), Logan Iacobelli (libero) and Noah Moreef (setter), along with sophomores JT Siggins (middle hitter) and Jordan Lewis (outside hitter).
Sophomore outside hitter Evan Hobart will join the squad this season looking to make contributions on the varsity team.
“Continue to progress throughout the season and peak at the right time,” said Trumbauer of his team’s goals. “We fell a little short last year in our goal of playing for a championship, so the guys seem focused on returning.”
Parkland opens its 2019 campaign on the road at Pocono Mountain East on Friday at 4 p.m.
“All of our coaches are really excited to see how the season will unfold,” said Trumbauer. “There seem to be a few teams in the EPC and District 11 which will be in the mix for the title (Whitehall, Liberty, Emmaus, and Freedom to name a few) so we will see great competition all season.
“We’re going to play perennial state power Pennridge in a nonleague match again as well as travel to the top two tournaments in the state (Bobcat Invitational at Northeastern York High School and Koller Classic at Central York High School).”