Parkland Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PHS volleyball beats Kids in five games

Sunday, March 31, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland boys volleyball team began the 2019 season with a win. The Trojans squared off with a talented and experienced Northampton team in a season-opening victory in the home-opener Tuesday afternoon at Parkland High School by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-23.

Parkland may have had to wait a few extra days to open up its 2019 campaign, as most other District 11 teams did so last Friday, but it proved to be worth the wait. The Trojans came out on top, but they had to fight for every point in every set.

“Northampton came out with a lot of energy and seemed to be everywhere defensively,” said head coach Scott Trumbauer. “Offensively, they don’t have a lot of height but made up for it with aggressive, well-placed swings which we didn’t adjust to as quickly as we needed.”

Playing in its first regular season match of the season, there was some rust to be dusted off both offensively and defensively. Parkland (1-0 overall, 1-0 EPC) showed that it was the better team as it took care of business in the opening set 25-20, and then had to hold on as the second set went past the regular 25-point realm.

The Kids (1-1, 1-1) bounced back to stave off defeat in taking game three 25-22.

Not wanting to fall in the fourth set and face a do-or-die final set, Parkland buckled in and took care of business. It was a back-and-forth fourth set with the largest lead being at just three in favor of the Trojans, Parkland was able to outlast Northampton and pick up its first win of the season in its first game.

Lucas Adam tied a team-high with 13 kills in getting his first real action on the varsity level, and Rylan Nemesh tallied 13 kills and three blocks. Logan Iacobelli contributed 19 digs.

“We’ve identified a number of things we need to improve on immediately,” Trumbauer said. “We travel to a much improved and talented Freedom team on Thursday so we will need to see those adjustments tomorrow at practice.”