Hornets take season’s first match vs. PHS
The Parkland boys volleyball team had been finding a rhythm during the first two weeks of the regular season. It won its opening Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches and earned victories against state-ranked opponents in Ambridge and Lower Dauphin, number one and number eight in the Class 2A rankings, respectively.
But the Trojans lost their rhythm last Monday evening in a three-set loss to defending EPC and District 11 champion Emmaus by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-23 at Parkland High School.
“Emmaus was playing at a fast pace and they really took us away from what we’ve been doing,” said Parkland head coach Scott Trumbauer. “They’re a good team and we just couldn’t get into a groove most of the night and that hurt us.”
With the score in favor of Emmaus 11-10 in the opening set, the Green Hornets scored the next four points. But their advantage slowly was taken away and the score ended up knotted at 20-20. From there, however, Emmaus took over and tallied five straight points to take set one.
The Hornets used that momentum and carried it into a more comfortable 25-15 set two victory where a 13-11 edge turned into 20-13 quickly.
Finishing out the three-set sweep proved to be a little more difficult in the final set.
In the third set there were 10 ties and four lead changes. Emmaus held the lead early on, recording the first two points, but Parkland bounced back to be out in front for the next run of points. The Trojans were ahead 14-11, but the Hornets posted six of the next nine points to tie the score at 17-17. Emmaus then tallied the next three and never trailed again. Parkland did not go down without a fight, however, tying the score at 23-23 before the Green Hornets took the next two to seal the victory.
“I thought that we battled and didn’t hang our heads after that second set,” Trumbauer said. “We didn’t give up and that’s what I wanted to see from the guys. We have a couple days off now to improve from this and get ready for another good team in Liberty Friday.”
Parkland was led by JT Siggins, who finished with seven kills. Rylan Nemesh recorded five kills and Jordan Lewis added four.