PHS girls volleyball rebounds from loss
After an emotional setback to Central Catholic last Tuesday night, the Parkland girls volleyball team had to face rival Emmaus two nights later.
The Trojans, coming off their first loss of the season, were fired up in front of their home crowd. They took care of the Hornets in four sets by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-22 last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
Emmaus was firing on all cylinders right out of the gate and scored the first three points and four of the first five in set one to hold an early lead. The teams were then in a deadlock, trading points in the middle of the set until Parkland took a 14-13 lead, one it would not relinquish. The Trojans scored four straight and took the opening set 25-18.
The teams were then in a deadlock, trading points in the middle of the set until Parkland took a 14-13 lead, one it would not relinquish. The Trojans scored four straight and took the opening set 25-18 and went on to win the match Trojans 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 25-22).
“I like how hard our players are pursuing the ball,” said head coach Mike Krause. “They demonstrated the ability to absorb strategy and apply it in live play. They showed the ability to adjust the game strategy as the match progressed. They were able to defend against two of the top hitters in the league. The chemistry is very strong. They showed a lot of growth since the first week of the season.”
The Green Hornets fought back and were able to win set two, tying the match at one-game apiece. They fell behind early but rallied to come out on top.
The Trojans never trailed in the third set. They broke an 18-18 tie to win 25-21. Then Parkland came out victorious in another back-and-forth fourth set with a kill by Brynn Dreisbach.
The Parkland players at the front of the net came up large all night.
“The coaching staff has been working on the technique on both their blocking and hitting,” Krause said. “The power of their swings reflects the time they have spent in the weight room along with their verticality in the jumping phase at the net.
“We have been working on the hitting with a variety of shots and the location needed to attack the opponents defense. They showed growth in that area. The blocking was better with the location of their hands above the net and the timing of the jump. It is a work in progress. They showed they are getting better in both areas.”
Parkland was paced by Dreisbach, who led all hitters with 24 kills and 14 digs. Amber Resendez notched 12 kills and Jackie Malitzki passed the ball around well, ending up with 45 assists.
It was a well-timed victory for the Trojans after they fell to Central Catholic in the match before.
“What stood out to me was from a mental and physical side,” said Krause. “We went five (sets) with Central on the road and came back and went four with Emmaus, both very emotional matches.
“The crowd showed a lot of support for both teams. It was great to see the students supporting the girls on the court. With the ability to answer runs by Emmaus and keep their mental focus for a two-hour match in back-to-back matches, that stood out to me. The girls understand our emphasis to focus and maintain good physical conditioning in preparation for the season.”