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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Jakie Mlitzki and Lauren Ceh go up for a block during an early-season match against Emmaus. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Jakie Mlitzki and Lauren Ceh go up for a block during an early-season match against Emmaus. Copyright - DonHerb

Girls volleyball wins four straight matches

Friday, September 27, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland girls volleyball team has been on a roll of late, and that momentum continued last Wednesday night as the Trojans took down Whitehall in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.

The victory, coupled with wins over Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg North less than a week after, Parkland (12-5-1 overall, 6-3 EPC) has won four conference matches in-a-row, all in straight sets.

“We just have the mindset of all or nothing,” said Lauren Ceh. “We want to always go 100 percent for every point. You never want to have regret or ask what if you went harder. When you go out and give it your all you know you can live for what happens next.”

Leah Brunnabend tallied 10 kills and Brynn Dreisbach recorded seven to lead the way at the net for the Trojans. Ceh had three kills but had the highest hitting percentage on the team, and that is one of the things that head coach Mike Krause likes even more than the number of kills.

“Lauren had a tremendous night hitting the ball,” said Krause. “We preach about hitting strong at the net but also being consistent. She had both of that working for her tonight.”

Neither set was close as Parkland took early leads and continued to push forward.

Parkland lost early EPC matches to Central Catholic and Northampton, but have come on strong of late. Those defeats, along with some assistance at practice, has helped guide the Trojans hitters along the way.

“Those matches have gone a long way in helping us battle each match,” Ceh said about the early matches this season. “Our managers have been a big help for us too. We call them Mount Stuffmore because they’re bigger blockers from the boys team and going up to try and get kills over them makes a huge difference from what we see in regular matches. If they block us it just gives us an extra motivation.”

Parkland had a match against Bethlehem Catholic yesterday and hosts Allen tonight before playing in the Little Lion Invitational on Saturday.