PHS girls volleyball tops Central
The Parkland girls volleyball team had its most challenging portion of the 2019 regular season schedule this past week. Following an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match at East Stroudsburg North, a 3-0 victory, the Trojans were downed in five sets to perennial District 11 power Bethlehem Catholic, and then defeated Allen in straight sets.
Following that full slate of conference matches, Parkland traveled to State College to compete in a highly competitive Little Lions Invitational. The Trojans went 5-2-1, including wins over state powers such as Central Dauphin and Southern Lehigh, along with Conneaut Area, Shaler Area and Hedgesville.
Parkland followed that up with one of its biggest conference wins this season, taking down four-time District 11 Class 3A champion Central Catholic in straight sets by scores of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-22 last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
“I think the girls have grown in many aspects of the game,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause. “They have improved their skills all around, improved their consistency, and from the State College Tournament have really demonstrated an understanding for game management.”
The Trojans (19-9-3 overall, 8-4 EPC Skyline Division) now moved into third place in the Skyline Division, overtaking Northampton, who lost to Emmaus. Parkland already has beaten Emmaus this season and has another regular season match with the Green Hornets (10-4, 10-2) remaining on the schedule.
The Vikettes (10-2, 10-2) were at the top of the division and are now tied with Emmaus.
“I give the match tonight [against Central] as a reflection of what they’ve learned from the State College Tournament,” Krause said. “They learned how to compete against some of the best competition in the state in a very exciting environment. That weekend is going to help us immensely with achieving our goals in the postseason.”
Brynn Dreisbach led the offense with 14 kills and also had 15 digs. Amber Resendez had 13 kills, Sydney Esquires tallied seven kills and two blocks, and Lauren Ceh added six kills and five blocks. Jackie Malitzki recorded 40 assists and Leah Brunnabend led the defense with 23 digs.
Parkland finishes its week with a road game at rival Emmaus on Thursday.