PHS boys volleyball returns most of lineup
The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has been in a little title drought in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 over the last four years. The Trojans have not won a league or district championship since the 2016 season, a season that capped a three-year run as district champs.
But the 2020 edition of the Trojans, under head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 19th season, return a vast majority of last year’s group and are primed for a run this season.
How much of a season will be left when school closures end is anyone’s guess. As of this week schools were closed through early April and the high school athletic season saw mid-April as the first possible date for competitions after a week of practice upon schools reopening.
Some are speculating the season could be canceled entirely. If it gets played, the Trojans will have high expectations.
Last season, Parkland went 16-6 overall, was an EPC semifinalist, the District 11 Class 3A runners-up and qualified for the PIAA tournament, falling to eventual state runner-up Central York.
“We return a vast majority of our offense from last year and the core of last year’s defense is all back,” said Trumbauer. “It will just be about getting comfortable playing together again. We have a few positions we need to continue to work on, but things are progressing as hoped.”
Some of the key players returning with varsity experience include seniors Lucas Adam (OH), Noah Moreef (setter), Logan Iacobelli (Libero), Ben Iacobelli (DS) and Alan Uthuppan (DS), along with juniors JT Siggins (MH), Jordan Lewis (OH), Evan Hobart (OH) and Mason Bergstein (S).
Trumbauer can rely on upperclassmen leadership even outside of his returning players. Some of the newcomers that he expects to make contributions include juniors Cole Kratzer (OPP), Pranav Balabhadra (DS), Anthony Giegbefumwen (MH), Ethan Mosser (MH) and Ben Robbins (OH).
The goals and expectations are the same for as every season at PHS.
“Getting back to the EPC championship, District 11 championship and a return trip to the PIAA tournament,” Trumbauer said. “I believe we will be very competitive this year. The guys are hungry to compete and make a name for themselves.”