In another back-and-forth battle with Whitehall, the Trojans seemed to be in control before the Zephyrs roared back to take the 5th set and the match 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-10, 16-14). The loss closes out the Trojans season while Whitehall advances into the District XI AAA final against reigning champion Emmaus. Emmaus advanced into the final with another convincing win over Nazareth 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18).
Parkland's four seniors (Nick Mohr, Brayden Koch, Derek Hockenberry and RJ Corba) will be greatly missed next year. Their time and commitment to the Parkland Volleyball program have set a great stage for the underclassmen and future players in the program.
2018 District XI AAA Boys Volleyball Championship Bracket
Parkland loaded their bus on Thursday afternoon and made the long trip to Delaware Valley High School to begin the District XI AAA tournament. Fortunately for the Trojans, the only issues they encountered were the multiple traffic lights that were out of power along their route. The Trojans arrived at DVHS on time and left with two wins, advancing them to the District XI AAA semifinal on Tuesday. In the 1st Round match against #11 Wyoming Valley West, Parkland made up for some lost time by cruising to a 3-0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-15) win. In the Quarterfinal match against host #3 Delaware Valley, Parkland started quick, building large leads in all three sets before closing out the Warriors 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20). DV showed some signs of physical play but Parkland defensive effort seemed to have an answer every time. Logan Iacobelli had a lot of digs, while Ian Dashukewich added 10 blocks and 9 kills.
Next up for the Trojans is the District XI AAA semifinal match with #2 Whitehall. That match will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd at 5:30pm @ Allen HS. The winner advances to the final against the winner of #1 Emmaus and #5 Nazareth. The final will be held on Thursday, May 24th. Both teams that make the final also qualify for the PIAA AAA state tournament.
The 2018 District XI AAA bracket has been officially released. #6 Parkland will travel to Delaware Valley High School on Thursday to take on #11 Wyoming Valley West at 5:00pm. The winner of that match will take on host #3 Delaware Valley at 6:30pm. The winner of that match will take on the Winner of #2 Whitehall vs winner of #7 Liberty and #10 Easton.
The official District XI AAA bracket is posted on the DXI website under Tournament Brackets (2A | 3A):http://districtxi.com/spring/volleyball-b#c1
#1 Emmaus defeated #2 Whitehall in the EPC Championship 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-15) to claim back-to-back titles.
2018 EPC Boys Volleyball Championships Bracket
Despite Emmaus' dominance over DXI team this season, they faced a huge test against a young Trojan team on Monday night as the underdog Trojans pushed the Hornets to a 5th set before the Hornets pulled out the win 27-29, 25-19, 25-21, 26-28, 15-2. For the Trojans, Logan Iacobelli lead the defensive effort with 30 digs while his brother Ben Iacobelli added 20 digs. Offensively, Ian Dashukewich exploded for 10 kills and 2 blocks while Derek Hockenberry also added 10 kills.
The win puts Emmaus into the EPC Final against #2 Whitehall who topped Nazareth in the other semifinal 3-2 (30-32, 25-17, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12). The EPC Final will take place Wednesday night at Allen HS beginning at 6:00pm.
Next up for the Trojans is a long road trip to Delaware Valley High School on Thursday for the 1st Round of the District XI AAA tournament. The Trojans will take on #11 Wyoming Valley West at 5:00pm. The winner of that match will play host #3 Delaware Valley immediately following the first match, at approximately 6:30pm. The winner of that match will play the winner of #2 Whitehall vs #7 Liberty / #10 Easton winner the following Tuesday.
EPC Semifinals Results#1 Emmaus def. #4 Parkland 3-2 (27-29, 25-19, 25-21, 26-28, 15-2)#2 Whitehall def. #3 Nazareth 3-2 (30-32, 25-17, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12)
2018 EPC Boys Volleyball Playoff Bracket