The 2017 PIAA tournament brackets have been finalized. See the AA and AAA brackets below.
2017 PIAA AAA Tournament bracket (OFFICIAL PIAA with locations and times) 2017 PIAA AA Tournament bracket (OFFICIAL PIAA with locations and times)
Parkland saw its 2017 season come to an end in another hard fought match, falling to Whitehall 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23). The win advances Whitrehall into the District XI AAA final against #1 Emmaus who fly past Nazareth in the other semifinal 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-13). Parkland's 5 seniors helped the Trojans to a 16-4 overall record this year. Those 5 seniors (Ben Hambel, Sai Mallipedhi, Aaron Kuhlman, Michael Zeky and Garrett Weigel) leave enormous shoes to fill. All of their leadership and dedication to the Parkland Boys Volleyball program is forever noted and greatly appreciated by the coaches, families and fans.
The District XI AAA tournament started on Thursday night with the quarterfinal rounds taking place at the higher seeds gyms. Parkland played host to Liberty and came out with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-23) win to advance to the DXI semifinals on Tuesday. Garrett Weigel finished with 9 kills and 2 aces while Michael Zeky added 7 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces. The win moves the Trojans to 16-3 on the seasons.
Next up for the Trojans is yet another matchup with Whitehall in the District XI AAA semifinals. That match will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at Allen HS beginning at 7:00pm. Prior to that match, Emmaus will take on Nazareth in the other semifinal. That match begins at 5:30pm.
2017 District XI AAA Boys Volleyball Bracket
For the second time in 4 days, Parkland fell to Whitehall, this most recent time a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20) defeat in the EPC semifinals last night at Easton Middle School. Garrett Weigel lead the way with 14 kills and 2 aces while Michael Zeky added 10 kills and 3 blocks. The loss means that Parkland will not be playing for a conference championship for the first time since 2012. The Trojans had won the last 4 EPC/LVIAC championships after losing in the LVIAC final to Emmaus in 2012.
Whitehall will take on top-seeded Emmaus in the championship match on Wednesday night. Emmaus defeated Nazareth 3-0 in the other semifinal. The championship match will begin at 6:00pm at Easton Middle School.
FUN FACT: Adding this match with the 5 set match last Thursday, the Trojans and Zephyrs have played 8 sets to 25. The average score of those 8 sets is Whitehall 24.25 - Parkland 23.375.
After some confusion over the seedings, the official bracket has been released. There are two 1st Round matches before the quarterfinals. Those matches will be held at the highest seed of the 3 teams (Emmaus and Whitehall). Parkland opens the tournament with a home match against #6 Liberty on Thursday at 6:00pm.