Posted/Updated: 5/26/2017 3:37:28 PM

Bacon making most of only season with Emmaus boys volleyball

For three years, Ken Dunkle begged unsuccessfully for Noah Bacon to come out for his Emmaus boys volleyball team.

In year four, the pleading paid off. And the Green Hornets are reaping the rewards.

Bacon racked up 11 kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace Thursday night as Emmaus swept Whitehall for the District 11 Class 3A championship at Allen’s Sewards Gymnasium.

“He’s been showing it all season,” Dunkle said. “He’s actually disappointed he hasn’t played four years for me, and so am I.”

The 6-foot-4 senior outside hitter had a solid reason for not hitting the hardwood each spring. He was always busy during that time with club soccer, which helped earn him a scholarship to play at Le Moyne College.

Bacon still played volleyball during the summer, though, in four-man sand leagues with the Green Hornets' coaching staff. Dunkle saw the potential he had, even though Bacon hadn’t played organized volleyball since middle school.

But once Bacon had his future solidified, convinced by his dad and Dunkle he joined the volleyball team this spring.

“Soccer was pretty tough in the spring with club, so now that that died down a little bit and I committed to college, I definitely had time to play this year,” Bacon said.

The move from doubles beach volleyball to six-on-six indoor volleyball wasn’t just a seamless process, Bacon said. He was constantly moving in doubles matches, touching the ball on just about every possession. On the indoor circuit, he had to learn to transition from offense to defense quicker.

“It definitely took a little while,” he said. “The guys welcomed me right away from day one, so all the great players on our team that were already here before me were definitely helping me. Without them, there’s no way I’d be the player I am.”

If there was any rust to shake off, Bacon certainly wasn’t showing by Thursday night. He was right in the middle of the action from the get go and helped spark the Green Hornets to their second title of postseason with their eyes set on one more.

“(Bacon) is a great asset,” junior setter Cameron Parsons said. “We wish he could have been here the past three years, but we’re glad to have him out this year.”

 

 


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