Posted/Updated: 6/29/2017 11:24:57 AM

Morning Call boys volleyball: Cam Parsons of Emmaus is player of year

The Emmaus High boys volleyball coaching staff knew exactly what it was getting when Cam Parsons moved up to the varsity team a couple of years ago.

Parsons transitioned into a setter last year and has been running a solid Green Hornet offense ever since.

Surrounded by a wealth of talent, Parsons led the Green Hornets to one of their most successful seasons in school history. Parsons, a junior, finished the season with 119 points, 133 digs, 731 assists and 39 service aces.

For his impressive statistics and outstanding leadership, Parsons is The Morning Call boys volleyball player of the year.

"I first coached Cam when he was 11 years old," Emmaus coach Ken Dunkle said. "He's always had a great foundation to work from, so Coach [Jarred] Kostic has been refining those skills and we've been encouraging him to be a leader on the team. When he was a freshman, we ran a 6-2 offense with a senior setter so we could transition Cam into running a varsity offense for a year."

Parsons, along all-area selections James Haag, Brendan Dunkle, Carson Landis and Noah Bacon, played huge roles in the Green Hornets' success this season. Following an unbeaten regular season, Emmaus ran through the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament with ease.

Emmaus was more impressive in the district tournament as it claimed the title without dropping a set. Then, at the state tournament, Parsons went on a tear. The Green Hornet setter registered 51 assists, 11 digs and four kills in the PIAA quarterfinals. In the semifinals a few days later, Parsons contributed 45 assists in a tough four-set loss to Central York.

"Cam is one of those kids that you know is special right off the bat. He was obviously going to be key to our success as a team from the start," Ken Dunkle said. "I think as the season progressed, he continued to grow into a leader. But I know he's capable of much more."

Parsons will undoubtedly continue his volleyball career after his high school playing days conclude. But first, Parsons will continue to lead the Green Hornets in his final season.

"It's been fun watching him grow into the role and I'm excited to see what next year brings," Dunkle said.

Dante Terenzio is a freelance writer.

 

 


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