Posted/Updated: 5/25/2018 8:19:51 AM

Emmaus sweeps Whitehall for District 11 3A volleyball championship

The Emmaus boys volleyball team has been in a class of its own in District 11 for the past two years.

After Thursday’s performance, the Green Hornets once again proved their dominance with a sweep of Whitehall [25-23, 25-12, 25-23] in the District 11 Class 3A final at Allen High School.

“We started a little tight. Going into set two, I told them to just go out and play, and that’s when we jumped on them,” Emmaus coach Ken Dunkle said. “We are excited to win a district title, but the kids are more focused on getting another crack at a state championship.”

Led by solid efforts from its usual stars, Emmaus looked strong in the finals. James Haag was his usual self, logging in a match-high 13 kills.

Cameron Parsons (8 kills and 30 assists) and Stephen Reynolds (14 digs) also came up big against Whitehall.

“For Stephen to have 14 digs as an outside hitter, that was a good thing,” Dunkle said. “James came up big as well.”

Next up for Emmaus is the PIAA first round, where it will take on Central of Philadelphia, the District 12 runner-up.

“The kids are focused and ready to play at the state tournament,” Dunkle said. “I like our first-round matchup. Now, it’s back to work.”

Leading the way for the Zephyrs in the finals were Joseph Herman (10 kills) and Alex Khouri (9 kills).

With the runner-up finish, Whitehall has also qualified for the PIAA tournament and will play the District 3 third-place finisher in the first round.

“We were definitely good enough [Thursday] in sets one and three to win and push the match to five,” Whitehall coach George Cowitch said. “Emmaus is a good team, and you have to give them credit. We as a program, have to be excited where we will be going, only having one senior.”

DISTRICT 1/11 CLASS 2A SUBREGIONAL

After earning a come-from-behind victory in Tuesday’s District 11 Class 2A final, Bethlehem Catholic’s season came to a close at the hands of Dock Mennonite on Thursday at Bensalem High School.

The Pioneers, who also defeated the Golden Hawks in the same round last year, were at the top of their game in a 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 sweep.

“We played really well the first set and we felt confident. However, we had a breakdown of serve receive late in set one, and that was an important first set,” Becahi coach Jeff Koch said. “We just couldn’t pass the ball well enough against the tough serves from Dock. We never had a chance to really open up our offense due to the passes not getting to our setter. We always showed a lot of fight throughout, but Dock was the better team on this night.”

Nick Hulbert (7 kills), Jacob Sledz (9 digs), and Mike Spirk (21 assists) led the Golden Hawks.

Dante Terenzio a freelance writer.


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