Posted/Updated: 10/20/2019 9:49:41 AM

Parkland defeats Becahi for girls volleyball title

Parkland’s quick start set the table for the Trojans’ first conference girls volleyball title since 2015.

The sixth-seeded Trojans defeated fifth-seeded Bethlehem Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 25-27, 25-22 on Saturday in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final at Northampton High School.

With Amber Resendez unable to play, sophomore Brynn Dreisbach registered another big effort with 14 kills and nine digs to pace the Trojans.

Dreisbach said the match was a shot at redemption for the Trojans, who lost in five sets to the Golden Hawks less than a month ago.

"We lost to them before and knew we had to get them back," Dreisbach said. "We're all excited; it's a really good feeling."
 Parkland had a new coach calling the shots in the finals. Taylor Krause stepped in for her father, Mike, while he is out of state watching his other daughter and former Parkland standout player, Kristen, compete for Penn State’s women’s team.

Taylor Krause — along with assistants Jesse Krasley, Michael Lewis, and Kelly Robertson — had a solid game plan for the Trojans.

"I think all of the coaches bring a piece to the game. With all of us chirping different things, we put together a well-oiled machine," said Taylor Krause, who was Parkland's setter on the 2011 state championship team. "I think this was a big win for us and I'm really proud of the team."

As she has throughout the tournament, Jackie Malitzki passed well for the Trojans with 37 assists. The junior also had nine digs.

"Our mindset was to play our best, have fun, and stay relaxed," Malitzki said. "I feel like everyone writes us off each year and we had to prove ourselves. We're a lot stronger than people think we are and I think we proved that today."

Also contributing for the Trojans were Leah Brunnabend (24 digs, 3 aces), Emily Mohr (12 digs) and Scarlett Jago (11 digs).

After dropping the first two sets, the Golden Hawks showed life when they gutted out a close third set.

Down 18-12 in the fourth, Becahi continued to battle, pushing the set to 24-22 before Parkland put the match away.

Bethlehem Catholic coach Kelly Brown said the EPC tournament was a huge confidence boost going forward. No other District 11 Class 3A team advanced past the EPC quarterfinals, which bodes well for Becahi.

"Today, we weren't as good and the energy wasn't there. But I think we played well throughout the week," Brown said. "I don't think anyone thought we could get this far. We showed we can hang with the top teams in the state. We are going to make some lineup changes and move on from this."

Pacing the way for the Golden Hawks were Rileigh Cummings (8 kills) and MacKenzy Ruggiero (7 kills).

Dante Terenzio is a freelance writer.

 
 
 

 


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