|Posted/Updated: 5/28/2021 2:43:39 PM|
District 11 3A boys volleyball: Parkland downs Emmaus for crown
By DANTE TERENZIO
THE MORNING CALL |
MAY 27, 2021 AT 10:09 PM
A five-set loss in last weekend’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference finals didn’t sit well with coach Scott Trumbauer or his Parkland boys volleyball team.
It wasn’t the outcome they wanted but the Trojans did gain knowledge on rival Emmaus.
So when the two teams were set to square off again — this time in the District 11 Class 3A finals — Parkland recalled that information and came up with a solid game plan.
“Taking away the outside was 100% the game plan because we know they have two very good outside hitters,” Trumbauer said. “That’s no secret. That’s what got them here. That’s why they will be playing in the state tournament.”
That strategy helped Parkland flip its fortunes, as the Trojans knocked off the Green Hornets 3-1 [25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20] to claim their first district title since 2016 on Thursday at Allen High School.
Seniors Jordan Lewis and JT Siggins once again led the offensive charge for the Trojans. Lewis (11 kills) and Siggins (10 kills) put the ball down at crucial points throughout the match, but more importantly, brought unwavering energy to their side of the court.
“Me and the boys had a goal at the beginning of the season and that was to win districts. And that’s what we did,” an elated Siggins said. “We brought great energy into the match and we were all focused. We’re very excited going forward. We want more.”
Parkland maintained a five-point lead for almost all of the first set and closed it out at 25-21.
Emmaus came to play in the early stages of the second set as it took a commanding 10-2 lead. The Trojans clawed back to tie the score three times, but the Green Hornets were able to close it out at 25-23.
In the third, Parkland held numerous leads and never allowed Emmaus to go on a run, mostly due to a big defensive effort from Azhar Sumar (15 digs) and Ben Robbins (11 digs).
The fourth set looked similar to the third as the Trojans were pushed, but were never in any real danger. The match ended when Mason Bergstein (45 assists) fed Lewis for one final kill and the district title.
In his fifth district final throughout three sports, an emotional Lewis finally struck gold.
“This means everything to us and it just feels great,” said Lewis, who also plays football and basketball for Parkland. “I’ve been playing sports with some of these guys since fourth grade and there’s no one else I’d rather be out here with.”
The runner-up Green Hornets were led by Kyle McKiernan, who had a match high 15 kills, as well as nine digs. Also contributing were Nick Blose (7 kills, 12 digs), Ben Maskiell (19 assists), and Gannon DeFrain (13 assists).
Next up for both teams is the first round of the PIAA tournament on Tuesday.
The Trojans will play the third place team from the District 3/6 sub-regional tournament.
There are no easy matchups for the Trojans going forward, but this is not unfamiliar territory. The team won a state title back in 2015.
“This is the 10th district title in program history and it fills the next line on our banner,” Trumbauer said. “I want them to appreciate their accomplishments and be able to look back 10-15 years from now and be proud. But for now, we will look ahead to states.”
Despite the loss, Emmaus will also focus in on the PIAA tournament next week. The team has a favorable draw, especially in the first round, where they will meet the District 2 champion.
Dante Terenzio is a freelance writer.
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