Posted/Updated: 5/31/2022 10:18:47 AM

PIAA volleyball playoff preview: Northampton and Parkland set to battle state’s best

The District 11 Class 3A boys volleyball tournament was a fun one.

A number of teams threw their hats in the ring, and after the dust cleared, Northampton stood tall.

The Konkrete Kids, District 11 champs, and runner-up Parkland are now preparing for battle with the state’s best.

In the opening round, the K-Kids draw the third-place team out of a highly regarded District 3. That team, York Suburban, brings much talent to the court and will give Northampton problems.

 

The Trojans’ draw is favorable as they meet District 2 champion Abington Heights in the first round. Should Parkland win that matchup, it will most likely see the state’s top-ranked team, Central Dauphin, in the quarterfinals,

In 2A, Southern Lehigh did a nice job busting up the District 1-2-11 Subregional bracket. As the seventh-seed, the Spartans made their way to the finals before finishing runner-up to Dock Mennonite.

Like Northampton, a tough draw is in store for Southern, as it meets District 3 runner-up York Suburban in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

Here’s a closer look at the draws for the remaining local teams:

PIAA CLASS 2A

Who: York Suburban (District 3 Runner-Up) vs. Southern Lehigh (District 11 Champion; District 1-2-11 Subregional Runner-Up)

What: PIAA First-Round

Where: York Suburban High School

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Head Coaches: York Suburban: Oliver Good; Southern Lehigh: Don West, Jr.

How they got there

York Suburban (18-2): The Trojans are ranked No. 3 in the state according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Suburban beat Manheim Central in the District 3 semifinals before falling to No. 2 ranked Lower Dauphin in the finals.

Southern Lehigh (17-6): The Spartans ripped through the bottom of District 1-2-12 Subregional bracket, knocking off the No. 2 and 3 seeds to reach the finals. Southern put up a valiant effort in the finals before falling to Dock Mennonite, ranked No. 5 in the state, 3-1.

Key Players

York Suburban: Brady Stump, Luis Montalvo, Jacob Brenner, Ben Klimes, and Jackson Bryant.

Southern Lehigh: Trey West, Hansen Fan, Rocco Corradini, Reuben Smith, and Quincy Brunner.

PIAA CLASS 3A

Who: Northampton (District 11 Champion) vs. Warwick (District 3 Third-Place)

What: PIAA First-Round

Where: Northampton High School

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Head Coaches: Northampton: Sue Arndt; Warwick: Nate Gajecki

How they got there

Northampton (21-2): The Konkrete Kids enjoyed an unbelievable moment on Thursday night when they knocked off Parkland and claimed their first-ever District 11 volleyball title. Now, it’s back to reality for Northampton as they prepare for a tough task in Warwick. The K-Kids have made their money playing on high emotion. They will need that and more on Tuesday.

Warwick (18-2): The Warriors are another top-ranked team in the PIAA, coming into the week at No. 4 in 3A. Warwick fell hard in the District 3 semifinals to the top-ranked Central Dauphin, but the Warriors got back on track with a win over No. 7 Palmyra in the third place match.

Key Players

Northampton: Jackson Fehnel, Alex Schoenen, Johnny Martinez, Keller Respach, and Duane Milnes.

Warwick: Jacob Lobb, Kyle Charles, Landon Wenger, Nate Wenger, and Adam Gingrich

PIAA CLASS 3A

Who: Abington Heights (District 2 Champion) vs. Parkland (District 11 Runner-Up)

What: PIAA First-Round

Where: University of Scranton

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Head Coaches: Abington Heights: Jamie Spangler; Parkland: Scott Trumbauer

How they got there

Abington Heights (15-0): The Comets put an end to Delaware Valley’s six year District 2 title streak in convincing fashion, 3-0. Abington Heights is unranked in the state but is competing at a high level right now. That solid play will need to continue into the state tournament as they take on a always-tough Parkland program.

Parkland (18-5): While the Trojans were left reeling after a District 11 finals loss to Northampton last week, the team can look ahead to brighter days, starting with Tuesday’s matchup with the Comets. Parkland is undoubtedly the favorite here. However, both teams are unranked, and there’s always the unknown.

Key Players

Abington Heights: Nate Steenback, Nico Bossi, Collin Jenkins, Jamison Bessoir, and James Brust.

Parkland: Matt Bauer, Chase Robbins, Owen Rodgers, Azhar Sumar, and Lukas Dashukewich.


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