Posted/Updated: 6/5/2022 1:16:25 PM

PIAA volleyball: Northampton advances while Parkland’s season comes to an end

Up two sets, the Northampton boys volleyball team was seemingly on its way to the state semifinals.

But Neshaminy would not go away quietly in Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal round.

Yes, of course there was.

That’s when the never-quit mindset the K-Kids have lived by all season quickly went into effect.

Northampton saved its best for the last set, as they edged out the District 1 champion, 3-2 [25-23, 29-27, 23-25, 16-25, 15-7] at Wyomissing High School.

Later in the afternoon, Parkland fell to the state’s top-ranked team Central Dauphin, 3-1 [25-21, 19-25, 25-10, 25-13].

Northampton will meet Central Dauphin in Tuesday’s semifinal matchup at a site and time to be determined. Parkland closes out another solid season with a 19-6 record.

“[Neshaminy] came storming back, but we flipped our lineup for the fifth and that was the difference,” Northampton coach Sue Arndt said. “Everybody is over the moon excited. To win districts for the first time, then get this deep into states is so amazing.”

Once again, the Konkrete Kids received huge efforts from their senior class, most notably Alex Schoenen.

Schoenen finished with a team high 17 kills, and tacked on three blocks, four aces and 11 digs.

“Alex came on strong in the fifth set. He had a different blocker on him, and that’s what really took it to them at the end,” Arndt said. “Keller Repasch (36 assists, 16 digs, 8 kills) did really well, too. Every given moment is a different player who’s going to step up. All of them did it today.”

Jackson Fehnel and Johnny Martinez combined for 14 kills and sophomore Landon Nickischer added 9 kills to help the Northampton cause.

While the K-Kids, ranked No. 7 in the state, understand the task gets tougher in the semifinals against the highly touted Central Dauphin, the team will savor this incredible feeling.

“Coming into this program five years ago, I knew we had to build a culture. The culture is there and these boys have made it their own. For us to turn it around, to get that all-in culture and take it further is amazing because a lot of teams discounted us,” Arndt said. “We embrace being the dark horse. But we will always continue to fight. Where the journey ends, it ends, but we will fight every step of the way.”

Dante Terenzio is a freelancer for The Morning Call

 


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