There was a scary moment in the third set when juniors Jaffer and Rahul Jasapara were involved in a violent collision. Jasapara stayed down on the court for a while and was checked out by the team trainer. Jaffer, in his first game back after an injury, was able to get up and told the trainer that he was not injured and both players were able to continue.

“Jaffer is our emotional leader and our vocal leader; you won’t hear him up in the stands, but he is directing traffic on the court and is the driver on defense,” said coach Scott Trumbauer.

The blocking at the net was the primary reason that Parkland was able to get the straight set win. Trumbauer believes that blocking has been a big reason for the success that the team has had this season and it was especially good against Nazareth.

“We had Chase Robbins (6 feet, 2 inches), Luke Smith (6 feet,1 inch) and Owen Rodgers (6 feet, 3 inches) in a rotation and that is our biggest lineup and we got where we were there for a while. We were doing an excellent job of taking away the court,” said Trumbauer. “We don’t have to block them every time, but if we can block as a team, it frustrates them and makes them not able to find the court means we are doing our job then.

Robbins was proud of the play that he and his net mates were able to provide the team with in the win. He likes the way the team is playing and believes that they are in position to make deep runs through the postseason.

“If we close blocks – and we do a lot of the time – we succeed because then we have the other areas covered,” Robbins said. “We have been working on receiving service and that’s something every team can always improve on. We also need to be a little better on setting; that needs some improvement, but other than that, we are good.”

Emmaus keeps pace

The Hornets (14-0, 10-0) met up with the Spartans from Southern Lehigh (11-2) Friday night and came away with a three sets to one win to stay undefeated and tied for the top spot in the EPC with Parkland. The two teams match up Thursday night at Parkland. Southern Lehigh is at the top of the hill in the District 2A race, but the Colonial League does not have a playoff system.

After Friday night’s games, Emmaus, Parkland, Nazareth, Liberty (10-3, 8-3), Whitehall (10-5, 7-3), and Freedom (9-7, 7-3) have all clinched spots in the EPC tournament.

Chuck Hixson is a freelance writer.