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PRESS PHOTO BY ROB MERCHANT Emmaus' Trevor McLean rises for a spike against Northampton in Monday's Lehigh Valley Conference semifinal. PRESS PHOTO BY ROB MERCHANT Emmaus' Trevor McLean rises for a spike against Northampton in Monday's Lehigh Valley Conference semifinal.

Kids oust Emmaus from LVC tourney

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com in HS Sports

To say that Deb Schlosser was disappointed in her team's effort Monday night in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball semifinals would be an understatement.

The Green Hornets were swept by Northampton 24-26, 13-25, 19-25 to crash out of the LVC title race.

Parkland and Northampton will square off for the title Wednesday at 7 pm at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, which leaves a sour taste for Emmaus.

"It would be fair to say I'm disappointed with how we played," said Schlosser. "You know it's ok to have one bad game, but when you're up 23-21 in the first game and can't side out? Then we just couldn't get anything together in the second game either."

Northampton pulled out the game one victory by coming back from a 23-21 deficit to steal the win. The Kids kept the momentum going in game two, building an 8-3 lead before an Emmaus timeout. The reprieve from the court didn't help Emmaus, as Northampton reeled off the next nine points to build a massive 17-3 advantage that never gave the Hornets a chance to comeback.

With Emmaus looking up from there, the Hornets could never recover, holding a slight lead in game three before the Kids eventually took that away from them.

"We had one kid crack during the match and then it kind of spread to other players during the match," Schlosser said. "The kids could see it and once you see it, it's contagious."

Emmaus now moves onto district play, where they'll wait to see who their opponent will be when the tournament opens Thursday afternoon.

"We didn't win the LVC title last year and still came back to win districts," said Schlosser. "We've been through this before this year, but this is going to be up to our seniors to lead this team. They've got to want it."