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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBCaroline Bond earned her 2,000th career assist during last week’s win over rival Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBCaroline Bond earned her 2,000th career assist during last week’s win over rival Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBGeorgia Traynor and Rebecca Dalstad (4) look to dig a ball during last week’s win over Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBGeorgia Traynor and Rebecca Dalstad (4) look to dig a ball during last week’s win over Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Girls volleyball knocks off Trojans

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

It was a long time coming. For the entire Emmaus girls volleyball roster, it hadn’t happened during any of their high school careers.

When the Green Hornets took down rival Parkland in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School, it was the first victory for Emmaus over the Trojans since the 2013 season.

“Coming into any game against Parkland, everyone is always hyped up,” said junior setter Caroline Bond. “It’s a huge rivalry in every sport. We know mentally coming in that they are a really good team every year. It doesn’t matter the name on their jersey, we have a good team as well and can beat anyone. Any team can be beaten on any given night. Our team just had a lot of energy tonight, and that really helped us through the match.”

Bond experienced the highs and lows during the match.

During the first set, she recorded her 2,000th career assist. The game was stopped for a quick celebration.

“I honestly didn’t know when it was coming,” said Bond. “I try not to think about individual accomplishments as much as the team winning games. When the timeout happened after the point I was shocked, but when I realized what happened it was a great feeling.”

But then during the second set, Bond faced a new challenge. She jumped into the air, fading back to set a pass, and landed awkwardly, hurting her knee. But it didn’t take long for her to get back out on the court.

“I never really come out of a game because of my position, and I’ve never really gotten hurt,” Bond said. “It was a really weird situation and I didn’t know how to react. It was really important that we didn’t lose our focus or energy level and kept pushing on while I was out.”

It was a back-and-forth first set that Emmaus held onto in the end.

After winning the first set, the Hornets’ confidence rose and they took care of business in the next two sets of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup of state-ranked teams.