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Trojans avenge volleyball loss with sweep

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

When the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams last took the court against each other two weeks ago, the Hornets accomplished a feat that was not only a long coming for them, but also every other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.

Emmaus swept the Trojans in straight sets two weeks ago, ending a 120-match win streak for Parkland dating back to 2009.

But beating a team twice in the same season, let alone in a two-week span is tough, and Parkland had even more motivation this time around.

The Trojans came out and returned the favor Monday night, beating the Green Hornets 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-14 at Parkland High School.

“We knew that they would be ready and would be making certain adjustments since the last match,” said Emmaus head coach Gwen Millets. “We talked a lot about it and what to expect. We had a great practice on Saturday, but unfortunately we just didn’t click tonight and didn’t have it. Sometimes you don’t have it, and with it being such a big rivalry, when you don’t have your top game it’s disappointing.”

The loss to Parkland comes after a five-game defeat to Central Catholic. Emmaus (9-3) does not have long to reflect on this one as they face a Nazareth (10-4) team on Wednesday night that took them to four games earlier this season.

“This has been the toughest part of our season,” Millets said. “These last few weeks have been our hardest stretch, and the girls look forward to the challenges. We have to look at things we did well and things we need to improve on moving forward now. Come Wednesday we’ll be ready to go again.”

Macy Van Den Elzen finished with seven kills and five blocks, and Adelina Rivera-Woolard had 14 kills and two blocks. Kelsie Baus tallied five digs, and Georgia Traynor had 13 digs. Caroline Bond contributed 31 assists and eight digs for Emmaus.