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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Matt Swanson looks to spike a ball during a recent game against Northampton. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Matt Swanson looks to spike a ball during a recent game against Northampton. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Emmaus' Nick Blose digs a ball to get the Emmaus offense started during an early-season match as teammate Stephen Reynolds looks on. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Emmaus' Nick Blose digs a ball to get the Emmaus offense started during an early-season match as teammate Stephen Reynolds looks on. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Volleyball starts 12-0

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys volleyball team entered its 2018 season with high goals and expectations. To this point in the season, the Hornets have met those expectations.

Last Wednesday, Emmaus remained unbeaten by taking down Allen in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-20 at Emmaus High School.

“We’ve had a good start to the season and that’s always important,” said senior Matt Swanson. “We’ve been coming together as a team and really focusing on gelling and playing together. We want to keep working on getting to a higher level of play, and when we get there it will be a good spot to be in.”

Swanson was one of eight Emmaus players to record at least one kill. He tallied one kill, one dig and one block on the night. Classmate James Haag recorded four kills, seven digs and one service ace. These are two of the players that head coach Ken Dunkle will rely on heavily this season for production.

“There’s been a leadership gap from the great seniors that we had on the team last year,” Swanson said. “Cam [Parsons], James and I are the three seniors with some playing experience from last year, so we’re just trying to encourage and pick up the younger guys to perform well and fill in those shoes.”

“We don’t want to dwell on the success that we had last year,” said Haag. “This is a new team and we want to have another great year. With the guys that we have, I think we are capable of that if we continue to work hard. We just have to keep focus and work hard and see where that takes us.”

The Canaries (0-4) never really challenged the Green Hornets (12-0 overall, 5-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) in any set, but scored 20 points in game three and made Emmaus work hard for every point.

“We just use matches like this to get better and emphasize plays that we might see in other matches down the road,” said Swanson. “We still want to work hard and play like we could lose in any given match.”

Thomas Mazzella and Nick Blose led Emmaus with six kills each. Owen Kennedy and Stephen Reynolds both had three kills.

The Hornets have won all five of their conference games and took first place at the Red Rover Invitational on March 24 for a perfect start to the season.

“We’ve all been working really hard at practice to improve our games,” said Haag. “So we’re not surprised by this start, but we just want to keep gaining momentum here early in the season to grow our confidence.”

Emmaus has matches this week against Nazareth (Tuesday) and at Pocono Mountain West (Thursday) before hosting rival Parkland next Tuesday (April 17) at 6:30.