Emmaus wins EPC volleyball
The Emmaus boys volleyball team decided to continue with its trend for the 2018 season.
In somewhat nondramatic fashion, the Green Hornets have won all but one of their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches this season by 3-0 sweeps. That only time they didn’t sweep an opponent was last week against Parkland in the EPC semifinals, where the Hornets were taken to the brink, winning in five games.
They must not have liked how that felt, because last Wednesday night the Hornets (18-0 EPC) made quick work of Whitehall (17-3), winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 to take their second consecutive EPC championship at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium.
“Parkland played well,” said head coach Ken Dunkle. “They were very scrappy. They had nothing to lose. I think my guys came in thinking that they’d won it. When Parkland pushed back, they were a little surprised. Tonight, the message was just to go out and have fun, stop playing tight, stop worrying about it and do what you’re capable of doing. They played much looser tonight and they had a well-balanced attack.”
Senior setter Cam Parsons will take winning in three any day over having to go the distance and survive.
“We’re all really proud of what we did, especially coming off kind of a nail-biter on Monday,” Parsons said. “We didn’t want it to be like that. We changed our mentality going into the game, pretty much expecting the worst. We knew that we had to play our game. When we kept our energy up and played our game, it worked out the way we wanted it to.”
The Hornets were never really challenged in any game.
In game one they raced out to a 12-4 lead and kept their advantage at the eight-point mark for most of the game, until a Zephyrs service error ended it at 25-16.
Game two was the closest, as Emmaus was pushed its hardest.
Whitehall kept pace and even tied the game at 16-16, but led by an ace from Mitchell Shoemaker to cap it off, the Green Hornets scored nine of the next 12 points to win 25-19.
“We knew that winning like we did in game one wasn’t going to be like that every game,” said Hornet senior James Haag. “Whitehall is a good team, and we’ve seen that this season before. They came out strong in game two and gave us their best shot. We have to be ready at all times.”
The Green Hornets took the notice and stepped it up in game three to close it out. They took a 15-11 game and made it 19-11, before a Whitehall hitting error allowed Emmaus to celebrate once again.
Parsons finished with 35 assists. Haag, Swanson and Stephen Reynolds each had seven kills. Harrison Dottery tallied nine digs for the Green Hornets.
Emmaus was well represented in the EPC All-Conference team. Parsons and Swanson were joined on the team by EPC MVP Haag.
The defending district champion Green Hornets earned the top seed in the District 11 3A tournament. They defeated Northampton last week in the quarterfinals and take on Nazareth in the semifinals (Tuesday). The final is tomorrow at 6 p.m. back at Allen.