EHS knocks off Parkland
Emmaus vs. Parkland matchups are important in every sport. The student-athletes know each other and want to beat one another.
In volleyball, the Trojans have been a dominant force over the last decade-plus, winning the last four District 11 championships. They have also gotten the better of the Hornets in a majority of those years.
But last Thursday night at Emmaus High School, Emmaus broke through and defeated Parkland, coming from behind in dramatic fashion.
Down two sets to one, the Hornets won the next two to stave off its first loss of the season and remain unbeaten at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Emmaus won the match by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-13, with every set decided by an average of four points.
“Our girls have a lot of heart and they know the importance of the Parkland matches during the year for our sport and all the sports here at Emmaus,” said head coach Gwen Millets. “They want to play well and they want to win and they did that. They didn’t let being down two sets to one defeat them. They just kept fighting back, and fighting back every single point. It was such an exciting match to watch.”
After winning the first set 25-18, the widest margin of sets in the match, Emmaus led again for a long portion of both the second and third sets. But as champions do, the Trojans never quit and rallied to win both sets.
But just as it looked like the Green Hornets just couldn’t get over the hump, they fought back to take the next two sets by a combined five points.
Junior Penn State commit Macy Van Den Elzen had a night she will never forget. She finished with 35 kills and six digs.
“She had an amazing night,” Millets said. “If you look in the past of the record-holders at our school, just in my head that has to be up there, it just has to be. One fantastic game by Macy. I think everyone pulled together out there to be a part of this victory.”
Senior setter Caroline Bond set a new career-high with 47 assists and 16 digs. Sophomore Jaya Bhagat added 12 kills, Rebecca Dalstad had 16 digs and Makenzie Krasley contributed six blocks.
The match win over Parkland capped a stellar week for Emmaus, which included 3-0 wins over Northampton on Tuesday and Southern Lehigh on Wednesday, both in the friendly confines of the Hornets’ Nest.
“All three of those teams are top teams,” said Millets. “We know that we always play a tough schedule, and with the way it’s laid out we knew this first week was going to be one of our toughest weeks and the girls were prepared for that. When the games are here they just bring the energy and they know that they want to defend their home court.”
Emmaus has a tough week this week with matches at home against Nazareth and at Whitehall. The Blue Eagles eliminated the Hornets in both the league and district playoffs a season ago.