EHS falls in D-11 final
It had been over a decade since the Emmaus girls volleyball team won a district title. Coming into last week’s finals as the top seed, the Hornets needed only to defeat the four-time defending champs in the title match.
Playing in their first district championship game since 2014 and looking to become just the second girls volleyball program to win a district title since the 1995 team, the Hornets met a tall task in rival and perennial district championship participant Parkland.
The Trojans, who had seem to be peaking at the perfect time at the end of the season, were just too much for Emmaus as they swept the Hornets by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 27-25 last Thursday night at Catasauqua High School in the District 11 Class 4A final.
It is the fifth consecutive district championship for Parkland, which beat Emmaus for the second time this season and became just the second team all year to defeat the Green Hornets in straight sets. The Trojans also gave Emmaus its first loss in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play during the regular season.
“I was really happy we made it back into the championship match and I was really proud of the girls for working so hard to get there,” said Emmaus head coach Gwen Millets. “Parkland is always a tough team and I thought we played well tonight, we just came up a little short against them.”
Parkland went ahead by a large margin in both the first and second sets.
In the opening set, the Trojans held set-point, but the Green Hornets would not go down as they netted six straight before falling 25-17.
The opening of the second set was more of the same as Parkland jumped out to an early lead en route to a set two victory.
Parkland used its height and athletic hitters at the net to score a lot of its points. Grace Steurer (14 kills) and Adriana Goetz-Morales (12 kills, 3 aces) caused the Green Hornets fits all match.
In a back-and-forth third set, Emmaus held game point twice, but Parkland was able to finish off the set and ultimately the match.
Macy Van Den Elzen led the way up front for the Green Hornets, finishing with 20 kills. Jaya Bhagat tallied seven kills and four blocks. Defensively, Kelsie Baus had 14 digs, Mia Pickering had six and Maiah Sabol contributed five. Senior setter Caroline Bond added 27 assists and 12 digs.
“We are looking forward to our match in states and are excited to be in the state tournament,” Millets said.
Emmaus moved on to the state championship tournament and met the second place team from District 1, Garnet Valley Tuesday. That game was played after Press deadline.