Hornets fall just short in title match
In the rubber match against the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams, neither team gave in, and several sets were decided by just a few points. One set even went well past the 25-point victory.
The third-seeded Green Hornets (18-7 overall) played energized and were ready for the bright lights, but their fight came up just short, and the fifth-seeded Trojans (17-5) once again stepped up when it mattered most in winning the District 11 4A title 3-1 by scores of 35-33, 25-17, 17-25, 25-16 last Thursday night at Catasauqua High School. It was the sixth straight district championship for Parkland.
“I thought the girls played hard all match,” said first-year Hornet head coach Brianne Giangiobbe. “They played with a lot of energy. You could tell right away in the first set. It was tough having to lose that and not gain momentum, but I’m proud of the way they played tonight and continued to fight.”
The opening set was the most points scored and the longest either team has gone this season. Neither team had a lead of more than three points throughout the set, and the Green Hornets had more opportunities to close it out, but were unable to find that last point as seven different times they held match point.
“It wasn’t mistake-oriented,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause. “It was point-oriented. That’s the part I was proud of. Emmaus wasn’t making errors. We weren’t making errors. It was a battle. I told the girls, that’s what championships are about.
“Kudos to Emmaus, because they just kept on bringing the heat and playing, and we kept on playing. It actually was fun. I was crediting Brianne [Giangiobbe]. We were fortunate to get the upper hand.”
Parkland kept up its momentum in the second set, taking an 18-11 lead and holding on. Emmaus took set three 25-17 before watching the Trojans get the better of them in the fourth.
Jaya Bhagat finished with team-highs of 17 kills and 18 digs and Macy Van Den Elzen tallied 14 kills and seven digs. The Hornets were led defensively by Kelsie Baus (18 digs), and Kassidy Hallman (15 digs).
Emmaus advances to the state playoffs. The Hornets played a first-round game Tuesday. A win would put them in Saturday’s quarterfinals.