The Emmaus boys basketball team came one shot away from winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last season and fell one win short of playing for the District 11 Class 6A championship. The Hornets still qualified for the league tournament last season despite the lack of a postseason title.
The 2019-20 version of the Green Hornets team will look a lot different. Eight seniors graduated, including five starters and multiyear contributors to the program.
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.
In her first season as head coach, Brianne Giangiobbe has the Emmaus girls volleyball team in the postseason competing for championships.
Following a setback in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, the Green Hornets (16-5) were victorious in their first district game. Emmaus earned the No. 3 seed for districts and took down sixth-seeded Pleasant Valley (11-7) in straight sets 3-0 by scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-9 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in the District 11 Class 4A quarterfinals.
The Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams have been in a lot of competitive matches throughout the years, and the rivals have always shared high and low times against each other.
The Trojans beat Emmaus earlier in the season, 3-1 at Parkland. The Green Hornets returned the favor on their home court, taking care of the rematch 3-1 by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action.
The Emmaus boys soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start to its 2019 season. The Green Hornets won their first 13 games to start the campaign, 11 of which were East Penn Conference games. But they finally slipped up, falling on the road at Northampton last Friday.
Unfortunately for Emmaus, it wasn’t able to start a new win streak in its next game as the challenge of winning on the road showed itself once again.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team had found its groove. After losing three of their first four matches of the regular season under first-year head coach Brianne Giangiobbe, the Hornets were on a roll, winning their next eight matches.
But the recent surge ended last Thursday night, albeit competitively, as Emmaus dropped its first match since September 6, losing to Central Catholic in straight sets at Rockne Hall, 25-23, 25-8 and 28-26.
Following the Emmaus girls volleyball team’s only setback of the season, a loss at rival Parkland back on September 5, the Hornets have been on a roll that continued in their latest match.
The Hornets (7-3 overall, 7-1 EPC) defeated Dieruff in straight sets by scores of 25-5, 25-10 and 25-22 last Thursday evening at Dieruff High School. The win was the sixth straight for Emmaus, all conference matches. Things have been clicking on all cylinders of late as the Hornets have also won the last five matches in straight sets.
There is a new leader at the helm inside the Emmaus High School auxiliary gym, as first-year girls volleyball head coach Brianne Giangiobbe brings in new life and a change to the program after longtime head coach Gwen Millets stepped down following the 2018 season.
Giangiobbe played the sport at a high level, first at Freedom High School, then as a Division I player at Lafayette College. It is her first opportunity as a head coach, but one she is ready for.
There is a new leader at the helm inside the Emmaus High School auxiliary gym as first-year girls volleyball head coach Brianne Giangiobbe brings in new life and a change to the program after longtime head coach Gwen Millets stepped down following the 2018 season.
Giangiobbe played the sport at a high level, first at Freedom High School and then as a Division I player at Lafayette College. It is her first opportunity as a head coach, but one she is ready for.
Summer basketball is all about getting better as a team and the Emmaus girls basketball team has improved with each passing game. That continued in its second major summer tournament at the A-town Throwdown at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.
The Green Hornets did not have the type of tournament that they wanted, losing all three games in pool play.
Emmaus was on the wrong end of games against Moravian Academy, University of New Jersey and Sankofa. But it’s not all about wins and losses during the summer and third-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher knows that.