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Trojans sweep Kids

The Parkland boys volleyball team has picked up right where it left off in 2014, winning games.

The defending conference and district champions are currently ranked fourth in the state, and flexed their muscle Tuesday night at Parkland High School with a 3-0 sweep over Northampton by scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-18.

"We've started strong so far this year, and we have to if we want to keep our high ranking," junior setter Andrew Hillman said.

Northampton seemed overmatched in the first two games, and could not get much offense going as the taller and faster Trojans could do anything they wanted in front of the net.

Parkland overpowered Northampton with their athleticism and hitting ability.

A front line of Sean Lewis, Kyle Stout, and Jack Dreisbach gave the Kids fits all night. Each of the Trojans is over 6 feet tall and each have powerful hits.

But in game three, the Kids fought back and made Parkland work for every point to secure the victory.

Parkland won its conference opener against Nazareth last week before competing in the Bobcat Invitational Tournament this past weekend.

With a strong field of teams, the Trojans fell in the semifinals to Pennridge after taking down Hempfield, the No. 2 team in the state.

"Every team in our league is strong, and they're going to be up for the game against us," said Hillman. "We always have to be up for every game or we are vulnerable to a loss.

"It's showed in the last couple of years, but it's good playing our conference games because they prepare us for our postseason matches. Northampton lost a lot from last year, but they still gave us a good fight tonight."

Lewis had 11 kills and seven digs. Dreisbach tallied five kills and four blocks. Hillman contributed six kills and 25 assists and Stout finished with four kills.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland's Andrew Fine and Jake Heyer go up for a block during Tuesday's win over Northampton.