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Parkland boys volleyball returns experienced team

Parkland High School boys volleyball coach Scott Trumbauer is looking forward to the 2021 season. Not only because his team is talented, but just to be able to be around his team and watch them compete again after not being able to play last year.

“Getting to see the guys compete again,” said Trumbauer on what excites him the most about this upcoming season. “We have had a lot of conversations about getting back on the court and how excited the guys are to play again. Being able to see a group of kids, who have been so impacted by everything going on, looking forward to playing is such a great thing to witness.”

Senior outside hitters Jordan Lewis and Cole Kratzer, senior middle hitter JT Siggins, senior setter Mason Bergstein and junior libero Azhar Sumar are a group of experienced returnees for the Trojans. Trumbauer feels the size of his hitters will really help the team this season.

“We have some pretty good size and a very physical group this year,” said Trumbauer. “We also return a number of offensive weapons who have seen action since they were freshmen and sophomores. We just lack experience at some positions, but that is to be expected with missing last season.”

Sophomore outside hitter Chase Robbins, junior outside hitter Matt Bauer and junior opposite hitter Lukas Dashukewich bring an influx of new talent to the Parkland program, one which hopes to be back playing for Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships.

“We want to compete for a league and district title,” Trumbauer said. “Since we aren’t able to travel to tournaments this year, the guys are really anxious to have a chance to compete for a medal.”

Trumbauer has been pleased with how his team has shown up and come ready to work hard so far in the preseason.

“I’m really excited with how the guys have been working through the first two weeks of the season,” said Trumbauer. “They are just excited to be able to play again. Some of the guys played football and basketball this year, but most of the guys have been waiting for this season since last year.”

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Mason Bergstein is one of several seniors on this year's Trojan boys volleyball team.