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Parkland tops Emmaus in three

In what could have been a preview of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and/or District 11 Class 4A championship matches, the Parkland and Emmaus High School girls volleyball teams met in a matchup of unbeaten teams last week. The action on the court and the atmosphere in the gym did not disappoint and made it feel like it was one of those important postseason matches.

But one team had to come away winners, and the Trojans (11-0 EPC) got the better of the Green Hornets (10-1) in straight sets last Thursday night at Parkland High School by scores of 26-24, 25-18 and 25-22.

“I am proud of the team for the fight and hustle they put out on the court,” said Emmaus head coach Brianne Giangiobbe. “This three-set match felt like a five-set match with the competition on both sides. The rallies were back and forth, momentum flipped multiple times within the gym.”

The first set went past the normal 25 points and was finally won by Parkland on a kill by the leading attacker Brynn Dreisbach, who finished with a match-high 14 kills. The Trojans were able to use that momentum into the second set and take care of business easier, before another battle in the third set that they pulled out.

Ava Holden led the Emmaus offense with eight kills and also added two blocks. Mia Pickering had six kills, 10 digs and three service aces. Lily Hulbert tallied five kills and seven digs. Abby Schweitzer contributed four kills, four blocks, three aces and two digs. Kassidy Hallman finished with 17 assists and four digs.

These two teams will meet again at Emmaus on October 14 in the last game of the regular season for both teams. Both coaches are looking forward to it.

“[Parkland head] Coach [Mike] Krause and I spoke afterward about the level of play that just occurred in the gym,” said Giangiobbe. “It was amazing to experience it. The girls are ready for a rematch just two weeks away from the original match. They left with their heads high, proud of the level of volleyball and ready to get better in the upcoming practices and matches.”

The Green Hornets defeated Northampton Monday of this week and have matches with Whitehall on Wednesday and Allen on Thursday to conclude the week.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus junior Abigail Schweitzer digs a ball during a recent match.