Trojan volleyball looks to close out matches
The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has had a busy schedule lately to say the least. The Trojans played seven matches in the last two weeks, including four last week.
Even with the busy schedule, Parkland head coach Scott Trumbauer has seen his team withstand it and remain poised and competitive in each match.
“The guys have been playing well despite our hectic schedule,” said Trumbauer. “While we dropped a heartbreaker to Whitehall, we know the potential of this group. With the league being full of surprises this year, it will truly be an exciting finish to the season.”
The Trojans (12-3 overall, 11-3 EPC) won three of their four matches last week, only falling in a close, five set match at Whitehall.
“We’ve been working on closing out matches, and we clearly still have some work to do,” Trumbauer said. “Whitehall responded really well after the first two sets, we just slowed down our pace too much and couldn’t get it going again. The environment was great with a large, rowdy crowd. We will learn from it and move forward.”
Parkland plays Allen and Emmaus in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches this week before closing out the regular season against Pennridge on Friday. The EPC tournament is set to begin next Monday.
“We still have some room to grow both offensively and defensively, which we knew we would need to work on throughout the season,” said Trumbauer. “We need to continue to push ourselves at practice ad in all game situations, working on the things we control.”
Trumbauer has noted some standout performers that have stepped up over the last two weeks.
“Owen Rodgers has really taken his opposite hitter position and run with it,” Trumbauer said. “He has developed into another force at the net for us. He has also made numerous diving defensive plays which have proved critical in us winning some big matches. Lukas Dashukewich has continued to take carry us offensively and is performing at a very high level right now.
“Chase Robbins has been moved in and out of multiple positions this year and has flourished in them all. We have put a little more pressure on him to run some more of the offense, but he has really stepped in and played well.”