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photo by linda rothrock Josh Palencha and the volleyball team have been on a roll lately. photo by linda rothrock Josh Palencha and the volleyball team have been on a roll lately.

Holihan paces Kids

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by WENDY KENNEDY Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton boys volleyball team, led by senior Mike Holihan, has been racking up the wins across the conference this month.

Winners of five of their last six contests, and four straight league matches, Northampton is steadily working toward what head coach Doug Fehnel set as his expectations for the team this year: league and district playoffs.

While Fehnel has maintained a strong focus on building the defense of the team this season, Northampton's ability to put points on the board has been undeniable.

Holihan has set the example for the team to emulate in recent games with 18 kills and 16 assists against Emmaus on April 8, nine kills and 25 assists during the Northampton victory over William Allen on April 10, and then 17 kills and 11 assists against Bethlehem Catholic on April 14.

While Holihan has been a decisive factor in Northampton's wins, he certainly has not been alone.

Senior opposite hitter Josh Palenchar contributed to Northampton's 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Bethlehem Catholic with 11 kills. Additionally, a newcomer to the team this season, junior setter Dave Cattano, was also a key player in Northampton's success against Bethlehem Catholic on Monday with 15 assists and contributed to the K-Kid win over William Allen with 21 assists.

Northampton will look to continue its drive toward leagues and districts in their upcoming contests this week. The boys will host Freedom High School on April 16 and then William Allen on April 24.