Volleyball eyeing postseason
The Northampton boys volleyball team has been serving up wins all over the Lehigh Valley Conference this season.
Coming off a 14-5 season in 2013, Northampton started the 2014 season strong with a winning streak of league victories that was disrupted only by a loss on April 1, to league powerhouse Parkland. Overall, as the team enters the final week of the 2014 season they are enjoying a 12-1 record (9-1 within the Lehigh Valley Conference).
Coming into the final stretch of 2014, veteran setter and middle hitter Mike Holihan led the Northampton Konkrete Kids to a 3-1 victory over Easton on April 29, with 13 kills and 17 assists. The two teams battled through three close sets before Northampton finally pulled ahead and claimed victory in the 4th. (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13).
Also playing a key role in the Easton victory were newcomers to the team this season: setter Dave Cattano with 16 assists and Libero Matt Mottau with 18 digs. Veteran opposite hitter Josh Palenchar contributed a total of eight kills to the win.
Northampton then traveled to Liberty on May 1, where senior Josh Palenchar and junior Josh Morgan stepped up to lead the team to victory. The two returning starters for Northampton both posted 12 kills each in the contest that spanned three sets and ended in a 3-0 Northampton win (25-16, 27-25, 25-17).
Also contributing for the victory was frequent front man Mike Holihan with 17 assists and libero Mottau who again played a pivotal role with 11 digs.
Starting off the final week of regular season play, Northampton hosted Whitehall on Monday, May 5. Through three sets the Northampton Kids dominated the court to deliver another 3-0 victory (25-15, 28-26, 25-17). Once again Josh Palenchar took the led with 15 kills, followed closely by Josh Morgan with 10 kills. Mottau delivered with a solid 10 digs and Cattano and Holihan helped drive home the points with 17 assists and 15 assists respectively.
Northampton prepares for a rematch of their sole league loss with a contest against the Parkland Trojans on Wednesday, May 7, which will take place after Press deadlines. A win against Parkland would move Northampton to first place in the PIAA District 11 Lehigh Valley Conference North and clinch a spot in the district playoffs.
The Boys will end their regular season schedule by hosting Nazareth in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, May 9.