On to the finals!
Northampton clipped one of the Lehigh Valley Conference kingpins Monday night in the LVC volleyball semifinals, but they hoped to slay the ultimate dragon during last night's championship at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
The K-Kids swept Emmaus 26-24, 25-13, 25-19 on Monday and took on Parkland in last night's finals, which were past Press deadlines.
It marks the first time Northampton has ever reached the LVC finals and head coach Doug Fehnel hoped that his team could equal their dominating performance on Monday against the Trojans last night.
"Parkland was here watching what we are capable of," said Fehnel about Monday's win over Emmaus. "Last time, we didn't show up when we played them [Parkland]. It was their senior night the last time we played and they had a lot of momentum, so you never know."
Northampton pulled out the game one victory over Emmaus by coming back from a 23-21 deficit to steal the win. The Kids kept the momentum going in game two, building an 8-3 lead before an Emmaus timeout. The reprieve from the court didn't help Emmaus, as Northampton reeled off the next eight points to build a massive 16-3 advantage that never gave the Hornets a chance to comeback.
With Emmaus looking up from there, the Hornets could never recover, holding a slight lead in game three before the Kids eventually took that away from them.
"We had one kid crack during the match and then it kind of spread to other players," said Emmaus head coach Deb Schlosser said. "The kids could see it and once you see it, it's contagious."
Mike Holihan led the K-Kids with eight kills, 25 assists, five blocks and seven blocking assists on the night. Josh Morgan chipped in nine kills as well, as the Kids walked away with a resounding victory.
"I don't think anything really surprised me this year," said Fehnel about earning a sweep over the Hornets. "This was one of our best performances of the year. The kids are picking up everything on defense and we are running a quicker offense. Parkland destroyed us last week, so we need to come out with a better effort."
The Trojans defeated Northampton in both of their regular season encounters, winning the first matchup in four games, while sweeping Northampton 17-25, 22-25, 16-25 in their last encounter.
The District 11 tournament is set to kick off today, followed by tomorrow's quarterfinal round. Semifinals are slated for next Tuesday and finals next Thursday.