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Kids volleyball team falls to Parkland

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls volleyball team dropped their match to Parkland Tuesday evening on Bob Nemeth Court with set scores of 8-25, 18-25, and 16-25.

Their record slipped to 1-2 on the season and in conference.

Parkland, the preseason #4 ranked team in PA class 4A, entered the game at 1-1 on the heels of a five-set loss to Emmaus. While beating a team as perennially strong as Parkland is always a tall task, head coach Jessica Finlayson was disappointed that the Kids did not play up to their potential.

“There’s always the intimidation of, ‘Ooooh it’s Parkland,’ and that factors into it, but they were prepared to play this game and it should not have looked like it did,” she said. “We play them again and I guarantee you the team that came out tonight will not come out the second time.”

Last Thursday, the Kids showed that they are not going to be easily dismissed from the chase for a District XI playoff spot. They took down a tough Whitehall team in four sets, 25-21, 21-25, 30-28, 25-19.

Sophomore Lindsey Nemeth paced the attack with a team-high 16 kills. Junior captain Brooke Rockovits had eight kills which senior captain Abby Franke matched and added six blocks. Defensively, sophomore Mya Cascario had 16 digs and senior Emily Gehris added 14 of her own.

Up next for Northampton is Allentown Central Catholic. Despite losing their first two matches of the season, to Nazareth and Parkland, the Vikettes are yet another volleyball powerhouse in the loaded EPC.

Finlayson knows that constant challenges are part of playing in a division with several teams near the top of the state rankings in their respective classes. However, she has confidence that her team can compete with the teams at that level.

“If we work on things at practice tomorrow and we focus on the little things we need to correct … we can give Central a run for their money,” she said.

Following the game with CCHS comes a one-week respite from the EPC Skyline Division gauntlet with matches against Catasauqua, Pocono Mountain East, and Stroudsburg.