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Press photo by Linda RothrockDylan Holland and the Kids, shown here against Whitehall, recently beat Pocono East. Press photo by Linda RothrockDylan Holland and the Kids, shown here against Whitehall, recently beat Pocono East.

Volleyball tops PME

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

On Tuesday night at Pete Schneider Gymnasium, the Konkrete Kids boys volleyball team won a hard-fought game over Pocono Mountain East by the scores of 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17.

Northampton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the strength of three-straight aces by tri-captain Luis Roman. However, the Cardinals had the advantage in the matchups of the front lines and built a 23-21 lead, prompting a Sue Arndt timeout. The Kids ran off 5 of the next 6 points, punctuated with a kill by Aidan Holihan to seal the set.

The second set was tight from the start. Neither team made any significant runs as they combined for 35 service rotations. The Kids trailed late again, 23-22, before a Jackson Fehnel kill evened the score. Point 24 saw an attempted block by PME travel sideways across the top of the net for 15 feet before tumbling over onto the Cardinals’ side and hitting the floor. Holihan once again provided the finishing kill to give Northampton the set.

The third set followed the pattern of the first two sets. The Kids fell behind 23-21, but this time there was no comeback.

Northampton was struggling to contain the Cardinals’ big middle hitter so Arndt had to make an adjustment. She said,

“He was just out-jumping us,” she said. “In the final set I rotated our lineup around to get some better matchups.”

The Kids trailed 5-3 early in the fourth set, but a five-point run gave them an 8-5 lead and they would never trail again in the set. A Fehnel kill on the final point sent the Northampton fans home happy.

The win capped off a successful week for the team. Last Wednesday, the Kids scored a straight set win over Easton. Although they lost to Whitehall on Friday, they managed to capture the only set that the 8-0 Zephyrs have surrendered this season. With a 5-3 record, Northampton is closing on the nine wins they need to qualify for districts.

Freshmen Holihan and Jackson Fehnel paced the Northampton’s attack with 12 kills each. Libero Luis Roman recorded 20 diggs and 9 aces. Setter Chris Miller doled out 38 assists and added 11 digs.

The Kids will be on the road Thursday for a match at Allen. On Saturday, they will be participating in the Hurricane Boys Volleyball Invitational at Liberty HS. That will be followed by a match at Freedom on Monday. On Wednesday, Northampton will host Emmaus at 6 p.m. during a Beat Cancer Fundraiser event.

The event will benefit Jess Finlayson, Northampton teacher and girls’ varsity volleyball coach. There will be raffles and the proceeds from the snack stand will go to help Jess and the organizations that she supports.

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