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Volleyball team splits two recent games

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton boys volleyball team had a pair of away matches last week.

On Thursday, they went to Allen and scored a straight-set victory over the Canaries. On Monday night, they traveled to Freedom and dropped a four-set match to the 8-2 Patriots, 26-24, 25-13, 23-25, 25-17.

The split moved the Kids’ record to 6-4 on the season and pushed them one win closer to the nine required for district playoff qualification.

Northampton is still in search of a signature win against one of the top teams in the league. They have taken sets from Parkland, Whitehall, and Freedom, but have yet to secure a match win over a team that currently has a record over .500.

“We really haven’t established an identity, something we can lean on,” said head coach Sue Arndt. “Right now we’re just a team that fights hard and competes.”

The team’s fight was evident in the third set when they were in danger of being swept after trailing 18-14. From that point on in the set, they only surrendered one point on Freedom’s serve and were able to generate some offense of their own.

“In the third set I flipped the lineup,” Arndt said. “Just to give them a different look and to give Freedom a different look. And I asked them to battle. And they did, they battled hard. We can’t battle for a game. We have to battle for a point and every point has to be battled.”

Dylan Holland paced Northampton’s offense with 14 kills and four aces. Jackson Fehnel added nine kills and 24 digs. Aidan Holihan racked up eight kills. Libero Luis Roman had 18 digs. Setter Chris Miller dished out 29 assists in addition to seven digs.

In a scheduling quirk, after their Wednesday match with Emmaus, the Kids go a week before their next contest. They will take on a strong Liberty team in Schneider Gymnasium on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

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