May 08, 2019
By: Erica Rose
Senior Night always carries a lot of emotions. It’s the final home game of the regular season, teams are pumped up, and they obviously want to get the win for their leaders. Unfortunately, for the Emmaus Green Hornets, they lost one of those leaders in Stephen Reynolds earlier this season to injury. Head Coach Ken Dunkle honored him by putting him in the lineup, but he was off before a serve even happened. In addition to it being Senior Night, the Green Hornets were hosting rival Parkland who was in search of their first win in the rivalry since 2016.
Let me tell you, this is a match that could have gone either way. The first set saw Emmaus pull off the 27-25 victory. Honestly, Parkland probably should have won it in 4, but that’s what good teams do. They fight and they make their opponents work for every point. Emmaus is a very good team, but so is Parkland. And, although The Green Hornets were on the losing end last night, it was not due to a lack of effort. It took Parkland 5 sets to pull this one out and as we witnessed most of the sets were never a lock until that final point. In 3 of the 5 sets the team that was trailing, they came back to win. With the win Parkland improves to 13-2 with 2 matches remaining, their final comes against undefeated Whitehall. The Green Hornets fall to 12-4 and now sit and wait. The EPC tournament starts next Monday and both teams are more then likely in, but this changes up the seedings a little. It is also likely not the last time these two will see each other this season. This win surely feels good for the Trojans, but they are all business and they still have a lot of goals remaining to achieve. So, no surprise they will be back in the gym working hard, but so will the Green Hornets. The two split the regular season series, and the post season could be anyone’s for the taking as well.