Parkland athletics have had a successful 2013-14 school year thus far with a plethora of postseason appearances and multiple championships.
The Trojan boys volleyball team is working to pitch into the school’s and the team’s continued successes and is comfortable with the task.
“We put pressure on ourselves every year to be a contender at the end of the year,” admitted 13th year head coach, Scott Trumbauer. “We have had a great start to the season which only magnifies the target, but the guys have been in pressure situations in the past and I expect them to handle it well.”
The Trojans, who are the defending Lehigh Valley Conference champions, are dealing with the rest of the league aiming at them quite well. Through April 10, Parkland boasted an 11-2 record, with their only losses coming to out-of-district foes, Northeastern and Central York, both of which are perennial state tournament contenders nearly every year.
Trumbauer’s troop is considered the favorite by opponents and aficionados to sweep this spring claiming the LVC division, LVC conference, and District 11 titles on their way to the PIAA tournament, despite the fact that they are returning so few players from last year’s LVC North Division winning team.
“We actually only returned four players from last year’s team. This is a lower number than we are used to, but the guys have really played well this early in the season,” explained Trumbauer. “The new guys have blended in well with the returners, which has helped the chemistry while they are on the court. The longer they play next to each other, the more fluid we should be.”
One individual that is helping that cause while piling wins along the way is senior Libero Chris Schweikert, who according to Trumbauer, “has been our defensive anchor for the past 2 seasons.” Along with Schweikert are fellow seniors Tyler Phifer, Derrik Rice, and Mitchell Fox.
Trumbauer noted that sophomore setter Andrew Hillman will be playing an integral part in their race to the postseason.
With about eight matches left in the season and a seat atop the LVC with a league record of 6-0 through April 10, Trumbauer won’t settle.
“I want to see continuous improvement,” he said. “I've coached teams in the past who peaked too early and didn't have anything left at the end of the season. If you continue to improve as the year goes on, the guys should be peaking around playoff time.”
The Trojans have not been tested too much thus far, rarely needing to go past three sets in a given match. They are still working hard, however, to prime themselves for a run at the various titles to add to Parkland High School’s crowded trophy case.