Knights win in straight sets on senior night


Erik Jesberger

The girls’ volleyball team took down the Panthers of Quakertown in straight sets

TOWAMENCIN- The emotions of a Senior Night win proved to be the only thing that North Penn would need to push past the Quakertown Panthers (3-16) as the Knights (12-8) won in straight sets Wednesday night.

North Penn, who won all three sets by a score of 25-17, 25-23, and 25-23, walked off of their home court with a dominating win, led by a senior core who meant all business as they headed into the matchup.

“The seniors and team stepped up and won on an emotional night for our team and that should insure us a spot in playoffs which was a goal these girls had from day one,” explained Head Coach, Scott Coles.

Erik Jesberger
Seniors, Alycia Powers (left), Francesca Dolan (center), and Emily Cooper (right) celebrated their volleyball careers at North Penn on senior night.

The Knights preparation for the contest would be demonstrated early on with the 2019 graduating seniors leading the offense throughout the first set, including four straight serves and an ace by senior, Alycia Powers.

“We definitely worked on those set plays before and practice and executed well, especially since Alycia was killing it on the kills tonight,” stated senior, Emily Cooper.

“It was a really exciting game and every time Francesca (Dolan) passed it and Coop (Emily Cooper) set it, we just knew points would be on the board,” said Powers.

The first set would wrap up with junior Maddy Mejia and Powers acting as if they were a brick wall, with multiple blocks in response to the Panthers’ kill attempts.

The offense got off to a slow start in the second set, where Quakertown got ahead on the scoreboard with an early 8-4 lead, however the Knights dwindled down the deficit with the comeback charge and took the lead at 24-23.

It was Power’s ace that solidified the Knight’s 2-0 set lead.  A dogfight is the best way to describe the third set, where the score remained tied throughout much of the match.

North Penn had a lead but Quakertown scratched their way back and only trailed by one point in the late possessions of the third set. However, almost on que, Powers would cap off the set with a kill in the mid court of the Panthers’ defense. The kill would put a W in the win column for North Penn as they defeated Quakertown.

“We will play next Tuesday and it will be a new experience for us, but I’m happy that I have a chance to coach these girls at least one more time and we will see how far of a push we can make into districts,” Coles.

The Wednesday night matchup would also wrap up the regular season for North Penn and with playoffs just around the corner, the volleyball squad is ready to get right back to work to prepare for the postseason next week.

“Throughout the season I felt we connected more with better chemistry on the court, and I think that the fact that we won in front of a big crowd on our senior night, we are hype and excited to play,” said Dolan.

The Knights volleyball team concludes their 2018 regular season with a record of 12-8, and 10-7 in the conference.  As their playoff journey gets underway next week, the team is very confident in how far they will go.

“I think that this year is the year to do it, our team is really good and we bond really well and of all years, this is definitely the year to push far into playoffs. This team is the best, everyone has a great connection. All the seniors are so close and we are close with all the underclassmen as well and that really helps our energy,” stated Cooper.