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Press photo by Rob MerchantBecahi’s Rachel Tanczos (14) looks to get the ball past Liberty’s Kristin Kaleycik (16) and Amanda Rachwal (19) during the local showdown Monday night at Liberty. The Hurricanes went on to win the match. Copyright - Digital Media Magic Press photo by Rob MerchantBecahi’s Rachel Tanczos (14) looks to get the ball past Liberty’s Kristin Kaleycik (16) and Amanda Rachwal (19) during the local showdown Monday night at Liberty. The Hurricanes went on to win the match. Copyright - Digital Media Magic

Top-ranked Liberty eases by Becahi

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

State rankings don’t mean much to Liberty volleyball coach Missy Lynn.

The Hurricanes (9-0), the top ranked team in the state, just continued to take care of business Monday night after sweeping Bethlehem Catholic 25-22, 25-15, 25-17 at Memorial Gymnasium.

With a match against Becahi (7-2) always being a marquee bout on the calendar, Monday night’s affair was a showcase for their Dig Pink matchup, which raises awareness for breast cancer as we head into the month of October.

“Our Dig Pink match is always important to us,” said Lynn. “We planned the night around our Beca match because we know they’ll be a tough opponent and we want this event to showcase exciting volleyball.”

The Hurricanes lived up to their top billing by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, as Lina Perugini led the team with 10 kills and 13 digs. Amanda Rachwal had seven kills and four blocks, while Julia Burcin had five digs.

“We’ve been looking forward to playing Beca because we don’t play a lot of the higher ranked teams during our Steel Division schedule,” Lynn said, “so playing a team with Beca’s skill lets us examine ourselves a little more closely.”

Liberty has swept eight of their nine opponents this year, dropping their only two sets in a match against Emmaus earlier this month.

They finish the week off with Dieruff (1-9) tonight at home, as they look to continue one of the best starts in school history.

“We still have things to work on and the girls know we’ve got a tough road ahead to achieve our ultimate goals,” said Lynn. “Being ranked number one in the state in week three means very little in the grand scheme of things. We’re very aware of what we’d like to achieve this season and our priority is staying focused and improving each match. We’re going to stay hungry and humble because we haven’t earned the right to get lazy or comfortable. We’re proud of our accomplishments so far, but the season is only half over and we still have a long way to go.”

The Hawks will look to clinch a district berth this week as they set out to take on Allen (1-9) and Easton (4-6).

Freedom (7-3) is also on the verge of qualifying for the postseason, as the Patriots swept Dieruff Monday night 25-4, 25-7, 25-10.

The Pates take on Easton Wednesday night.