’Canes look to finish strong before leagues
With the postseason nearly upon us, Liberty’s volleyball team is hoping that their season will be peaking at the right time.
The Hurricanes finish out a stretch of three games this week before the EPC tournament getting underway this week.
Liberty (13-1) continues to battle for the top seed in the EPC standings following Monday’s sweep over Bethlehem Catholic and intend to keep momentum following matches with Dieruff (3-12) and Freedom (10-6) this week.
“This entire post season is going to be competitive and it’s win or go home, so whether we’re first or eighth, we have a tough road ahead,” said head coach Missy Lynn. “We’re really excited to play teams from the Skyline Division and are looking forward to the challenges they pose as opponents. Every match should be intense.”
Central Catholic (13-1) enters the week as the top-seed in the EPC, with Parkland (12-2), Emmaus (11-3) and Nazareth (12-5) all behind Liberty in the pecking order of the conference standings.
Four of the eight teams that will qualify for the EPC tournament will be coming from the Skyline Division, potentially pitting the Hurricanes in the same bracket as Parkland.
The Trojans are the one top team in the conference that Liberty hasn’t played this year, going 2-1 against Skyline foes, knocking off Whitehall and Emmaus, but falling to Nazareth in four games.
“Nazareth played an amazing match against us and we seemed a bit flat on the night, which is not a recipe for success,” said Lynn of the mid-September defeat. “I think the loss was really good for us in the long run. We’ve worked out what I think is our strongest lineup and hopefully it’ll put us in the best possible position to get the wins we need.”
With Monday’s win over Becahi and Tuesday’s contest with Dieruff past Press deadlines, the focus on a rivalry bout with Freedom comes into view before the playoffs get underway.
“Freedom always plays us tough,” Lynn said. “I want to see clean, intense and exciting volleyball. We’ve been stressing the need to create our own energy, regardless of the opponent. We’ve also been determined to make less unforced errors. If we can control our side of the net, we should be very successful.”
Bethlehem Catholic (10-5) and Freedom (10-6) are both in the running for qualifying for the EPC tournament as well.
The Hawks still have Allen (1-16) and Easton (7-7) on the schedule this week, as they’re a near lock to clinch an EPC berth.
Freedom will need to fight off Easton for the final spot, as the Patriots entered the week as the eighth seed.
A win over the Rovers on Tuesday night would go a long way to qualifying for the league playoffs before Wednesday’s showdown with Liberty.