Liberty wins EPC title!
After winning their second straight East Penn Conference title over the weekend, Liberty’s volleyball team now wants more.
The Hurricanes (18-1) knocked off Central Catholic 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 Saturday at Northampton for the EPC championship and move onto the District 11 4A tournament as the top-seed heading into Thursday’s slate of action.
“Last year when we won the EPC, it was a huge milestone,” said Liberty coach Missy Lynn. “We were so happy and excited and it was something we were so proud of since Parkland had owned that title for a decade. We wanted it so much and they played like it was their last match.
“This year, we know what losing in the district finals feels like and our goal is to get another chance to win that title. Winning the conference is something we take great pride in, but we aren’t willing to settle for that alone.”
The main objective for Liberty this season has always been to win districts and the Hurricanes proved they could handle two of the EPC’s elite programs after beating Central in the finals and Parkland in the semifinals.
The Trojans forced five games in that match, but Liberty prevailed 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12.
“Each team we played in the conference tournament had different strengths and weaknesses, so it was good for us to see where we fell each match,” said Lynn. “I think the most important thing about the tournament is we learned a lot about what we need to work on heading into districts.”
Liberty is set to take on the winner of Thursday’s pigtail between Pleasant Valley and Whitehall.
Freedom (11-7) is also in the 4A tournament, but the brackets weren’t posted as of Tuesday.
Bethlehem Catholic (12-5) opens the 3A tournament on Wednesday at home as they host Pottsville in a four-five matchup. The winner will likely face top-seeded Southern Lehigh on Oct. 31 in the semifinals.
Liberty just wants to keep their momentum going toward their goal of doubling up on their gold hardware this postseason.
“I feel like we’ve now got the girls in their strongest positions for the current team and they’re willing to play wherever they’re needed to help,” Lynn said. “The culture at Liberty is definitely team first. I’m happy they trust us to put them in the best possible position for success.”