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Teams eye D-11 finals

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

With the District 11 volleyball semifinals taking place on Tuesday, all three Bethlehem schools were battling for spots in Thursday’s championship round.

Liberty and Freedom are on opposite sides of the bracket as they encountered final four battles on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Hurricanes took on fifth-seeded Nazareth, while Parkland and Freedom were set for a three-seven matchup respectively.

In the 3A bracket, fourth-seeded Becahi faced top-seeded Southern Lehigh, with all the mentioned matchups taking place after Press deadlines.

The Hawks (13-6) were swept by the Spartans (15-3) on October 3rd and understand they have a mighty task to take down the Colonial league champs.

“Being that we played them during the season, we know they have aggressive servers and strong hitters,” said Becahi head coach Kelly Brown. “The keys to victory will be having consistent serve-receive, aggressive serving, being able to hit the balls to the open spots, and having a high level of energy.”

Liberty (19-1) will look to exact some revenge on Nazareth (18-6), the only team to beat the Hurricanes during the regular season, when they won in four games back on September 18th.

“We came out flat and never really got going the first time we met Nazareth,” said Liberty head coach Missy Lynn. “They’re a team who, if they get hot, can play amazing volleyball, and they showed it that night. We’ll need to keep our energy up and try to get out to a quick start. I expect this to be a high energy, exciting match. We are treating this like any other match.”

Freedom (13-8) looks to pull off the biggest win of the three teams when they take on Parkland (15-4), a team that swept them in the first week of the season.

If Liberty and Parkland advance, it’ll set up a rematch of last year’s District 11 4A finals between the two schools, where the Trojans won the series in five games.

A Becahi win would also put them back in the finals in a likely rematch against Central Catholic. The Vikings are the second-seed in districts and swept the Hawks in last year’s finals.