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Hawks aiming for a rematch against Dock

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic was so close to making the PIAA tournament last season. The Hawks now face that reality again this week when they opened up the District 11 2A tournament against Southern Lehigh Tuesday.

The winner of Tuesday’s match moves on to Thursday’s finals against top-seeded Dock Mennonite at 6 p.m. in Bensalem.

Becahi (7-9) hopes they can make a repeat appearance in the final after coming up short in last year’s fifth game of the title match against Dock (14-4).

“I think our potential match against Dock is something that is hard to ignore,” said head coach Jeff Koch. “Although we haven’t talked about Dock with our players, my players have to have that hunger getting ready to burst at that potential rematch. Being two points away from making the state tournament last year is something that still sits with us. We are hoping to finish what we couldn’t from last season.”

First in line is Southern Lehigh, a team that went (2-9) this season with wins over Dieruff and Kutztown.

To say that a two win team in the postseason is undeserving might be an understatement, but it was the first task at hand for the Hawks.

“Southern Lehigh is well coached,” said Koch. “Despite their record or our record at this point we both start a brand-new season. We know Southern Lehigh will be well prepared and play very smart so we in return have to play consistent yet aggressive volleyball.”

Becahi has nearly had two weeks off from the last time they competed and hope that the layoff can prove more as a chance to improve than accumulate rust.

“With our time off we have been able to bring back a lot of alumni from the program to help us prepare for our district and hopeful state run,” said Koch. “Having my current guys play against alumni from our state title team back in 2012 has made us have to up our level of play. We hope the level that we have been playing at in practice will transfer over to our match play for the remainder of the season.”

Freedom (15-6) fell to Nazareth in their district opener last week, losing in five games 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 21-25, 10-15.

After winning the first two games, it was a hard pill to swallow for head coach John Yanek to see the season end.

“We knew what Nazareth was going to do down to a tee,” said Yanek. “The players followed it for two sets, but went away from our match plan for some reason. Nazareth got the momentum and we could not get it back. We focused too much on playing safe and not forcing Nazareth to make mistakes. The resilient team won and unfortunately it was not us.”

Liberty also lost their opener to Easton last week in four games to end their campaign at 10-9.