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Freedom and Becahi are set to square off

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

After taking care of business in the first week of the season, Freedom’s volleyball team is now ready for their first real test of their EPC schedule with Tuesday’s city rivalry contest with Bethlehem Catholic.

The Pates are off to 2-0 start after wins over Dieruff and Allen to start the year, but head coach Donna Roman knows the heat will turn up in their match against the Hawks (1-1).

“I have been impressed with our setters movement of the ball to all of our hitters,” said Roman. “Since we are a very undersized team, utilizing all of our hitters will be a big key for us, and I am very happy with my returning, experienced, junior setter, Grace Grandinetti. Grace was an All-Area selection last season, and she is providing a lot of guidance to other freshman setter, Sam Simmers. I am also excited to see defensive specialists, senior Taylor Resetar and junior Emily Szy, taking the lead in our back row. They will be our stabilizing force.”

The Hawks took on Southern Lehigh on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s match with the Pates, as they try to grab their first win in the city rivalry this year following their season opening loss to Liberty in a three-game sweep.

Roman knows both squads will be energized to battle on Tuesday and is looking forward to the early season test.

“The inner-city rivalry with Beca is always filled anticipation and excitement,” she said. “I love that the new schedule allows us to face our division rivals earlier in the season. Both teams lost a lot of seniors so it should make for an interesting matchup. Beca will be very strong defensively, so one of our keys will be to match their defense and stay aggressive with our offense.”

Liberty (2-0) already has a jump on the Steel Division lead after knocking off Becahi and Easton in sweeps to start the year.

The Hurricanes face Allen and Dieruff this week and shouldn’t have any problems extending their divisional lead.