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EPC playoffs begin for volleyball, field hockey

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s field hockey team will be the lone team from Bethlehem in the East Penn Conference playoffs when things get underway this weekend, as the Hurricanes are vying for the second seed of the tournament as they head into this week.

Liberty (13-2-2) had their eight game winning streak snapped last week with a 4-0 loss to an undefeated Emmaus (16-0) team. The Hurricanes have games against East Stroudsburg South and Freedom this week before the EPC tournament gets underway Saturday, as they look to lock up the second seed.

Freedom (3-11-1) have lost eight of nine games heading into this week’s slate with Allen (2-13), Bethlehem Catholic (3-9-1) and Liberty. The Pates are eliminated from the postseason, but will leave everything on the line against Liberty in their season finale. Liberty knocked off Freedom 4-0 in their first encounter.

Becahi is still hanging around the District 11 1A playoff hunt with four games this week against Whitehall (6-10), Freedom, Allen and Notre Dame (2-8). With at least six teams likely to make the playoffs in the 1A bracket, the Hawks were sitting in the eighth position coming into the week.

Volleyball

Liberty (10-2), Bethlehem Catholic (8-5) and Freedom (9-5) are all in position to qualify for the EPC tournament, which will take place next week.

The Hurricanes are the defending EPC champs and hope to lock up a top four seed, as they play Easton (6-7), Allen (3-13) and Dieruff (2-10) this week. Freedom has Allen, Becahi and Easton this week, while the Hawks have Dieruff, Freedom and Allen.

Liberty and Freedom have clinched district berths already, but the Hawks should be able to do that this week.