Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Liberty looking for volleyball redemption

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Peter Car in Sports

Second chances don’t always come in life, but for Liberty’s volleyball team, they’ll have that opportunity when the District 11 tournament kicks off this Thursday.

Liberty (14-3), who lost to Central Catholic in the opening round of the EPC tournament, takes on Delaware Valley (14-3) in a four-five matchup at home with the hopes of making a run in districts.

The Hurricanes are in the opposite half of the bracket, meaning they’ll likely get a semifinal round battle against top-seeded Emmaus (16-4) should both teams advance.

After winning the EPC the past two seasons, Missy Lynn’s crew is picking up the pieces after a first round exit.

“We’re back at practice, business as usual,” she said. “They know what they have to do. We had a breakdown in passing against Central, and ended up out of system for the majority of the match. It’s not typically a skill I need to worry about with these girls. They have to be able to refocus and not let one bad pass turn into a bad game or match. I think, physically, we’re as ready as we’re doing to be. We just have to toughen up mentally.”

Freedom (11-7), the seventh seed, unfortunately finds themselves in the bottom bracket with the likes of third-seeded Nazareth (20-3), the EPC champ, and second-seeded Parkland (16-3), the EPC runner-up.

The Pates take on Easton, the tenth seed, in Thursday’s opening round at Parkland with the winner facing the Trojans that night at 6:45 p.m.

Liberty’s bout with Emmaus seems like a lock and the Hurricanes seem focused at the task at hand.

“I have a lot of confidence in my team,” said Lynn. “We should match up well against Delaware Valley. We haven’t played Emmaus yet, but we’re on a collision course with them and I’m excited to see what we can do against such a strong team. The top of this district is pretty evenly matched. I think we’re all in for some fun volleyball.”

In 3A, Bethlehem Catholic (12-6) faces a Central Catholic (12-6) in a four-five matchup in Wednesday’s opening round. The Vikings swept the Hawks earlier this season, but look for a dose of revenge in a rivalry contest to open the postseason.

The winner of match will take on top-seeded Southern Lehigh.