Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

FHS volleyball remains red hot, hungry for more

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s volleyball team is winners of eight-straight and the Pates want more.

Equipped with a 13-2 mark on the season heading into the week, John Yanek’s troops will have an opportunity to prove themselves this week with a pivotal match against Parkland (10-2) on Friday night.

The matchup with the Trojans will give the Pates an opportunity to get some revenge, or at least gauge their strength since losing in three games to Parkland earlier this season.

“We have not plateaued or become complacent, therefore we are advancing toward our goals and making much progress,” said Yanek. “We have proved ourselves, but still have work and goals to complete. We feel that we are now in that upper tier of teams that we were striving for earlier in the season. We are working hard to stay there.”

After knocking off Emmaus last week, Freedom has certainly positioned itself in the upper tier of teams in District 11, and feels that it’s still capable of playing better volleyball.

“We are finally comfortable with the offense and defense we are running,” he said. “We expected good things to take time. The best tends to take time. Many individuals or teams give up too early. We knew we needed to keep going and make little steps of progress toward our goals.”

Liberty (10-3) registered a key victory over Emmaus on Monday night in four games, reversing a five-game loss to the Hornets from their season opener. With Allen, Nazareth, Easton and Pocono Mountain West on the schedule before their regular season finale against Freedom, the ‘Canes should be extend their winning run all the way to their rivalry encounter, which would pit one of the best matchups in the series in recent memory.

Bethlehem Catholic (7-6) got swept by Whitehall on Monday night, but have Pocono Mountain East and Northampton on the schedule this week. One more win could solidify a District 11 playoff berth.