Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BC set for Lower Dauphin

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team had the weekend to prepare for the PIAA 2A tournament, as the Golden Hawks took on Lower Dauphin (15-4) in their state opener. The Hawks (13-9) were hoping to move to Saturday’s quarterfinal round with a win over the state’s eighth ranked team on Tuesday night, as those results are past Press deadlines.

Head coach Jeff Koch was hoping his team could rebound from their loss in the District I/11/XI subregional 2A championship to Holy Redeemer last week, as the Hawks fell in four games.

“We had a good game plan going into our match versus Holy Redeemer,” he said. “Holy Redeemer has a Division 1 prospect, who is 6-foot-9, so we knew if we could limit his touches on the ball, in particular his front row attack we stood a good opportunity to win. The first set and only set we won we limited him to two front row attacks only. We did this by serving to specific locations in hopes that Redeemer’s setter couldn’t get the ball to their main guy effectively. Redeemer made good adjustments on serve receive for the remaining sets, and our quality of serving dropped as we began playing from behind from the start of each set. Redeemer was able to set their big man a lot the remainder of the match and we just didn’t have an answer for him.”

With the subregional tourney giving the Hawks plenty of travel throughout the tournament, playing at Catasauqua on Tuesday was a welcome sight for the team. Now they hope to extend their season.

“We do not know a whole lot about them, but they play in the toughest District in Pennsylvania (District 3) so they are always match ready,” said Koch on Lower Dauphin. “This is a tough opening round matchup for us but we have been resilient in responding quickly after a loss throughout this season, so I’m hoping that the adjustment we make will be executed Tuesday. This is the first time since 2013 being apart of the state tournament. I’m happy our non-senior group gets to experience the highest level of play. We will not be going down without a fight.”