BC volleyball falls in states
You can say that Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team was playing with house money as of late.
With a trip to the PIAA 2A tournament in their hands over the past 10 days, the Hawks made the most of their run to the quarterfinals before bowing to District 7 champion Ambridge over the weekend.
Ambridge took care of the Hawks in three games (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) to advance to this week’s semifinals, but it was a journey that was completely worth it for a very young Becahi team.
“I think we over achieved this season,” said Hawks head coach Jeff Koch. “We finished the season at 14-10 overall. That record may not impress many, but we are a very young team with almost no experience at the varsity level this season, playing in a very competitive district. We feel this season, we finally once again had great wins against very good caliber teams. Some spotlight is back on Beca boys volleyball for sure.”
This was the first time Becahi was back in the state tournament since 2013, which was also the last time they registered a win in the state’s final round of 16. Getting that state experience is vital for any program, especially one that is looking to build off this year’s campaign like the Hawks.
“The general experience of being apart of state tournament gave us so much value,” Koch said. “We had to learn how to truly mentally prepare for potential matchups against teams we did not have much knowledge of. We had to have the mindset to expect anything from these teams at the state level and hope to make adjustments and execute those adjustments when needed. Playing against some of the best athletes in the state, also gave us a visual that there is still another gear our players can reach physically.”
Koch hopes his players have that other gear in their system, since the Hawks bring back everyone from this year’s roster.
“We graduate no one this year and the expectation for us is to compete at a very high level next season both league and state wide,” he said. “We have high hopes for the program moving forward, but we all have to put in the hard work it will take to take our bodies and minds to the next level.”