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Press photo Linda RothrockBecahi’s Kyla Rodriguez and Christina Amrick go up to block a shot. Copyright - DonHerb                                               Press photo Linda RothrockBecahi’s Kyla Rodriguez and Christina Amrick go up to block a shot. Copyright - DonHerb

Volleyball looks to finish strong

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The playoffs are in play for every Bethlehem school heading into the final two weeks of the season, as Liberty (10-1), Freedom (10-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (9-2) have all secured volleyball berths in the District 11 tournament.

It might be the best run during the regular season for all three schools, which will only heat up this week when the Hurricanes take on the Golden Hawks in a key EPC showdown.

Liberty is currently in first place in the EPC, but Becahi and Freedom are only a game behind. With Liberty and Becahi taking each other on Tuesday [past Press deadlines], the result could pivotal in the EPC playoff race.

“We have lofty goals for this year and we need to focus on the next game and have that be our focus,” said Liberty head coach Connor Swigart. “We have a match against Becahi this week and that’s our sole focus. They are a good team coming off a big win over Parkland and we are excited for the opportunity to compete against a good team in a rivalry game. It’s always fun to play them and am expecting it to be a high energy environment and give ourselves a chance to grow and get better.”

That growth is what Swigart is looking for after Freedom swept the Hurricanes. The loss was a tough pill to swallow for the group, ending their eight game winning streak and snatching them from the unbeatens, but it was a tough lesson that Swigart hopes can pay dividends down the road.

“Firstly Freedom played incredible,” he said. “They made us uncomfortable all night and we didn’t respond well as players or coaches enough to make up for it. I think we have bounced back nicely. We took a day off last week and it allowed us to get right and come back into practice and refocus.

“It was a loss we were hoping to avoid but going forward it could be something that benefits us. In retrospect there were things as a coach I mishandled.”

The Patriots have Dieruff, Allen and Stroudsburg this week before gearing up for Becahi and Easton next week to conclude the regular season. They should be able to sweep this week’s schedule and gear for a big match against the Hawks on Oct 7.

Becahi has won six straight, including a five match victory over Parkland, to push them into contention for the top-seed in the EPC.

With Liberty, Southern Lehigh and Dieruff this week, each game will be important to help them try and push for the league and district seeding.