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Press photo by Don HerbEmma Maskiell and the Hawks fell to Parkland in the EPC finals but now move on to districts. Copyright - DonHerb                                               Press photo by Don HerbEmma Maskiell and the Hawks fell to Parkland in the EPC finals but now move on to districts. Copyright - DonHerb

LHS, BC have tough roads in districts

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty may be the top seed in the District 11 4A subregional volleyball tournament, but the Hurricanes face a difficult road if they want to make a run to the final.

Liberty opens the tournament Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Nazareth and Stroudsburg in the quarterfinal round.

Should they advance to the semifinals on Oct., they’ll either get fifth-seed Parkland, who just knocked off Bethlehem Catholic for the EPC championship last weekend, or fourth-seeded Freedom, their biggest rival and a squad they split matches with during the regular season.

Both teams will have difficult tasks to advance through, compared to the other side of the bracket, where Delaware Valley sits as the second seed and will take on seventh-seeded Northampton or tenth-seeded Pocono Mountain West.

Third-seeded Emmaus looks like the favorite to emerge from this side of the bracket, as it opens with sixth-seeded Pleasant Valley and will be a favorite in the semifinals against anyone they face.

In 3A, Bethlehem Catholic hit the road to Pottsville Tuesday to take on the Tide in a four-five matchup. The results of that contest were past Press deadlines, but a win would push them to the semifinals on Oct. 29 against top-seeded Southern Lehigh, who swept Notre Dame-GP for the Colonial League title.

The Hawks met the Spartans on Oct. 2 in a regular season match and were swept, so Becahi will need to make adjustments this time around. After a surprise run to the EPC final, however, the Hawks should be full of momentum and confidence heading into the postseason.

On the other side of the bracket, Blue Mountain and Saucon Valley face off in a two-seven matchup, while Central Catholic and Lehighton square off in a three-six bout. The Vikings are the clear favorite to emerge from that side towards the final, which is slated for Oct. 31 at Catasauqua.