Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Press photo by Linda RothrockJoy Wetzel and Rileigh Cummings go up to block a shot during the recent District 11 volleyball playoffs. Press photo by Linda RothrockJoy Wetzel and Rileigh Cummings go up to block a shot during the recent District 11 volleyball playoffs.

Area teams ousted

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The championship aspirations for Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic came to a close last week in the District 11 volleyball tournaments. as both teams were ousted from their respective tourney’s via sweeps.

Liberty (16-4) fell in three games to Parkland in the 4A semifinals, while Becahi (16-6) couldn’t overturn a regular season loss to Southern Lehigh in a sweep in their 3A semifinal.

Both Parkland and Southern Lehigh went on to win their respective classes.

For first-year Liberty head coach Connor Swigart, the season may not have ended like he hoped, but he has an eye moving forward.

“We always have the expectations of coming in every year with our focus on growth, so I’m very excited to see how we progress,” Swigart said. “Although we didn’t reach our ultimate goal it was still a good year and I think the girls grew from the experience. I know as a coach there are things I can work on and be better for them next season.”

With Liberty losing to Parkland in the EPC tournament, as well as districts, the Trojans found the right time to get hot.

“Parkland is always improving,” Swigart said. “They were able to pick on us in some keys ways and we couldn’t make the adjustments we needed to in a timely manner. That comes down to coaching and that’s something I will improve at doing.”

Southern Lehigh knocked off another EPC opponent in the 3A finals, as they topped Central Catholic in five games to win the crown.

The PIAA tournament got underway Tuesday night with Parkland (17-5) taking on Central Dauphin at Catasauqua at 7 p.m.

Southern Lehigh (16-1) kicks off the action at Catty with a 5:30pm matchup against West York.