Not much has changed for Liberty’s volleyball team heading into this season and the Hurricanes want it to continue that way.
Liberty is off to a 4-0 start as they head into a week with two tests against East Penn Conference stalwarts with Parkland (3-1) and Central Catholic (2-2) this week.
Head coach Missy Lynn is hoping that this week can pose some challenges to her team this week, as they’ve swept all four of their opponents this season so far.
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association named their All-State teams recently with several members from District 11 named to the 3A team.
The Emmaus trio of James Haag, Cameron Parsons and Matt Swanson earned honors, while Whitehall’s Joseph Herman and Nazareth’s Michael Dougherty also made the squad.
The complete 3A list is below.
PIAA DISTRICT I
Nick Baniewicz Council Rock North S 6’-4” 12
2 Charlie Bluestein Pennsbury LIB 6’-1” 12
3 Dylan Colbert Central Bucks East OH 6’-4” 11
4 Jack Gunshenan Council Rock North OPP 6’-2” 12
After a slow start to the season, Bethlehem Catholic’s field hockey team hopes things could be changing in their fortune heading into this week.
After dropping three straight contests to start the season, the Hawks have now won two straight games to bring their record to 2-3.
Becahi has knocked enjoy success against their EPC counterparts from the north, topping East Stroudsburg North 3-0 and Pleasant Valley 4-1 last Friday.
Getting in the win column is something head coach Lucas Wilde hopes can start some momentum for the team.
Freedom head coach Jason Roeder has been here before with undefeated starts to the football season. Following last week’s 49-28 road win at Nazareth, the Pates continued their trek to an undefeated first month of the season.
Sitting at 4-0 heading into this week’s matchup with Whitehall (1-3), Roeder has seen fast starts play out in the past, as the Pates started 7-0 in 2014 and 6-0 in 2015.
The difference in this year’s start compared to those is the quality of victories the team has been able to muster together thus far.
The Patriots move to the top of the poll with their impressive win over Parkland last week and have fully cemented themselves as the area’s best team through the first three weeks of the season.
Now the question is who can beat them?
Easton still lurks in the background, while Central Catholic jumped back in the poll.
Check out this week’s picks to see where each team stands.
1. Freedom (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
Pates are the area’s true number one team.
The Pick: Freedom 35 - Nazareth 17
2. Parkland (2-1)
John Truby took all the blame after the final whistle blew at BASD Stadium last Saturday night.
With Liberty battling Bethlehem Catholic on a rainy night, the Hurricanes special teams let the game slip through their hands.
Special teams miscues led to 24 points for the Hawks, as they bounced back from Liberty’s opening score and went on to cruise to a 45-16 victory.
It was a rebound win for the Hawks (2-1) after losing to Freedom the week before and it was the first taste of defeat of the season for Liberty (2-1).
After taking care of business in the first week of the season, Freedom’s volleyball team is now ready for their first real test of their EPC schedule with Tuesday’s city rivalry contest with Bethlehem Catholic.
The Pates are off to 2-0 start after wins over Dieruff and Allen to start the year, but head coach Donna Roman knows the heat will turn up in their match against the Hawks (1-1).
After the first full week of action, Liberty’s field hockey team is one of the few teams in the area to be sitting with an undefeated record.
The Hurricanes are 2-0-1 following a 2-2 weekend draw with Lehighton, as they prep for a week with Pocono Mountain West and Easton.
Friday’s showdown with the Rovers (4-0) will be big for the division lead, as well as the team’s biggest challenge of the season.
After enduring the early heat this season, head coach Mary Kate Omdahl is looking forward to what her team can put together this week.
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
There may not be a better way for Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty to open up their volleyball seasons than with a city rivalry match right off the bat.
That’s how both teams started their East Penn Conference slate for the fall in Tuesday’s contest, which was past Press deadlines.
However, the anticipation of the match and what it means to both programs both unveiled similar characteristics from both sides.