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BC volleyball hopes for state aspirations

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team was one win away from reaching the state championship heading into Tuesday’s PIAA 3A semifinal matchup against York Suburban.

The results of that contest were past Press deadlines, but it further showed how special this year’s team has been after working their way through the first two rounds of the state tournament.

The Hawks advanced to the semis with a win in four games (25-6, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23) over Pope John Paul II over the weekend, moving them closer to state championship aspirations.

“It is extremely exciting to get to this point in the season,” said Hawks’ head coach Kelly Brown. “I felt the team played very strong during the open round. There were some parts of the game we did not look as strong, but the girls did what they had to do to finish the game.”

Becahi (16-0) now faces a District 3 champion York squad that swept Berwick in their state opener.

While the Hawks are ranked first in the state by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, York (18-0) might be considered an underdog as they’re ranked fourth, but at this point of the year, everyone might be on equal footing.

“I do not know much about York Suburban, but at this point in states, any team we will be seeing will have a lot of talent,” Brown said. “I always tell the girls we need to stay composed, do what we need to do on our 30 x 30, and always keep the energy up and a positive attitude.”

The winner of Tuesday’s contest heads to the state final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School, where they’ll either meet Franklin Regional or DuBois Area.