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Hurricanes stay hot on volleyball court

This fall may end up being a special season for the Liberty volleyball team, but head coach Connor Swigart doesn’t want to get ahead of themselves.

The Hurricanes were 5-0 coming into the week and were fresh off a three-game sweep of Bethlehem Catholic last week.

Liberty has swept each of their opponents this season and that trend should continue this week with matches against Easton (3-3) and East Stroudsburg South (0-6).

“The goal everyone has is to win each match they are in,” said Swigart. “The pleasant surprise is the way in which we have won them. It has been a total team effort from everyone. You hope to go into games against Bethlehem Catholic and be able to impose your will and sweep them but doing it the way we did was great to see.”

Knocking off Becahi (3-2) last week was a staple win for the team and one that Swigart knows is a confidence booster.

“Beating Beca is always great especially when we dropped a set to them last weekend at the First Kill Tournament,” Swigart said. “The girls collectively put that in the back of their mind this week and were working to make sure that didn’t happen again. I think the best thing about that match was when we got pushed we were able to push back and impose our will on them. Whether it was on defense, at the service line or hitting we found ways to score and put ourselves in good positions while making them have to work hard for points.”

Even with the fast start for the team, Swigart understands the group has embraced the daily approach that can hopefully keep them on track to continuing their undefeated mark.

“I’m excited each day to get in the gym and be able to work alongside the other coaches, and the girls,” he said. “We have talked briefly about being in the conversation for districts at the beginning of the season but it is something we will focus on more when we get to playoff time. Until then we just love playing with each other and keep striving to work hard each day, stay healthy and hopefully be in a position to compete for championships in October.”

Becahi has Nazareth (3-1), Pleasant Valley (4-2) and Central Catholic (2-2) this week with the hopes of keeping themselves atop the District 11 3A power ratings.

Freedom (1-3) has struggled out of the gate and get a daunting task with Parkland (4-0) to start the week, but have favorable matchups against Dieruff (0-5) and East Stroudsburg North (0-6) to try and pull themselves back toward the .500 mark.