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Hurricanes again undefeated to start year

Liberty’s volleyball team has picked up right where they left off last season, as the Hurricanes are off to 5-0 start to the season.

Head coach Connor Swigart lost seven seniors from last year’s group, but the Hurricanes have done nothing but take care of business in the early part of the season.

“There has been a lot to love so far,” said Swigart. “We had a key injury during our first day of practice and the girls rallied together to make sure they did all they could to make sure we didn’t drop off. This team has five great seniors that have set a high standard for everyone else on the roster. They work their hardest everyday to challenge themselves and each other. We’ve had some great competition in certain positions and the girls have rolled with it, making the best of the situation as they can. The energy and excitement they bring to practices has been amazing. It makes me even more excited to come work with them each day.”

Liberty has matchups with Nazareth and Pocono Mountain East this week, which should keep their win streak rolling, but next week is when Swigart and the team will get some true tests taking on fellow undefeated schools Central Catholic (5-0) and Parkland (5-0).

“Each team is different each year,” he said. “We are more balanced as an entire squad. The level of play in practice has been very good to see. These girls love being around each other and want to see each other succeed if it means the team gets better. We have some good teams coming up over the next weeks in matches and tournaments that will help reveal a lot about us and what we need to work on.”

Freedom (3-2) has a slate of three matchups this week against Bethlehem Catholic (1-3), East Stroudsburg South (0-5) and Whitehall (0-6). It’s a week of games where the Pates should get some momentum and help close the gap on clinching a district berth.

Bethlehem Catholic is looking to find their footing with a 1-3 start to the year and have a chance at gaining some ground this week with Northampton (2-4), Freedom and East Stroudsburg North (0-5).