Whitehall’s volleyball team is turning down the final stretch of their season and the Zephyrs are gearing up for a final push heading into the postseason.
However, the Zephyrs (13-4, 9-4) took a concerning tumble Tuesday night losing to Nazareth (9-6, 6-6) in four games — 18-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-25.
Tuesday night’s defeat may be what the Zephyrs needed for a wake-up call, but it comes at inopportune time with a Thursday night matchup with Parkland (13-1, 12-0) looming.
Bethlehem Steel FC registered their second straight scoreless draw at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium Sunday afternoon against Louisville City.
The draw gives Steel FC a 2-2-2 mark on the season and extended their unbeaten streak to three games with the result, good enough to put them in ninth place in the table with eight points through six games.
The home side had a chance in the 18th minute when Fabian Herbers beat several defenders and played Eric Ayuk with a through ball on goal, but Louisville keeper Greg Ranjitsingh rushed the play and killed a scoring opportunity.
Whitehall’s win streak on the volleyball courts reached six straight matches following Monday’s sweep over Freedom--25-15, 25-18, 25-16--on the road.
The Zephyrs have now swept five out of their last six opponents, with the exception coming in last week’s five game clash with Dieruff, as the Zephs held on to win 21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 15-5.
The District 11 Wrestling Coaches Association presented $1,000 scholarships to Stroudsburg’s Jake Jakobsen and Palisades’ Tyler Marsh as the District 11 Class AAA and Class AA scholar-wrestlers of the year during Sunday’s annual banquet at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township.
Now is the time that George Cowitch is preaching to his volleyball team. Through 11 matches, Whitehall has enjoyed eight victories, but the three losses - to Parkland, Liberty and Emmaus - are what stand out to him at this point.
The Zephyrs enjoyed wins over Hazleton, Freedom and North Pocono over the weekend, but a three game sweep to Emmaus - 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 - last Thursday shows the Zephyrs still have a lot of work to do in order to crack the top three teams in the district.
Bethlehem Steel FC dropped their second consecutive contest of their inaugural USL season on Sunday, losing on the road to New York Red Bulls II 4-0.
Whitehall was off to an undefeated start to the volleyball season, but that was until last week when the Zephyrs ran into defending state champion Parkland and East Penn Conference up-comer Liberty.
After a 3-0 start to the year, Whitehall fell victim to the Trojans power, getting swept in three games, followed by a sweep to Liberty two days later.
It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel soccer club, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3 p.m.
Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.
Whitehall’s boys volleyball program has been the model of consistency in the Lehigh Valley and the Zephyrs will look to continue that march into this spring.
Coming off last year’s 12-8 mark, which saw them lose in the District 11 3A semifinals to Emmaus in five games, head coach George Cowitch returns a group that he expects to challenge for postseason berths.