Sept. 17 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After spoiling Franciscan (Ohio) University’s home opener on Sept. 3, the Bethany College volleyball team nearly had the favor returned by visiting Barons Monday night, but the Bison rallied from a game down to register a 3-2 (29-31, 30-9, 28-30, 30-14, 15-8) victory.
BC (4-8) looked like they were in control of the first game, scoring the first six points and holding as large as a 13-6 advantage. Their lead was 17-11 when Franciscan (6-7) scored eight consecutive to move in front 19-17. Bethany still trailed 25-23 when they scored five in a row to take a 28-25 lead, but the Barons won the game by tallying six of the next seven points.
Game two was all Bison, as they scored six of the first seven points and never saw Franciscan move closer than four the rest of the way in a 30-9 win. The third game was a mirror-image of the first, as it was tied at 11 before the Barons slowly pulled away to hold a five-point lead. Their advantage stood at 29-24 when BC scored four straight to get within one, but a service error gave Franciscan the final point in the 30-28 Baron win.
There was little doubt there would be a fifth and deciding game, as Bethany opened the fourth with an 8-1 spurt en route to a 30-14 win. That momentum carried into the fifth game, with the Bison moving out to an 8-2 advantage and ending the hard-fought victory when senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.) hammered down her 28th kill of the night, which set a new career-high.
Spegal’s new high in kills, which surpasses her previous total of 25 set Sept. 7 against D’Youville (N.Y.) College, was complimented by a team-leading 22 digs. The Bison senior, who now has 1,058 career kills, was joined in double figure kills by freshman Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) with 13.
Also setting a career-high was junior Kim McKay (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who passed out 51 assists, breaking her previous best by one that was set in the same D’Youville match. McKay also served up five aces in the victory, while freshman Sarah Olson (Rices Landing, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) brought up 12 digs.
Bethany will return to conference action on Wednesday when they host new PAC member Chatham (Pa.) University in Hummel Field House at 7 p.m.