Oct. 15 – PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team split a pair of matches in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Playing in two separate venues, the bison fell to Point Park University, 3-2, before defeating Chatham University, 3-0.
In their first match of the day, the Bison dropped a tough, five-game decision to Point Park University. Bethany dropped the first game 25-21 but then stormed back to take games two and three, 25-22 and 25-16, respectively. In game four, the tides were turned again as Point Park took the game, 25-19 and completed the five game victory with a 15-11 win in game number five.
In the game, three different Bison notched double-digit kills as Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) led the way with 12 kills. Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) totaled 11 in the contest, while Sadie Davenport (Newark, Ohio/Lakewood) finished with a career-high 11. Setter Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Mansfield) totaled 46 assists.
Lynsie Mandt (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) finished the game with a team-high 17 digs while Haley Santymire (Clifton, Va./Centreville) and Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) notched 16 each.
In the second game, the Bison trekked over to Chatham University for a PAC match with the Cougars. Bethany handled their business taking down Chatham in straight sets (25-5, 25-9, 25-11) to earn their 11th conference victory and remain unbeaten in the PAC.
Mackenzie once again led the way with nine kills and just one error while Davenport made her first start of the season, totaling eight kills and zero errors to give her a total of 19 on the day between the two matches. Emily Crawford (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) got significant playing time and total 13 assists in the contest.
Defensively, the Bison held the Cougars to a .054 hitting percentage and were led by nine digs from Mouch. Bethany also totaled 10 service aces in the match, getting four each from Mouch and Arielle Sanders (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights).
The Bison will be back in action as they return home on Thursday to continue conference play against Waynesburg University. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start.