Sept. 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team began Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) play Thursday with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-20) victory over Washington & Jefferson at Hummel Field House.
The Bison (8-3, 1-0) used a big rally late in the first set to move in front. Bethany led 14-12, but the Presidents (5-3, 1-2) responded with five straight points to start an 8-1 run and take a 20-15 lead. W&J would get within a point of taking the set at 24-22 when a service error following a timeout kept BC alive. The Green and White then seized control, as a block tied the set and after the Presidents went back in front by two, senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) posted two straight kills and a W&J hitting error gave Bethany the 27-25 win.
The second set was knotted at 12-12 when two Cassidy kills and an ace from senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) sparked a 4-0 spurt that put Bethany firmly in control. Four of the final six points in the set for BC came off kills from sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and a putaway by senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) closed out the 25-15 win and a 2-0 Bison lead.
The final set was even as well until a Bison run midway through turned the tide. W&J was on top 14-11 when a kill from sophomore Megan Beebe (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek) ignited a 7-0 charge by the Green and White. The Presidents managed to trim the deficit to one, but kills from Goodwill and Fenner and an ace by sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) sealed the set and the match win for the Bison.
Prior to the match, senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) was recognized for surpassing 4,000 career assists. She then turned in 28 assists and 11 digs to help lead Bethany to the victory. The top hitter was Cassidy with 11 kills and she chipped in a team-leading three aces as well. Beebe was tough at the net, with five blocks, while Becquet and freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) both brought up 11 digs.
The Bison will be in action again Saturday when they travel to Waynesburg for a tri-match. After taking on the Yellow Jackets at 11 a.m., Bethany will play Chatham at 1 p.m.