Oct. 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Paced by freshmen Megan (36 assists) and Tiffany (26 digs) Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn), the Bethany College volleyball team claimed their second consecutive victory Thursday night with a 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21) victory over Carlow (Pa.) University.
Freshman Emily Tevis (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) had one kill and one block to help the Bison (4-12) race out to a 7-1 lead in the opening game. Freshman Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) would nail four kills in the opening set, including three of the final five points to put BC on top.
Bethany struggled to start the second set, as the Celtics (4-13) surged to a 14-11 lead. BC rallied back, as sophomore Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) put one away to tie the set at 14, which was followed by a kill from freshman Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall). Two points later, the pair teamed up for a block to give Bethany a 17-14 advantage. Their lead grew to 20-15, but Carlow dominated to close the set, ripping off a 10-3 run to take the game and even the match at 1-1.
The third set belonged to the Bison from start to finish. After opening the set with a 10-3 spurt, the Green and White never let Carlow move closer than four the rest of the way. Talkington keyed the victorious set with one kill, one ace and a pair of solo blocks, as Bethany went to the fourth with a chance to close it out.
The Celtics weren’t going away easily, as the built an 8-3 advantage to begin the fourth. Bethany clawed their way back and when a string of six consecutive points was started by a kill and an ace from Stewart, BC took a 15-11 lead and never trailed again. The visitors moved within one at 21-20, but Bethany secured their second consecutive victory by tallying four of the set’s final five points.
Bethany’s balanced attack was ignited by Megan Hoffman, as her 36 assists was her second-highest total of the season. The big hitters for BC were Schrecengost with 10, freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) with eight and Tevis with seven.
On the defensive end, Tiffany Hoffman’s 26 digs was also her second-best total of the campaign, while Talkington finished with three blocks.
Bethany will look to build on their two-game winning streak Saturday when they host a PAC tri-match at Hummel Field House for Homecoming. The Bison will take on Waynesburg at 11 a.m. to start the day. Following a Waynesburg-Saint Vincent match at 1 p.m., Bethany will battle SVC at 3 p.m.