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Oct. 6 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. –The Bethany College volleyball team equaled their win total from all of last year by defeating Chatham 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-17) before losing a tightly-contested 3-1 match (25-22, 25-27, 23-25, 20-25) to Geneva in a tri-match at Chatham Wednesday.

With the win over Chatham, not only did the Bison (16-4) improve to 5-2 in the PAC, it was their 16th victory of the season. That matches their mark from last year when they finished 16-15 and is the most wins since BC won 22 during the 1992 campaign.

Sophomore setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) paced the Chatham triumph with 33 assists and three blocks. Junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) and sophomore Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) both had eight kills, while Talkington added in three aces. Defensively, juniors Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa.) totaled 12 and 11 digs, respectively.

The second game of the day was a rematch of Bethany’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Geneva on Sept. 18 at Hummel Field House. This time around was just as close, but the Golden Tornadoes were able to rebound from an opening set loss to edge BC in the second and third sets before closing out the match with a 25-20 fourth-set triumph.

Talkington posted huge numbers for the Bison in the defeat, as she posted team-highs of 16 kills, seven blocks and three aces. Cassidy also reached double figures in kills with 14, with Zavatchen providing 40 assists. Defensively, Cole had 15 digs and sisters Tiffany and Megan Hoffman had 13 each.

Bethany’s next match will provide a big challenge with a tri-match at Thomas More Saturday. The Bison will take on the PAC-leading Saints (13-7, 6-0) at 11 a.m. before squaring off with Westminster (11-9, 6-1) in a pair of huge league matches.