Nov. 3 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany volleyball team was able to push fourth-seeded Washington & Jefferson to the limit Tuesday night, but the Presidents pulled out a 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-7) victory over the Bison in the PAC Quarterfinals.
The season comes to a close for Bethany with a record of 16-15, their highest win total since claiming 22 victories in 1992. W&J improved to 16-15 and advances to the tournament semifinals Friday night, which will be held at top-seeded Thomas More.
A kill from sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) made it a 9-8 President lead in the opening set, but the hosts scored five straight points and would extend their lead to 24-15. The Bison were able to build momentum for the second set by scoring five in a row, two off kills from Schrecengost, but W&J eventually scored the final point to go in front 1-0.
Using the energy built up from their late run, Bethany opened with a 6-1 advantage in the second set. After extending the lead to 11-4, W&J rallied and would draw even at 20-20. But the Bison closed the set with a flourish, as consecutive strong serves from sophomore Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) gave them the lead for good. Freshman Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) followed with a two kills and Bethany would square the match at 1-1.
In the third set, it was BC who fell into a 6-1 hole to start, which would turn into a 17-7 deficit. The Bison recovered to trim it to 20-15, but W&J squashed the comeback hopes by tallying five of the final six points to take a 2-1 lead.
The match seemed destined to go the distance after Bethany built a 15-5 lead behind four kills from Schrecengost and two from Holl. The Bison were still in control at 22-15 after a kill from sophomore Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley), but five consecutive points from the Presidents brought them within 22-20. After the teams exchanged points, Bethany pushed the match to the fifth set after kills from sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) and freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) closed out the tying victory.
The deciding set was even at 2-2 early on, but W&J seized control with nine consecutive points. The Bison had a kill and two aces from Schrecengost in an effort to get back into the set, but the hole was too big and the Presidents finished the match with a 15-7 victory to move on to the weekend.
Despite the loss, it was a record-breaking night for Bison freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands). In addition to 13 digs, she passed out a career-high 54 assists to set a new Bethany single-season record with 989, surpassing the previous mark of 964 held by Acacia Iwaniec since 2001. It was also the 15th time this season she recorded double digits in assists and digs.
Taking advantage of Zavatchen’s sets were three different Bison with double figure kills. Schrecengost matched her career-high with 15 kills and added 10 digs and a team-best three aces in notching her ninth contest this season with 10+ kills and digs. Holl set a new career-high by putting away 13 kills and Goodwill totaled 12, while digs leader for the night was sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 20.