Sept. 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany volleyball team dropped both ends of a home tri-match Saturday, losing to Geneva 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 17-25) and then battling defending PAC champion Westminster to four sets before losing 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 18-25, 14-25).
In the opening match of the day, the Bison (8-6, 0-3) started off sluggish and never recovered, as only a late push by BC made the final difference 25-18. The second set was tight throughout, as neither team held larger than a two-point margin until kills by freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) sandwiched around an ace by sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) gave the Green and White a 18-15 lead.
It was still a two-point Bison advantage at 20-18 when the Golden Tornadoes (8-2) ran off four straight to take the lead. BC managed to even the score at 23-23 on a kill by sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall), but the GTs tallied the final two points to claim the set.
Bethany stayed with Geneva for most of the final set, but the visitors ripped off six consecutive points to expand a three-point lead to 23-14 and go on to clinch the win.
Schrecengost led BC hitters with six kills and also had nine kills, while Goodwill had five kills. Zavatchen passed out 18 assists and totaled eight digs in the defeat, while the defense was also highlighted by 14 digs from freshman Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) and 13 from sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn).
After Geneva took down Westminster 3-0 in the middle match, the Titans (4-13, 3-0) moved into the finale against Bethany and gradually pulled away for a 25-14 opening set triumph. The Bison look like they might be in trouble in the second, falling behind 9-6, but roared back with 13 of the next 15 points to build a 19-11 cushion. Consecutive kills by Schrecengost put BC to the brink of a 1-1 tie at 24-16, but Bethany had to withstand five straight Titan points before getting the side out for the final point of the 25-21 win.
In the third set, the Bison just couldn’t climb out of an early hole they dug themselves. Westminster took two four-point leads in the early stages, but the Green and White moved within one the first time and trimmed the second down to 18-16 following a Schrecengost spike. However, the Titans answered with five straight points and would post a 25-18 win to move within a set of victory.
The third set win gave Westminster the momentum and they used it to their advantage. Three early kills by Schrecengost wasn’t enough to keep Bethany from falling behind 17-6 and the Titans coasted to the clinching win.
Schrecengost again led the Bison offensively with 11 kills and added 15 digs, while Zavatchen recorded 33 assists and 10 digs. Another big hitter was Talkington with 10 putaways and she added three blocks, while Hoffman led the squad with 18 digs.
Bethany will be back in action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when they host Waynesburg in a PAC match at Hummel Field House.