BETHANY DROPS HEART-BREAKER AT SAINT VINCENT IN PAC TOURNEY
Nov. 2 - LATROBE, Pa. – The fifth-seeded Bethany College volleyball team (21-13) was eliminated from the PAC Tournament with a heart-breaking 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-15, 17-19) loss in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at #4 Saint Vincent.
The teams split hard-fought scores in the opening two sets, with the Bearcats (22-10) taking the first 25-22 and the Bison rallying for a 25-23 decision in the second. The next two sets were not nearly as close, as SVC cruising to a 25-17 win in the third. With their backs against the wall in the fourth, Bethany responded with a 10-0 run that propelled BC to a 25-15 victory that extended the match to a fifth set.
In the fifth set, Saint Vincent led throughout most of it and was serving for the set at 14-11. Bethany roared back with four straight points and had a chance to close out the victory. The teams battled back and forth until the Bearcats were able to string consecutive points together and finish off a 19-17 win.
The Bison attack was led by a huge effort from junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall), who hammered a career-high 26 kills for her 11th straight match with double-digit kills. It was the most kills by a Bethany player since Lauren Spegal delivered 28 in a five-set win over Franciscan in Sept., 2007.
Joining Talkington in double figures was sophomore Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 13 kills. Sophomore Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) recorded a double-double with 57 assists and 17 digs, but the defensive efforts were paced by junior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn), who brought up a career-high 37 digs.
Although they have been eliminated from the conference tournament, the Bison are hoping their season isn’t over. They will wait until next Monday to learn whether they have earned a berth in the ECAC Tournament, which would be the program’s first-ever postseason bid.