Sept. 10 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team fell into a two-set hole Wednesday night and couldn’t climb their way out, as they fell to visiting Thiel (Pa.) College 3-1 (23-25, 15-25, 25-21, 18-25) in the PAC opener for both teams.
The Bison (2-4, 0-1) fell behind by as many as five early in the first set and still trailed 22-17. Bethany freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) had a kill to ignite a 6-1 run that was capped off by an ace from freshman Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) to tie the score at 23-23. But the Tomcats (4-5, 1-0) notched the next two points to close out the set and move in front 1-0.
The second set belonged to Thiel, who built an eight-point lead early. The Green and White managed to cut that to four on three occasions, the last coming at 17-13, but the visitors secured the set with five straight points and eight of the final 10 for a 25-15 win.
Sophomore Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Meadows would step up with big efforts in the third set to keep the match going. A pair of kills from Stewart helped BC take a 16-13 lead, which was answered by six consecutive points from Thiel. Stewart ended that run with another kill, which started a string of seven straight points from Bethany. Meadows hammered a pair of kills which gave her team the lead for good at 21-20, then finished off the 25-21 win with another kill to extend the match.
Thiel would go on to complete the road win however, with a 25-18 triumph in the fourth set. The Tomcats built a 22-15 advantage, then watched BC chop three off the margin to get within 22-18. The Tomcats tallied three in a row to wrap up the overall win and get their first win in PAC play this year.
Bethany’s hitters were paced by Meadows, who had 10 kills, while Stewart tallied nine kills and nine digs. She was second on the team in both categories, as Tiffany Hoffman brought up 29 digs for a new career-high. Her twin sister Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) set the offense up with 26 assists.
The Bison will have one day off, then head to Case Western Reserve (Ohio) University Friday and Saturday for a tournament. BC will take on John Carroll (Ohio) University and Case Western Friday night, before challenging Marietta (Ohio) College and Pitt-Bradford on day two.