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Bethany Earns #1 Seed for ECAC Tournament, Will Host Behrend Wednesday

Nov. 5 -BETHANY, W.Va. – After recording 28 wins during the season, the Bethany College volleyball team earned a chance to win its third consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament title when the Bison were named the top seed for the 2012 tournament, which will open Wednesday night.

Bethany, who won the 2010 and 2011 ECAC crowns by defeating Saint Vincent in the final both years, will host #8 Penn State Behrend (19-9) in a quarterfinal match Wednesday at 7 p.m. The other quarterfinal matches include #2 Moravian (27-8) hosting #7 Penn State-Abrington (18-10), #3 Swarthmore (19-6) versus #6 Delaware Valley (16-9) and #4 Cabrini (19-9) hosting #5 Lebanon Valley (18-13).

If the Bison defeat Penn State Behrend in the opening round, BC would host the tournament semifinals and championship match Saturday at Hummel Field House.

Bethany tied its own record for most wins in the regular season with its 28 victories this season. The Green and White finished with a 14-4 mark and in third place in the PAC during the regular season. The Bison bested Grove City in the quarterfinals of the PAC Tournament before falling 3-1 to Thiel in the semifinals.

3189Zavatchen12.jpg The Bison are led by its winningest senior class in program history. Setter Jessica Zavatchen (right - Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) engineers the offense, as she is the program’s all-time leader in assists (5,147) and ranks sixth all-time in digs (1,206).

A pair of senior hitters who reached 1,000 career kills this year are the top threats at the net. Outside hitter Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) leads the league with 459 kills this year and Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) surpassed 1,000 kills in the regular season finale and had a career-high 18 in the PAC semifinal match against Thiel.

Penn State Behrend finished the season 19-9 and went a perfect 9-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) to win the regular season title. The Lions reached the AMCC Tournament final, but were knocked off by Medaille 3-1. Behrend looks to a solid 1-2 punch up front in senior Mary Sperry (2.89 kills per set) and sophomore Catherine Healy (2.64 kills per set, .353 hitting percentage) to spearhead the attack with junior setter Chelsea Magnusen (898 assists) triggering the offense.