9/1: WSOC at Marietta (4 PM), XC at Muskingum (4 PM), FH vs Wooster (4:30 PM); 9/2: WT vs Geneva (4 PM), MSOC at Frostburg State (7 PM)
BETHANY EARNS 20TH WIN WITH 3-1 VICTORY AT GROVE CITY
Oct. 23 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team scored a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19) victory at Grove City Thursday, which, in addition to improving the Bison to 8-5 in the PAC, was historic for two other reasons.
The victory was the 20th of the year for BC (20-10), making this just the fourth season since the program began in 1972 that the Green and White has reached the 20-win plateau. It was also Bethany’s first-ever win at Grove City in a series that dates back to 1985. The Bison owned only five total victories over the Wolverines in that time, with four coming at Hummel Field House (1992, 2000, 2009, 2010) and the other coming on a neutral floor at Oberlin in 2003.
The Bison claimed a 2-0 lead Thursday night by taking the first two sets 25-19, 25-18. Grove City would extend the match by squeezing out a 25-23 decision in the third set, but BC closed out the triumph by scoring a 25-19 decision in the fourth.
Junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) continued her stellar late season play by racking up a team-high 15 kills, while sophomore Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) collected 12. Sophomore setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed off 46 assists and the serving efforts were paced by sophomore Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) with three aces.
Leading the defense was junior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 18 digs and junior Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa.) with 16.
With their 20th victory of the season, Bethany has now equaled the mark for third-most wins in one year, joining the 1991 Bison that finished 20-18. The only two teams that have won more games in a season was the 1992 squad, who finished 22-15, and the 1987 team that compiled a 28-22 mark overall.
The ’87 group also won a school-record eight PAC matches, another mark that was equaled by this year’s team with the victory over Grove City.
Bethany will try to continue its climb up the PAC standings and in the record books next Tuesday when they host Thiel at Hummel Field House in a 7 p.m. match.