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Bethany Finishes Regular Season with Two Wins & Two Milestones

Oct. 27 -WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team completed its regular season slate with 3-0 wins at Washington & Jefferson (26-24, 25-23, 25-19) and over Wooster (25-17, 25-23, 25-20), which were highlighted by seniors Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) reaching career milestones.

3189Zavatchen12.jpg Zavatchen, who already owns the BC single-season and career assist marks, reached her landmark in the W&J victory, which gave the Bison a sweep of the season series over the Presidents. Needing just two assists to reach 5,000 for her career, the senior setter passed out 34 in the victory and made it a double-double with 10 digs.

The top hitters in the match for Bethany was senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 13 kills, which moved her into third place all-time as the school for career kills, and Goodwill, who set up her big achievement in the next match with 10 kills. For the defense, freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) brought up 24 digs and sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) had six blocks.

9735Goodwill12.jpg In Bethany’s final match of the afternoon, the Green and White were impressive in sweeping past Wooster, who finished its regular season with an 18-11 record. The story of the win was Goodwill (right), who entered the tilt five kills away from hitting 1,000 for her career. She had eight in the match and with 1,003 kills, she is only the sixth Bison in program history to surpass that milestone.

It was a balanced BC attack that sparked the victory. Cassidy led again with a dozen kills and also served a pair of aces, while sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) recorded nine and Harris matched Goodwill with eight. Zavatchen again triggered the offense with 39 assists.

Bethany’s defense also put up good dig totals, with Mouch totaling 24 for the second match in a row and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) followed up her 16-dig performance in the W&J win with 10 versus Wooster.

Despite the victories, the Bison (27-7, 14-4) will enter next week’s PAC Tournament as the third seed. Thanks to a big win over Thomas More, Thiel clinched the second seed and the bye into the semifinals next weekend. Bethany will now open play in the conference playoffs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with a home match against either Grove City or Saint Vincent. A BC win Tuesday will advance them into the semifinals against Thiel, which will be played Friday at Thomas More, who is the top seed and host for the Tournament next weekend.