Bethany Gets to 20 Wins after Beating Denison & Allegheny
Oct. 6 - MEADVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team reached 20 wins for the third consecutive season by defeating Denison 3-2 (25-27, 25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 15-11) and Allegheny 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23) Saturday in a tri-match at Allegheny.
After battling through four even sets against Denison, the Bison were tied with the Bid Red in the deciding set at 7-7. That’s when kills from senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) gave BC the lead for good. Goodwill would have two more kills down the stretch, as the Bison took their record to 3-0 in five-set matches this season.
It was a big day for three of the Bison’s top hitters, led by senior Taylor Cassidy (right - Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 16 kills. Goodwill’s big fifth set gave her 15 kills for the match, which was equaled by Harris. Senior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) was credited with 53 assists and made it a double-double with 11 digs.
Taking top honors in the digs category was freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) with 25, while senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) posted 15 and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) recorded 13.Goodwill had a strong all-around match, as she also had seven digs and four assisted blocks, which was only behind sophomore Megan Beebe’s (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek) five.
Bethany’s 20th win came in the final match of the day when the Green and White recovered from a third set loss to close out the Gators. Cassidy, who was named the Homecoming Queen back on Bethany’s campus while the Allegheny match was going on, had 20 kills to lead the Bison. It was her third match this season with 20+ kills.
Goodwill (right) also reached double digits with 10 and in the process, surpassed 900 for her career. Now with 907 career kills, she is just the seventh Bison player in program history to reach that milestone.
Other top performances in the victory came from Zavatchen with 46 assists and 11 digs and Mouch, who brought up 19 digs and served four aces.
The Bison will return to the PAC schedule Tuesday night when they host Westminster at Hummel Field House. The teams just met on Oct. 2, with BC narrowly pulling out a 3-1 win on the Titans’ home floor. Tuesday’s rematch is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.