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Bethany Goes 1-1 on Final Day at Hanover Tournament

Sept. 8 - HANOVER, Ind. – After dropping a 3-1 decision to Ohio Northern to open the day, the Bethany College volleyball team bounced back to win a thrilling 3-2 match over the host school on the second day of the Hanover (Ind.) College Tournament.

The first match of the day featured the only two teams who won both their opening day matches in Bethany and Ohio Northern. The squads split the first two sets, with ONU winning the first 25-18 and the Green and White coming back for a 25-22 triumph in the second. The Polar Bears would seize control with a strong 25-15 win in the third set and finished the match off with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set.

With senior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) triggering the offense with 51 assists, the Bison boasted a balanced attack. Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) hammered a match-high 18 kills, while senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) posted 11 and sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) recorded 10.

Bethany’s defensive efforts featured five blocks from Cassidy and sophomore Megan Beebe (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek) and five players with double digit digs. Freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) posted a team-leading 21 and four others, including Cassidy, Zavatchen, senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold), had 12 each.

The match between BC and Hanover was a tightly-contested roller-coaster type match. Bethany jumped to an early lead with a 25-22 victory in the first, but the Panthers (4-5) narrowly evened the match at 1-1 with a 27-25 victory in the second. The Bison had the easiest win of the day by a 25-16 margin in the third, but Hanover answered back again to force a deciding set by winning the fourth 25-23. Bethany regrouped to take the fifth set 15-9, which gave them a 3-1 record over the weekend and 7-3 mark for the season.

Goodwill turned in a stellar effort in the victory, finishing with 15 kills, the second highest total of her career in a match. Cassidy was right behind her with 14 kills and sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) put away 10. Zavatchen set a season-high with 57 assists, which is tied for the third-highest total in her career.

The back row for Bethany was busy once again in this one, as Mouch brought up 24 digs and Becquet had 23, both career-highs.

The busy start to the Bison’s season will slow down somewhat this week, as Bethany will not be in action again until Thursday. The Green and White will play their first match at home this year, as well as the initial PAC contest of the season, when they welcome Washington & Jefferson to Hummel Field House. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.