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Oct. 7 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Although the Bethany volleyball team had good starts to every set, visiting Thiel had stronger finishes and sent the Bison to a 3-0 (14-25, 19-25, 19-25) defeat Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.

In the opening set, BC (10-9, 2-5) was even with the Tomcats (14-7, 5-1) through the early stages, as a block by sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) leveled the score at 11-1. However, Thiel seized control by ripping off nine consecutive points and coasted to the 1-0 advantage.

Freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) began the second set with a kill, as assist to freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) for a kill and an ace for a quick 3-0 lead. The Tomcats rebounded strongly again by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to go in front 12-6 and Bethany was never able to get closer than two the rest of the set, as TC moved closer to the win.

The third set saw the Bison take a 6-4 lead on an ace by freshman Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) and they still led 13-12 when freshman Sarah Slagle (North Canton, Ohio/Perry) put away her ninth kill of the night. Another big spurt helped Thiel close it out, as the visitors notched nine of the next 10 points to balloon their cushion to 21-14 and they finished off the three-set triumph.

A pair of freshman posted solid nights for the Green and White, with Slagle turning in nine kills and 11 digs and Zavatchen passing out 22 assists and bringing up 12 digs. Pacing the defensive efforts was sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 16 digs.

Now more than halfway through their seven-matches-in-seven days stretch, the road doesn’t get any easier on the back half for the Bison. They travel to defending league champion Westminster Thursday night for a 7 p.m. match. Bethany managed to take a set from the Titans in their first meeting Sept. 26, but Westminster still upended BC in four that day.