Sept. 13 - CLEVELAND, Ohio – After losing two 3-0 decisions Friday on the first night of the Case Western Reserve (Ohio) University Tournament, the Bethany College women’s volleyball team put up valiant efforts Saturday, but came up on the short end of 3-2 losses to Marietta and Pitt-Bradford Saturday.
The Bison (2-8) took on Marietta in their first match of the day. The teams alternated winning sets, with Bethany taking the first (25-22) and third (25-21) and the Pioneers winning the second (25-19) and fourth (25-15). Marietta would be the first team to win consecutive sets in the match, as they nosed out the Bison 15-9 in the fifth for the win.
Freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) was the big hitter with 22 kills, while freshman Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) had 13 kills and four aces. Freshman Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) passed out 33 assists in the tough loss.
The Pitt-Bradford match (24-26, 26-24, 19-25, 25-22, 9-15) looked similar to the first one of the day for the Bison, except they won the second and fourth sets. Once the match reached the deciding fifth, Bethany would come up short by a 15-9 count, the third time this season the Green and White have lost a fifth set by that same score.
Schrecengost (17 kills) and Meadows (15) were once again top hitters for Bethany, while Schrecengost added in three aces. The Hoffman sisters were once again solid, as Megan handed out 24 assists and Tiffany contributed with 16 digs and three aces.
Bethany will get another chance at Marietta very soon, as the Bison will make a road trip Tuesday for a rematch with the Pioneers at 7 p.m.