Bethany Places Two on Academic All-District II Volleyball Team
Nov. 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the second consecutive year, the Bethany College volleyball team had multiple players earn spots on the Capital One Academic All-District II team, as seniors Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division III institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia make up District II.
With their selection to the All-District team, Zavatchen and Cassidy both advance to the Capital One Academic All-American ballot, where First-, Second- and Third-Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Led by the two Academic All-District selections, the Bison volleyball team has put together a 29-8 record and has Bethany playing for a third consecutive ECAC Tournament this weekend.
Zavatchen (right) makes her second appearance on the All-District Team and last year, she went on to add First Team Academic All-American accolades. She is putting the finishing touches on a brilliant career in Green and White this season. This season, she is ranked second in the conference in assists per set and recorded her 16th double-double of the year with 42 assists and 11 digs in BC’s 3-0 victory over Penn State Behrend in the ECAC Quarterfinal Wednesday. In the last week, she was named First Team All-PAC, her fourth all-league award, and the PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November.
Academically, Zavatchen has a GPA of 3.99 as a pre-physical therapy major. She’s made the President’s List for a perfect 4.0 GPA five times and served as the Senior Fellow for the psychology department during the spring of 2012. Zavatchen is also the president of the Psychology Club, treasurer of the Pre-Health Professional Club, is a coach for a youth volleyball team and has been a four-year volunteer for Relay for Life.
Jessica is the daughter of Michael & Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.
Cassidy also earned her second award this week, as she was tabbed First Team All-PAC just two days ago. The PAC leader in kills and kills in set, she had 15 in the ECAC triumph over Penn State Behrend. After going over 1,000 career kills earlier in the year, Cassidy has risen to second all-time at Bethany with 1,222 and her 474 this season leaves her 13 away from breaking the single-season record of 486 that Vicki Hill set in 1987.
An English major in the classroom, Cassidy (right) has earned a GPA above 3.35. She’s been on the Dean’s List twice and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Cassidy is also the editor of the student publication The Harbinger, a collection of short stories and poems submitted by people within the Bethany community.
Taylor is the daughter of Tim & Leslee Cassidy of Barboursville, W.Va.
Bethany has now had put five on the Academic All-District team in the last two years. Last fall saw Zavatchen and graduates Tiffany (Second Team) and Megan Hoffman (Third Team) earn Capital One Academic All-American distinction.