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Bethany Rolls to 5th Straight Win with 3-0 Sweep over Franciscan

Sept. 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) delivered 17 kills, including the 900th of her career, and the Bethany College volleyball team served 13 aces in a 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) over visiting Franciscan Tuesday night at Hummel Field House.

An ace from senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) gave the Bison (11-3) a 15-4 lead in the opening set. The Barons closed to gap to get within six at one point, but Cassidy had two kills and assisted on a block with sophomore Megan Beebe (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek), who also had a kill during the set-ending 6-2 run and the Bison were in front 1-0.

Franciscan took advantage of BC mistakes to open the second set and built as large as a 14-10 lead. A Bethany timeout helped switch momentum, as the Green and White erupted for a 15-2 spurt to close out the set. The BC service game turned the tide, as sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) had two aces and senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) hit three to spark the surge, which pushed Bethany to a 2-0 lead.

Cassidy’s work at the net was the story of the third set. She hammered four kills in a 10-1 run to begin the set and the senior outside hitter put away eight kills and added an ace, as the Bison closed out the set and the match to run their winning streak to five straight. With her 17 kills in the match and 911 for her career, she became just the seventh Bison player in program history to go over that mark. In addition to her kills, Cassidy also posted five digs, three blocks and two aces.

Triggering the BC attack was Zavatchen, who passed out 33 assists. Kurtz and Becquet led the big servers with four aces each. The defensive ranks were led by freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) with 12 digs in the back row and Beebe with six blocks at the net.

The Bison continue a five-game stretch at home Thursday by hosting Carlow (Pa.) University in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.