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Bethany Rolls to Ninth Straight Win by Downing Grove City
Sept. 25 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team picked up its ninth consecutive victory and remained atop the PAC standings with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) triumph over visiting Grove City Tuesday night at Hummel Field House.
The Bison (15-3, 6-0) surged ahead in the opening set with an 8-2 run, triggered by two kills and an ace from sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill). A seven-point BC lead was trimmed to 18-15 following a quick Wolverine (7-6, 4-3) push, but following a Bethany timeout, the Green and White wrapped up the set by scoring seven of the final eight points to take a 1-0 lead.
Grove City burst out to a 7-4 advantage to open the second set, but the Bison responded with three kills by sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and a kill and an ace from senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) as part of an 8-1 run. Later in the set, Cassidy dealt two more aces and another Fenner kill helped BC take a commanding 24-16 lead. The Wolverines made a late charge with five consecutive points, but senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) finished the set with a kill and the Green and White was in front 2-0.
The match was closed out in the third set behind a potent Bison attack at the net. Cassidy and Goodwill both had four kills in the final set and Fenner collected another three, as Bethany finished off its 15th win of the year and the 99th of head coach Courtney Kline’s time at the school. Now in her sixth year at the helm, Kline has a 99-83 mark as the BC head coach.
Highlighting the victory was senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), who posted her ninth double-double of the season and fifth in a row with 38 assists and 12 digs. Cassidy, the reigning PAC Player of the Week, hit a team-best 13 kills and three aces, with Goodwill coming in right behind her by putting away 12 and Fenner had nine kills.
On the defensive side, Harris had six blocks and in the back row, sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) brought up 13 digs, while freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) registered 12 and matched Cassidy with three aces.
Next up for the Bison is a big test this weekend when they travel to Thomas More for a PAC tri-match. Bethany will play Saint Vincent on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then take on the home team Saints, who are also unbeaten in the PAC with a 4-0 conference mark.