Oct. 29 - BETHANY, W.Va. – With a 3-0 (9-30, 25-30, 23-30) loss to visiting Grove City (Pa.) College (19-11, 9-5) Monday night, the Bethany College volleyball team brought an end to their 2007 season with an 8-22 overall record and a 2-12 mark in the PAC.
The Wolverines, who have earned the third seed for the PAC Tournament that begins tomorrow night, used a huge run in the opening game to take a 1-0 lead. The Bison only trailed 5-4 early on, but GCC rolled off 14 consecutive points to build a 19-5 advantage and cruise to the 30-9 victory.
Game two was much closer, as Bethany led for a stretch and was only down four at 24-20. A kill by freshman Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) capped a streak of four straight points by BC to knot the score at 24-24. However, Grove City regrouped following a timeout, tallying six of the final seven points of the game to record a 30-25 win.
The third game looked like a mirror image of the GCC win in the first, as the visitors bolted to a 14-1 lead to open the game. This time, the Bison chipped away and three straight kills by senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.) brought the Green and White within four at 22-18. Bethany kept within four at 26-22 but Grove City put the match away with four of the remaining five points for the 30-23 win.
The match was the final one for seniors Spegal, who had 11 kills and seven digs, and Michelle Fowler (Mather, Pa.), who amassed two kills and four digs. Spegal’s career ended with her ranking in the top 10 all-time at Bethany in three categories, including first in kills (1,289), seventh in aces (132) and 10th in digs (1,013). She also accumulated 392 kills this season, the second most in Bethany single-season history behind only Vicki Hill’s 1987 total of 486.
Coming in behind Spegal was Stewart with nine kills, while junior Kim McKay (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) passed out 25 assists to finish her season with 857, the sixth-highest total in single-season history. It also gives her 1,736 for her career, the fifth-most in Bethany history with one season remaining.