Oct. 16 - DEFIANCE, Ohio –On the opening day of a two-day trip to Defiance (Ohio) College, the Bethany College volleyball team went the distance in a pair of non-conference matches, rallying for a five-set win over Adrian (Mich.) College before losing in five sets to Transylvania (Ky.) University.
Now with a 19-7 record following the split, the Bison will go for their 20th victory of the season Sunday when they take on Hanover (Ind.) College at 1 p.m. before concluding their trip by playing the host Defiance at 3 p.m.
In the opening match of the day, Bethany found themselves down 2-0 after losing the first two sets to Adrian 29-27 and 25-14. After keeping their hopes alive with a 25-16 win in the third, BC pushed the match to the limit with a 25-21 decision in the fourth. The fifth set went down to the wire, but the Bison outlasted Adrian 17-15 to pick up the win.
Bethany’s defensive numbers in this match were impressive, led by junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) at the net, as she had 13 assisted blocks and finished the match with 15 total blocks. Three Bison reached double digits in digs as well, led by junior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 28, while junior Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa.) amassed 22 and sophomore Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) had 16.
Zavatchen made it a double-double in the win with 44 assists as well, with sophomore Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) taking the most advantage of those passes by hammering a career-high 16 kills. In addition to her career-high in blocks, Talkington posted 12 kills and sophomore Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) also notched a dozen kills.
The Bison’s second match of the day nearly saw the Green and White come back from a 2-1 deficit, but they came up short in the fifth set to Transylvania (19-6). The teams split the first two sets, with Transy winning 26-24 and BC answering with a 25-23 decision. The Pioneers moved back in front with a 25-22 win in the third, but Bethany’s 25-17 victory in the fourth extended it to a winner-take-all fifth set. Unlike the first match, the Bison were unable to pull out a win, as Transy earned the triumph with a 15-10 decision.
Talkington was huge again for BC by setting a career-high with 18 kills and being in on six more assisted blocks. Goodwill reached double digits in kills for the second straight match with 13, while Zavatchen passed off 46 assists.
The Bison back row was busy again, as Hoffman registered 22 digs, Cole finished with 16 and sophomore Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) turned in 16.