Oct. 3 - GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany volleyball team split their two matches at Saturday’s tri-match at Thiel, sweeping Chatham 3-0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-19) before falling to the Tomcats 3-0 (18-25, 17-25, 23-25).
The win in the opening match of the day was the 10th this season for the Bison (10-7, 2-4), their highest total since the Green and White posted a 12-17 record in 2003.
The hitting of sophomores Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) and Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) propelled BC in the opening set of the Chatham victory. Schrecengost had five kills and Talkington posted four, as Bethany overwhelmed the Cougars 25-7 to take the lead.
After that, Bethany turned to freshman Sarah Slagle (North Canton, Ohio/Perry), as she hammered five kills in a 25-14 win in the second set and pounded down seven more in the clinching 25-19 third set win. Slagle finished with 14 kills and just two errors in 21 attacks for a robust .571 hitting percentage in the match.
Joining Slagle in double digit kills was Schrecengost with 11 and she also posted 11 digs. Freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out 30 assists and brought up eight kill attempts, while sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) led the Bison with 16 digs.
Bethany’s fortunes weren’t as good in the second match of the day against Thiel, who broke in front with wins in the opening sets and then held off a valiant BC effort in the third set to secure the victory.
Slagle took top kills honors with seven and added 11 digs, while Schrecengost put away six attacks. Zavatchen had 22 assists, eight digs and two blocks and Hoffman spearheaded the defensive efforts with 15 digs.
Saturday was the start of the busiest stretch of the season for the Bison, who will play seven matches in the next seven days. The run continues Sunday with a match-up against Saint Vincent in Latrobe, Pa., at 1 p.m.