Oct. 18 – BETHANY, W.Va. – With a 3-0 victory over Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Grove City, the Bethany College volleyball team has now tied its second-highest total for single-season wins with 24. The Bison defeated the Wolverines by scores of 25-15, 25-14, and lastly 25-15, improving their overall record to 24-3 and 11-2 in the PAC.
The 24 wins ties the total posted by BC during last year’s ECAC Championship season and is behind only the school-record of 28 victories registered in 1987.
Bethany’s attack shined Tuesday night as the front row pounded down a total of 17 kills in the first set. Freshman hitter Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) kept the Bison alive in the first set as she amassed four key kills in a 7-0 run to give Bethany a 16-10 lead. Several kills from Breana Harris (Severn Mill, Md./Old Mill) and Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) allowed Bethany to close out the set with a ten-point advantage.
The second and third sets saw close scores between the Bison and visiting Wolverines. However, Bethany was always able to break away by the middle of each set and finish with the win thanks to solid defense and the depth of the front line.
Veteran hitters Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) and Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) accumulated most of their kills down the stretch and ultimately led the front line in kills with 11 and 10 respectively.
Senior defensive specialists Tiffany and Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) also aided the Green & White in their 24th win as Tiffany earned 19 digs and Megan 13. Each senior also supplied a service ace on the night.
The Bison travel to Geneva (17-7, 12-1 PAC) Thursday night in a showdown that could determine which team will lead the PAC standings. Although the Bison are currently a game behind the Golden Tornadoes, Bethany does have a slight advantage with their 3-1 win over Geneva earlier in this season. Start time for this PAC match-up will commence at 7 p.m. in Metheny Fieldhouse.
By: Candace Pacheco Sports Information Student Assistant