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 Sept. 4 - HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team defeated Haverford 3-1 and Frostburg State 3-0 Sunday to finish an undefeated weekend at the Haverford Tournament and claim first place, marking the second consecutive season the Bison have opened the season by winning a tournament.
Last year, BC swept four matches at the Marietta Tournament to take first place on its way to a 7-0 start. That propelled Bethany to its second-most wins in school history (24) and the season culminated in an ECAC Tournament Championship.
In the Bison’s first match Sunday, they took on Haverford, who has won four of the last five Centennial Conference championships. Bethany had to bounce back from a 29-27 opening set loss, but won three straight by scores of 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 to take the match. Junior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) paced the win with 51 assists and 12 digs.
The offense had three big hitters, led by junior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 17 kills, while junior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) delivered 16 and senior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) had 12. Talkington also led the defensive efforts at the net with six assisted blocks and Zavatchen chipped in with four. In the back, senior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) totaled 21 digs.
The Bison’s final match of the weekend came against Frostburg State, who has made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. However, Bethany controlled this contest from start to finish and put the finishing touches on an undefeated weekend with a 3-0 win by scores of 25-18, 25-5, 25-20. It was another big effort from Zavatchen, who posted 30 assists, and Cassidy, who led the team again with 14 kills.
In addition, Talkington posted eight kills and four blocks, Tiffany Hoffman brought up a dozen digs and senior Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) added eight digs and served five aces.
Bethany will be back in action this Wednesday with a home tri-match. The Bison will play Chatham in the opening game at 4 p.m., which will also be the first PAC match of the season. After Chatham and Penn State-Fayette play at 6, BC returns to the floor for the final match against Penn State-Fayette at 8 p.m.