Oct. 22 – LATROBE, Pa. – After taking care of Chatham in three games, the Bethany College volleyball team made it two-for-two Saturday by dispatching Saint Vincent 3-1 to complete a tri-match on the Bearcats’ home floor in Latrobe, Pa.
With the victories, the Bison improved their records to 26-4 overall and 13-3 in the PAC. It also leaves the Green and White just one win away from securing the #2 seed for the upcoming PAC Tournament.
Bethany’s day started with a convincing 3-0 win over Chatham by scores of 25-8, 25-12, 25-9. Senior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) sparked the attack up front with nine kills, while junior Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) slammed down eight kills. Talkington also led the efforts at the net defensively with five total blocks.
Triggering the offense was junior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) with 38 assists. Bethany was also bolstered by a strong service game that racked up 13 aces, with four coming from senior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and three each from Holl and senior Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa.).
The last match of the day was between Bethany and Saint Vincent. Like most of the recent matches between these teams, this went down to the wire, but the Bison came out on top in four hard-fought games. After going in front with 25-17 and 25-21 triumphs in the first two, BC was pushed to a fourth game when the Bearcats clawed out a 31-29 decision in the third game. Bethany was able to close out the contest with a 25-21 victory in the fourth game and finish the regular season sweep over Saint Vincent.
A pair of seniors led the hitters for Bethany, as Cole amassed a season-best 14 kills and Talkington was right behind her with 13, while Zavatchen passed off 40 assists. Talkington was also big defensively with five total blocks again.
The Bison backrow four of players compile double digits in digs. Freshman Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) led the way with 16, while sisters Megan and Tiffany Hoffman both had 15 and Zavatchen registered a double-double with 14 digs.
Bethany will try to pick up that win needed to clinch the second seed on Tuesday when the Bison welcome Washington & Jefferson to Hummel Field House for a 7 p.m. match.