Oct. 19 - WEXFORD, Pa. –Following a sparkling week on the court, Bethany College junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 19.
The 5-10 middle blocker amassed 88 kills, 37 blocks and a hitting percentage of .423 in six matches, which included a pair of PAC victories over Waynesburg and Saint Vincent. After putting down eight kills with .583 hitting percentage in 3-0 win over Waynesburg Oct. 12, she hammered a then career-high 17 kills with a hitting percentage of .412 in 3-1 win over Saint Vincent Oct. 14, BC’s first in 13 career meetings with Bearcats
Then over the weekend in four non-conference matches at Defiance (Ohio) College, Talkington led the Bison to 3-2 win over Adrian by totaling 12 kills and a career-high 15 blocks (13 assisted). In the next match, she reset her career-high with 18 kills in a five-set loss to Transylvania and the next day, had 16 kills against Defiance.
In helping the Bison to a 19-9 overall record so far and a 7-4 mark in PAC play, Talkington leads the league in blocks with an average of 1.24 per set and 123 total. She also ranks third in hitting percentage at .383 and third in kills with 281. Her 85 assisted blocks so far this year ranks eighth in Bethany single-season history with five regular season matches remaining, as well as the conference tournament.
“Carrie has been playing extremely strong, especially over the last week,” said Bethany head coach Courtney Kline. “She is becoming a dominating offensive force and also a defensive threat with her blocking and net play.”
A physical education major, Carrie is the daughter of William and Sandy Talkington of Moundsville, W.Va.