BETHANY’S ZAVATCHEN BREAKS RECORD AS BISON STAY UNBEATEN
Sept. 10 - TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It was a momentous first day at the Rose-Hulman Tournament for the Bethany College volleyball team, as junior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) broke the school’s career assists record and the Bison pulled out two more wins to remain unbeaten at 8-0.
After opening the weekend with a 3-2 win over DePauw (Ind.) University and a 3-0 triumph over Eureka (Ill.) College, the Bison will be looking for wins nine and ten in a row Sunday when they take on Ohio Wesleyan at 11 a.m. and Wilmington (Ohio) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the final day of the tournament.
The day had a bleak start for the Green and White, who dropped the opening two sets against DePauw 25-20 and 25-22. Bethany rallied to draw even with 25-21 and 25-22 victories and then squeezed out a 15-13 conclusion in the deciding set to keep their record perfect.
Zavatchen, who needed just 35 assists coming into the match to surpass Acacia Iwaniec’s career mark of 2,635, took over the top spot with 46 assists in the victory. Already the school’s single-season assist record holder with 1,392 last season, she adds the career mark not even halfway through her junior year.
With Zavatchen engineering the attack, BC’s hitters had a big day, led by senior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) with a career-high tying 26 kills. Also totaling double figures was junior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) with 12 and freshman Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) with 11. Harris also chipped in five blocks at the net.
The defensive efforts were keyed in the back by senior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn), who totaled 28 digs. She also served three aces to match her sister Megan Hoffman for team-high.
Bethany’s second match of the day was a little smoother, as the Bison swept Eureka by scores of 25-14, 25-14, 25-16. A balanced BC squad highlighted the win, as Talkington turned in six kills and five aces. She did not lead the team in putaways however, as freshman Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) hammered eight kills, while sophomore Arielle Elsass ((Canton, Ohio/Jackson) finished with five.
Zavatchen piled on her record with 30 more assists and Tiffany Hoffman amassed eight digs in the Bison’s eighth win of the campaign.