Nov. 3 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) has been chosen as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 2.
Zavatchen earned the award after averaging 31 assists and 11 digs over three matches last week, as the Bison went 2-1 and clinched the fifth seed for this week’s PAC Tournament. Last Tuesday in a thrilling four-set loss to Washington & Jefferson, the first-year setter totaled 32 assists and nine digs.
Then on Saturday in a home tri-match to close out the regular season, Zavatchen amassed 61 assists, 22 digs and five kills in 3-0 victories over LaRoche and Grove City. In the triumph over Grove City, Zavatchen finished with 27 assists and 11 digs for her seventh double-double in the last eight matches and 14th of the season. It also secured the #5 seed for the Bison in this week’s conference playoffs and was Bethany’s first win over the Wolverines since Aug., 2003.
Zavatchen’s overall play this season has been instrumental in the Bison earning their first berth in the PAC Tournament since 2004 and their record of 16-14 is the most wins by the program since 1992. She is ranked fourth in the PAC in assists per set (8.82) and is second on the team in digs (271) and solo blocks (22) and fourth in service aces (28). In addition, her 935 assists on the year is just 30 away from breaking the school’s single-season record of 964, set by Acacia Iwaniec in 2001.
With no seniors and just one junior on the roster, the youthful Bison will open PAC Tournament play Tuesday night at fourth-seeded Washington & Jefferson, with the victor earning a trip to #1 Thomas More, who is hosting the semifinals Friday night and the championship match Saturday.
"Jess is doing an excellent job of running our offense,” said Bison head coach Courtney Kline. “In our matches last week, she made great decisions and played with heart and determination. Jess also played very well defensively, in both blocking and digging."
A pre-physical therapy major, Jessica is the daughter of Michael and Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.