Dec. 11 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After completing her record-setting career on the volleyball court this past fall, Bethany College senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) earned yet another award, as she was voted to the Capital One First Team Academic All-American Volleyball Team.
With the honor, this is the 15th time a Bethany student-athlete has been voted Academic All-American and she is just the third in school history to earn the distinction twice in her career. Women’s basketball player Denise Doster was a Second Team selection in 1990 and First Team honoree in 1991, while Lorraine Ramhoff was voted to the Volleyball Academic All-American team in 1991 and 1992.
In addition, Zavatchen is the second Bethany student-athlete from the fall to be recognized for their athletic and academic ability. Senior football player Johnathan Foster (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was also a First Team selection when those teams were announced last week.
This award culminates a remarkable career on the volleyball court for Zavatchen. After leading the PAC with 1,402 assists, she was named First Team All-PAC, the fourth all-conference award of her career. Although Bethany was eliminated from the PAC Tournament in the semifinals, the program earned its third straight bid to the ECAC Tournament. The Bison took full advantage of their top seed, as BC swept Penn State Behrend, Cabrini and Moravian to capture their third consecutive ECAC championship and tie the program’s single-season record for wins with a final record of 31-8. Zavatchen averaged 31 assists and 10 digs in the semifinal and championship matches and was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
In addition to the four All-PAC honors and MOP award from the ECAC Tournament, Zavatchen set numerous records during her Bison career. She set the single-season assists record three times, including a total of 1,468 her junior year, and finished with the school and PAC career record of 5,251 assists. She also recorded 1,237 career digs to rank sixth all-time in Bison history.
Among some of her other awards include three PAC Player of the Week honors, the PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November, 2012 and she was a three-time member of the PAC Academic Honor Roll.
Academically, Zavatchen has a GPA of 3.99 as a pre-physical therapy major. She’s made the President’s List for a perfect 4.0 GPA five times and served as the Senior Fellow for the psychology department during the spring of 2012. Zavatchen is also the president of the Psychology Club, treasurer of the Pre-Health Professional Club, is a coach for a youth volleyball team and has been a four-year volunteer for Relay for Life.
"Jess is an excellent representation of the term student athlete,” said Bethany head coach Courtney Kline. “She had another amazing year on the court, finishing out her career this season. Not only has she been a significant standout on the court, but she is just as accomplished in everything she does in the classroom. Jess is absolutely deserving of this honor, and has set such a great example for her teammates over the past four years."
Jessica is the daughter of Michael & Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.