Sept. 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomores Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) and Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) each posted 11 kills to lead the Bethany volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-19) triumph over visiting Waynesburg Wednesday night in a PAC match at Hummel Field House.
The victory not only improved the Bison’s record to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the league, it also snapped a 16-match losing streak to the Yellow Jackets, who fell to 3-10 and 1-6. The last BC win over Waynesburg came on the road in a 3-2 result back on Oct. 2, 2001. Bethany’s last victory over the Yellow Jackets at Hummel Field House was also a 3-2 decision in 2000.
Wednesday’s opening set saw the Green and White race out to big leads, only to see the visitors chip away to remain within striking distance. Consecutive aces by Shrecengost gave Bethany a 12-7 lead, but the Yellow Jackets tallied six straight points to take the lead. The Bison recovered to score eight of the next 10 points to build a 20-15 margin, only to see Waynesburg trim it right back down to 22-21. BC finally managed to put the set away behind kills from Schrecengost, Talkington and freshman Sarah Slagle (North Canton, Ohio/Perry).
The second set was dominated by Talkington, who had a kill and two blocks to propel Bethany to a 4-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets managed to hang around in the set and still trailed by just four at 16-12 before Talkington took over again. She had back-to-back kills to start a rally, then after two straight aces by freshman Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.), smacked two more kills, as BC closed the set by taking nine of the final 10 points.
The overall win would not come easily, as Bethany had to rally in the third set. Waynesburg’s lead was as large as 14-10, but another surge by the Bison catapulted them to the victory. After falling behind by four, BC scored 10 of the next 12 points and cruised to the triumph. Freshman Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) had three kills and Schrecengost put two away during the deciding spurt that helped end the team’s long losing streak against Waynesburg.
Bethany was balanced offensively, led by Schrecengost and Talkington, as well as Holl with seven kills and six each from Slagle and freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson). Freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) set the stage by passing off 38 assists and BC’s serving was a factor as well with nine aces, including three by sophomore Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn).
On the defensive side, the Bison had three players in double figures in digs, led by Schrecengost with 15 and Slagle and sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 12 each.
Next up for Bethany is a busy weekend on the road. On Saturday, they go to Thiel for a tri-match against Chatham and the Tomcats before travelling to Saint Vincent Sunday to take on the Bearcats.