April 23 - MTEN at Grove City (L, 9-0), BASE at Westminster (W, 10-4/L, 11-2), SOFT at Franciscan (W, 7-3/W, 18-6); April 24 - SOFT at Saint Vincent (W, 7-0/L, 4-0)

BISON CLINCH #2 SEED WITH WIN OVER W&J

Oct. 25 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team (27-4) rolled to a 3-0 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) win over Washington & Jefferson Tuesday night, improving their record to 14-3 in the PAC and clinching the #2 seed in next week’s PAC Tournament.

Washington & Jefferson, now 8-18 and 3-13 in the PAC, came out determined in the first set of Tuesday night’s match and, after several rallies by both teams, was able to gain a four-point lead towards the end of the set. Momentum shifted back in Bethany’s favor, thanks to kills by Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) and Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill), which gave the Bison a 20-19 lead. Following the 6-0 run, Bethany was able to keep the momentum and close out the set with a 25-21 win.

The Bison were back in usual form in the following two sets and were able to sail to two victories by scores of 25-12 and 25-9, allowing them to stay undefeated at home (9-0) and record their 27th overall win. Bethany is now just one win away from tying the BC record for single-season wins for the program.

The front line ended the match with a total of 36 kills led by junior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson), who pounded down eight key kills. However, the defense became the backbone in this PAC match for the Green & White, as they recorded a total of 64 digs. Leading the back row was senior libero Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 17 digs, while senior Jessica Cole (Connellsville, Pa./Connellsville) and junior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) each recorded double-digit numbers in digs with 11 and 10, respectively.

Clinching the #2 seed now provides the Bison with a bye into the semifinals of the PAC Tournament, which will be hosted by #1 seed Geneva (21-7, 16-1 PAC) Nov. 4-5. First, Bethany will host Thomas More (16-10, 11-5 PAC) Thursday night for their final game of the regular season with game time starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, seniors Talkington, Cole and Tiffany and Megan Hoffman will be honored.


By: Candace Pacheco
Sports Information Student Assistant