Sept. 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany volleyball team stayed with 2008 PAC runner-up Thomas More all night, but the Saints came away with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21) victory over the Bison Friday night at Hummel Field House.
After falling behind 9-3 in the opening set, BC (7-4, 0-2) scored eight of the next 11 points to trim the deficit to 12-11. Freshman Lauren Goodwill (Jackson, Ohio) had a kill to start the rally and sophomore Megan Hoffman’s (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) ace brought the Green and White within one. Thomas More (6-5, 3-0) took control by totaling eight of the ensuing nine points and settled in to grab the 25-20 game one win.
In the second set, sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) had a kill and assisted block early and freshman Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) hammered a pair of kills, as Bethany was knotted with the Saints at 15-15. Once again however, TMC seized control late in the set by running off six of the next seven points and grabbed a 2-0 lead with another 25-20 triumph.
Thomas More, who just a week ago knocked off Wittenberg, the ninth-ranked team in the country, looked like they would coast to the sweep by breaking out to a 13-3 advantage in the third set and maintained an 18-8 lead before BC rallied. A big solo block by Talkington ignited a 9-1 Bison spurt which sliced the 10-point deficit to 19-17. Unfortunately, the damage was done, as Bethany could not overcome the large deficit and the Saints secured the match with a 25-21 victory.
Pacing the Bethany hitters were a pair of freshmen in Goodwill and Holl with six each, while freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out 24 assists. Two Bison totaled double digit digs, including sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 17 and sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) with 14 and Talkington led the efforts at the net with three blocks.
The Bison will return to the court Wednesday, Sept. 23, with a non-conference home match against Penn State-Fayette at 7 p.m.