Sept. 23 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany volleyball team improved to 8-4 on the season by sweeping past visiting Penn State-Fayette Wednesday night 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-22).
The Bison used a big surge in the middle of the first game to go in front. Leading 10-7, BC scored 10 straight points and coasted to the win. The run was highlighted by a pair of kills from sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) and a trio of aces by freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands).
In the second set, Bethany rotated in fresh players, which led to a sluggish start as they got up to speed. BC trailed 14-8 when a kill by freshman Bethany Dawson (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) ignited a 9-1 run. Five different players had kills during the spurt, led by Talkington with two. The Lions (7-3) recovered and were able to draw even at 21-21, but the Bison closed the set out with four of the next five points. Freshman Amanda Rodabaugh (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) had a kill, which was followed by a Talkington ace and Dawson clinched the 2-0 Green and White advantage with another kill.
Talkington’s play early in the third set helped push BC to comfortable lead, but they would have to hold on to finish the sweep. Talkington posted one kill and two blocks to help Bethany surge out to a 9-3 lead, but Fayette made a run to get within three at 21-18. However, a kill by freshman Emily Mahon (East Liverpool, Ohio) put the Bison back up by four and sophomore Nancy Hitt (Export, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) completed the win with her third kill of the set.
Bethany featured a balanced attack in the victory, as Talkington led the hitters with nine kills and added three blocks, while freshman Lauren Goodwill (Jackson, Ohio) hammered eight kills. Zavatchen triggered the attack with 32 assists and added five aces.
The Bison will be back in action Saturday with a big home tri-match. They will take on Geneva at 11 a.m. and finish the day with a PAC match against defending PAC champion Westminster at 3 p.m.