Sept. 7 - ERIE, Pa. – On the first day of the Penn State Behrend Invitational, the Bethany College volleyball team dropped both matches Friday night, losing to D’Youville (N.Y.) College in four games before losing in three to SUNY-Fredonia.
The Bison (2-5) first match of the evening started off well, as they took a 1-0 lead with a 30-22 victory. However, D’Youville rallied to take the next three games by close scores of 30-23, 30-26 and 30-27 for the win.
The highlight of the match was senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.), who set a career-high with 25 kills and also posted 26 digs, third-most in her career. Her kills total surpassed her previous best of 24, which was set in the season finale of the 2004 season against Grove City (Pa.) College. It also moved her past Shae Baxter (969) for third place on Bethany’s all-time kills list.
Spegal’s efforts were complimented by freshman Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe), who delivered 15 kills, and freshman Brittani Hall (Magnolia, Pa./Sandy Valley), who totaled eight. Keying the BC attack was junior setter Kim McKay (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who matched her career-best with 49 assists, equaling the total she set in a victory over Franciscan (Ohio) University Sept. 25, 2006.
On the defensive front, freshman Sarah Olson (Rices Landing, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) brought up 20 digs, while sophomore Rachael Dunham (Gans, Pa./Albert Gallatin) had 16. At the net, junior Sumer Scott (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) had three blocks.
In their second contest of the night, BC ran into a strong Fredonia squad, who scored a 30-12, 30-19, 30-17 victory. Spegal again led the hitters with eight kills, giving her 984 for her career, 16 away from becoming just the third Bison player to achieve 1,000 in her career. Spegal also served up five aces in the setback.
Stewart was close behind Spegal, as she notched seven kills. McKay dished out 14 assists and also had 10 digs, matching Sarah Olson for team-high in the match.
The Bison will conclude play at the tournament tomorrow with two more matches. At 10 a.m., Bethany plays Penn State Behrend, with the final contest being a 12 p.m. match-up with Medaille (N.Y.) College.