BISON FALL AT SAINT VINCENT, BUT REBOUND TO BEAT MOUNT ALOYSIUS
Oct. 2 - LATROBE, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team suffered just their second PAC loss of the season with a 3-1 setback at Saint Vincent, but bounced back to defeat Mount Aloysius 3-0 to gain a split at Saint Vincent’s tri-match Saturday afternoon.
The opening match pitted two of the top teams in the PAC, as the Bearcats were alone in first place at 4-0 and the Bison came in at 4-1. Saint Vincent jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 25-16 and 25-15 triumphs in the first two sets. Bethany kept the match going by edging out a 25-22 victory in the third, but SVC closed out the win with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
The Bison finished the match with double digit kills for three players, led by junior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) with 14 and sophomores Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) and Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) with 10 each. Sophomore setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) racked up 44 assists and the defensive efforts were spearheaded by junior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 18 digs and Talkington with five blocks up front.
Bethany (15-3, 4-2) rebounded quickly by sweeping past Mount Aloysius 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-15). Zavatchen highlighted the effort with 37 more assists, with Holl using those passes the most, as she matched a career-high with 13 kills. Goodwill nearly hit double digits too with nine putaways. Talkington (six blocks) and Tiffany Hoffman (11 digs) once again sparked the Bison defense.
Another tri-match looms for the Bison for their next time on the court, as they travel to Chatham Wednesday to take on the Cougars, who they already defeated 3-0 Sept. 28, and Geneva, who Bethany knocked off in a thrilling 3-2 decision on Sept. 18. The Chatham match will begin at 3 p.m. and the Geneva tilt will be right after at 5 p.m.