Oct. 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team battled PAC front runner Westminster to the end of three highly competitive sets, but came up on the short end of a 3-0 loss (27-29, 24-26, 21-25).
The opening set was a see-saw affair from start to finish. A pair of kills from freshman Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) pushed BC to a 7-3 lead, but the Titans (15-7, 8-0) rolled back for a 12-9 advantage. Bethany rallied to tie the set at 15 and would have a chance to close the set out at 24-22 with the serve. An error kept the set going and BC missed another shot to finish it at 26-25 as well. The Titans rebounded by claiming four of the final five points to take a 1-0 lead.
Bethany (4-15, 1-5) was sluggish coming out for set two, as Westminster bolted to a quick 5-1 lead. Following a timeout, the Bison recovered and tied the set at 10 after consecutive kills from Stewart. The Titans regained the lead and were in position to take a 2-0 lead at 24-23, but another kill from Stewart prolonged the set. However, Westminster bounced back for two straight points to take the set and the 2-0 advantage.
The third set saw the Titans seem to take control with a 15-10 lead, but Bethany battled back again. Freshman Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) put two away to start a 7-2 spurt which tied the score at 17-17. The Bison would manage to take a 21-20 lead, but Westminster closed the set and match out by scoring four in a row to finally put the pesky Bison away.
Bethany featured a balanced attack, with freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) totaling a team-high 12 kills. She was followed closely by Schrecengost with nine, Stewart with eight and senior Sumer Scott (Triadelphia, W.Va./Wheeling Park) with seven. Freshman Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) triggered the offense with 37 assists, the second-highest of her career.
Bethany’s defense had a fine showing as well, with three players in double figures in digs, including freshman Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 15, sophomore Sarah Olson (Rices Landing, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) with 14 and Stewart with 11. At the net, Scott and Talkington each posted two solo blocks.
A tall order awaits Bethany in their next outing, which comes Saturday with a tri-match at Thomas More. The Bison will face Washington & Jefferson (8-7, 5-1 PAC) at 1 p.m., then follow that with a 3 p.m. game against the Saints (15-5, 3-2).