Oct. 10 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – After sweeping Chatham 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-11) to start Saturday, the Bethany volleyball team was edged by Washington & Jefferson in a 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 11-15) thriller in a tri-match held at W&J.
The Bison’s three-set victory over Chatham, their second in a week, was important because it was also their third PAC victory of the season. It’s the most league triumphs for the Green and White since they went 5-3 in conference play back in 2001.
Bethany posted a balanced attack against the Cougars, as 11 different players had kills, led by sophomore Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) and freshman Sarah Slagle (North Canton, Ohio/Perry) with six each and freshman Bethany Dawson (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) with five. Freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out 24 assists as well.
The Bison’s serving also played a role in the big win, as sophomores Megan and Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) all blasted four aces.
In the second match of the day, BC was in position to knock off the Presidents with a 2-1 lead and took the hosts down to the wire in the fourth set before W&J escaped with a two-point win. In the deciding set, the Presidents had just a little too much for Bethany, who lost their first five-set match this season.
Bethany had a trio of front row players register good numbers, as freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) led the team with 11 kills. Sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) amassed nine kills and zero errors in 17 attacks and added in four solo blocks, while freshman Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) totaled six kills and seven blocks, including five assisted.
Zavatchen passed out 41 assists and brought up eight digs and Tiffany Hoffman had a for a match-high 25 digs.
Saturday concluded Bethany’s busiest stretch of the year, which featured seven-matches-in-seven-days. The Bison now only have one match in the next nine days, which will come Thursday when they travel to Geneva.