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Bison Reach 25 Wins with Two PAC Victories Saturday

Oct. 20 -PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out 65 assists, as the Bethany College volleyball team went on the road to defeat Saint Vincent and Chatham by 3-0 scores Saturday, which raised the Bison’s records to 25-6 overall and 13-3 in the PAC.

3189Zavatchen12.jpg The day started with BC in Latrobe, Pa., to take on Saint Vincent. Bethany was pushed to the limit in the opening set before claiming a 27-25 win and then coasted to the victory by taking the second and third sets by identical 25-15 scores. It gave the Green and White a sweep of the season series over the Bearcats.

Zavatchen (right) engineered the attack by sending out 38 assists in the victory, which took her over 4,900 for her career. The main beneficiary of her passing was senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland), who had a team-leading 13 kills. The team’s defensive effort was led by freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview), as she brought up 19 digs.

Once that win was in the books, the Bison headed back on the road and made a short drive west into Pittsburgh for an evening match at Chatham. Bethany concluded the busy Saturday with a sweep by scores of 25-11, 25-8, 25-13, which gave BC 25 wins for just the third time in program history. Bethany also reached that mark in 1987 (28-22) and last year when the Bison won a school-record 31 matches.

The triumph was highlighted by Zavatchen continuing her climb towards a major milestone. Already the school’s single-season and career assists record holder, she totaled 27 in the Chatham victory and now has 4,955, leaving her 45 away from 5,000 for her time in Green and White.

2449Harris12.jpg Pacing the attack up front was senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) with nine kills apiece. Sophomore Breana Harris (right - Severn, Md./Old Mill), normally known for her big kills, made her mark in the service game by recording six aces.

Bethany’s next action will come Tuesday night when the Bison go to Geneva for another big PAC match. The Golden Tornadoes are defending conference champions, but BC defeated Geneva 3-1 when the programs met back on Sept. 22. Tuesday’s match will begin at 7 p.m.