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Bison register straight-set sweep at Saint Vincent, 3-0

Oct. 11 - LATROBE, Pa. - Led by a season-best .326 hitting percentage, the Bison earned a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-18, 25-13) win at Saint Vincent in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match Tuesday evening.

The Bethany College volleyball team improves to 10-2 in the PAC, 15-11 overall. Meanwhile, the Bearcats fall to 10-15 overall, 3-8 in league play.

Senior Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) led the team with 15 kills and three blocks, while junior Sumayyah Muhammad (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) added 10 kills, including four aces and senior Dakoka McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) tallied nine kills.

Senior setter Allie Powell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) recorded 34 assists, while sophomore Reilly Parker (Irwin, Pa./Norwin) led the defense with 15 digs.

The Bearcats looked poised to take the first set, leading 17-9, before Bethany rallied for the win. The Bison went on a 11-3 run, including five-straight points, to tie the game at 20-20. After Saint Vincent claimed the next two points, the Bison closed out the set with the next five points, with Parker posting a pair of service aces.

The second set was tightly contested early, with the Bison holding an 11-10 edge. Bethany took control from there, taking five of the next six points to take a 16-11 lead to force a Bearcat timeout. Saint Vincent came as close as four points at 18-14, but the Bison did not allow the Bearcats to get any closer. Leading 23-18, Bethany closed out the set with a pair of kills by Dylana McKenzie to take a 2-0 lead.

The third set was dominated by the Bison. The Green and White recorded six-unanswered points to open the set and never led by fewer than seven points, leading by double-digits for the majority of the time.

Bethany finished the match with a season-best .326 hitting percentage (44 kills, 13 errors on 95 attacks) in the match, including an impressive .375 hitting percentage in the dominant 25-13 third set win.      

The Bison are back on the court on Thursday, October 13 when they host Chatham for its annual "Dig Pink" match at 7 p.m. There will be a serve contest, prizes, giveaways, as well as the opportunity to purchase "Dig Pink" shirts and socks. All proceeds will benefit the Side-Out Foundation which raises money and awareness for breast cancer research.