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Sept. 12 - ERIE, Pa. – The Bethany volleyball team recorded wins over D’Youville and Roberts Wesleyan Saturday to finish their weekend at the Penn State Behrend Tournament with a 3-1 record and take second place behind only the host school.

The victories raised the Bison’s record to 7-2 overall, already surpassing their win total from all of last year.

In the first match of the day, BC coasted past D’Youville in three straight 25-15, 25-5, 25-11. Freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) continued a stellar start to the season with 21 assists, five kills and five aces. Two other Bison sophomores finished with five kills each, including Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) and Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian).

The match that decided second place came down to Bethany and Roberts Wesleyan, an NAIA program out of New York. Both teams stood at 2-1 so far in the tournament, with both losing to Penn State Behrend, but the Bison owning wins over Lycoming and D’Youville, while Roberts Wesleyan picked up triumphs over D’Youville and Grove City.

The Bison won the opening set 25-23, but RWC squared the match 1-1 with a 25-22 victory in the second. That could have meant bad news for BC, who was just 1-2 this season when they lost a set. But Bethany recovered nicely, as Meadows delivered four kills in a 25-19 third-set win and then Schrecengost and freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) each put away four kills in the decisive 25-18 fourth-set victory.

Bethany had numerous sparkling efforts to highlight the win, led by Schrecengost’s 13 kills and 12 digs. Zavatchen, who earned All-Tournament team accolades, gave out 36 assists, brought up 11 digs and had four solo blocks, while Goodwill finished with 10 kills. Another top defensive game was turned in by sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 20 digs.

Riding a three-match winning streak and victors in six of their last seven contests, the Bison will try to continue that momentum in their PAC opener Wednesday night when they travel to Grove City.