Oct. 24 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany volleyball team bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Thomas More to claim a 3-1 victory over Rose-Hulman and gain a split from a tri-match at Thomas More Saturday.
The day had a rough beginning for the Bison (14-13, 4-8), who dropped the opening two sets to Thomas More 25-17 and 25-15 and then barely missed out on extending the match with a 29-27 setback in the final set.
Freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) had 16 assists and 10 digs to highlight the Bethany efforts. Sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) had seven kills to lead the Bison, while sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) registered 16 digs.
The second match of the day had an ominous beginning as well for the Green and White, as the Engineers (19-10), who are currently tied for third in the Heartland Conference, jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 25-23 opening set victory. Entering the match, the Bison were 1-10 this season when losing the initial set.
That didn’t stop Bethany from rallying to sweep the next three sets by scores of 25-22, 27-25, 25-18 to keep their record above .500 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Four different Bison players reached double digits in kill, led by sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) with a career-high 13. Freshman Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) was right behind her with a dozen kills, also a career-high, and Schrecengost and freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) put away 11 each.
Another career-high was turned in by Zavatchen with 51 assists and she also had 11 digs for her fifth consecutive double-double. Both Hoffman twins contributed as well, with Tiffany bringing up 20 digs and Megan serving a team-best three aces.
Bethany will not go out on the road again until the opening round of the PAC Tournament Nov. 3. The regular season will close this week for the Green and White with a home match Tuesday against Washington & Jefferson at 7 p.m. and a tri-match at Hummel Field House Saturday featuring LaRoche and Grove City.