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Bison Volleyball Comes Up Short against Otterbein & Mount Union

Sept. 1 - WESTERVILLE, Ohio –After winning two tightly-contested match to open the season Friday night, the Bethany College volleyball team wasn’t as fortunate Saturday, losing to Otterbein (18-25, 21-25, 18-25) and Mount Union (17-25, 23-25, 17-25) by 3-0 scores on the final day of the Capital/Otterbein Tournament.

In the opening match against Otterbein, who went to the NCAA Tournament last year and was ranked first among Others Receiving Votes in the AVCA Preseason Top 25 poll, the Bison trailed by just two late in the set following a kill by sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North). However, the Cardinals answered with three straight points and seven of the final nine of the set to go ahead 1-0.

The Bison tore off a 6-1 run early in the second set to take a 12-9 lead, but Otterbein responded again with 12 of the following 16 points to take a 21-16 advantage. Bethany trimmed the deficit to two, but would get no closer as the Cardinals closed out the set for a 2-0 lead. Another strong end to a set would give the home team the third set as well. Holding onto a 19-17 lead, Otterbein used a 6-1 run to close out the set and the match.

Sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) finished with team-highs of seven kills and three aces in the setback. Senior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) posted 20 assists and five kills and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) brought up 14 digs.

Bethany closed out the weekend with a match against Mount Union, who was ranked 18th in the preseason poll. The 2011 OAC champions, who also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, grabbed a 1-0 lead with a 25-17 decision. The Bison were right with the Raiders in the second set, but came up short 25-23 and Mount finished the sweep with another 25-17 score in the third.

Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) had a solid line, posting a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. She was named All-Tournament team for her performance during the weekend. Top defensive listing went to Becquet with 21 digs and Zavatchen passed off 31 assists.

Bethany will be back on the road for its next contests, traveling to Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday for a tri-match against the Bobcats and Penn State-Fayette.