Oct. 23 -BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Bethany College volleyball team took a 2-0 lead at Geneva Tuesday night and also held a lead in the fifth set, but the Golden Tornadoes rallied all the way back to down the Bison 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11).
The loss drops BC to 25-7 overall and 13-4 and in third place in the PAC. Geneva upped their records to 20-9 and 11-5 in the conference.
After Bethany took the opening two sets, the Golden Tornadoes squeezed past the Green and White in the third. The fourth set was even until a late Geneva run tied the teams at 2-2 and sent the match to a deciding fifth set. The Bison scored two straight following the change over to build a 10-7 margin in that fifth set, but Geneva roared back with an 8-1 run to close out the comeback.
Leading the Bison in the defeat was senior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), who posted 43 assists and 21digs. The school’s single-season and career assists record holder, she is now two away from 5,000 assists for her career.
A pair of Bison seniors led the attack up front. Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs. She moved into a tie for third place all-time with Carrie Talkington with 1,161 career kills. Senior Lauren Goodwill (right - Canton, Ohio/Jackson) also moved closer to a milestone, as her 12 kills give her a total of 985. With 15 more, she will become the sixth player in Bison history to reach 1,000 kills for her career.
Also notching double digits in kills was sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill), as she put away 10 and added six blocks.
Bethany had five players reach double digits in digs. In addition to Zavatchen and Cassidy, freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) brought up 24, senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) had 15 and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) totaled 11 and served two aces.
Bethany will close out the regular season Saturday with two matches at Washington & Jefferson. The Bison will take on the Presidents at 12 p.m. and then play the College of Wooster (Ohio) in a non-conference tilt at 2 p.m. Bethany needs a win over W&J and Thiel to lose one of its final two matches for the Bison to earn the #2 seed and a bye into the semifinals of next week’s PAC Tournament.