Oct. 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College volleyball team lost a trio of matches Saturday afternoon at the Bethany Quad Match, which included Geneva (Pa.) College, Saint Vincent (Pa.) College and Thomas More (Ky.) College.
The long day started with a PAC match-up against defending conference champion Thomas More, who came away with a 3-0 win (30-22, 30-19, 30-18) over the Bison. BC senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.) tied for the team-lead with nine kills and also brought up 14 digs. Freshman Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) matched Spegal with nine kills and junior Kim McKay (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) had 23 assists.
Bethany’s second match of the afternoon started off well against Geneva, as BC claimed a 30-28 win in the opening game. Unfortunately, the Golden Tornadoes picked up wins in the next three (30-19, 30-20, 30-26) to come away with the victory. Spegal delivered 15 kills and also had double digits in digs with 10. The offense was also boosted by 10 kills from Stewart and seven from junior Sumer Scott (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park). McKay gave out 38 assists in the match and the defense was spearheaded by sophomore Rachael Dunham (Gans, Pa./Albert Gallatin) with a career-high 28 digs.
A tilt with Saint Vincent would round out the Bison’s day and the Bearcats made it a sour ending with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-22, 30-15) triumph. A balanced BC attack was directed by Spegal with nine kills, while Stewart and freshman Brittani Hall (Magnolia, Ohio/Spring Valley) both had seven kills. Amassing 24 assists was McKay, while Dunham racked up another 15 digs in the defeat.
Bethany won’t have to wait long to move past this day, as they hit the court again on Monday when they travel to Chatham (Pa.) University for a 7 p.m. match. The Bison will be attempting to duplicate their earlier success this season against the Cougars, as they scored a 3-0 over Chatham at Hummel Field House on Sept. 19.