Oct. 17 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bison volleyball team flexed its muscles in a 3-0 victory over Waynesburg University on Thursday evening at the Hummel Field House. Bethany notched the sweep by winning the games; 25-10, 25-11, 25-7, earning their 12-consecutive conference victory.
The Bison got off to a fast start in set one, opening the game on a 10-5 run, which included two kills each by Sadie Davenport (Newark, Ohio/Lakewood), Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) and Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill). Bethany would then finish off the game on a 15-5 run to end take game one, 25-10.
Game two was more of the same as the Bison opened on an 11-3 run to open game number two. Harris once again provided the spark, collecting three kills and a service ace through the first 11 points. Bethany would then go on to win game two, 25-11.
In game three, Bethany got a great performance by freshman Allie Powell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central), as she served 11-consectuive points, which included three service aces, to give the Bison the commanding, 13-2, lead. Freshman Bethany Pohjala (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) finished off the Yellow Jackets with the final two kills of the night, to five Bethany the 25-7 win in game three and the 3-0 match victory.
Offensively, Harris led the way, notching eight kills while committing zero errors on the day. Samantha Katchen (Fox River Grove, Ill./Cary Grove) and McKenzie each totaled seven kills while Pohjala totaled six kills while committing no errors. Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison-Mansfield) finished the day with 23 assists, while Powell, playing in just one game, totaled 11 assists and three service aces.
Defensively, the Bison forced the Yellow Jackets into a negative hitting percentage, holding Waynesburg to a -.044 percentage. In just three games, Bethany totaled 67 digs which included 19 from Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview). Haley Santymire (Clifton, Va./Centreville) posted nine digs on the day while Katchen and Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) totaled eight each.
Bethany will be back in action on Saturday as they will play two opponents in two separate locations. The Bison start the day with PAC opponent, Thiel College, at 1 p.m. before traveling to Pittsburgh to take on Carlow University at 6 p.m.