August 30 - Bluffton, Ohio – The Bethany College volleyball team (1-1) found themselves on both sides of a sweep as they defeated Bluffton University, 3-0, before falling to Hope College, 0-3, on the first day of Bluffton’s Sommer Center Spiketacular on Friday evening.
The Bison kicked off their season in style, opening play by defeating the host, Bluffton University in straight sets; 25-14, 25-21, 25-21. Bethany trailed just once for a brief moment on route to its’ first sweep of the season.
In set on, Bluffton notched the first point of the game before the Bison jumped out on a 12-4 run. A kill by Sadie Davenport gave Bethany the lead for good at 2-1 and the team never looked back. Bluffton would fight back, getting as close as 13-10 in the set, before the Bison went on their second 12-4 run of the set, finishing off set one, 25-14.
Set two was played a little closer, with the Bison taking their biggest lead at 14-10 on a kill by Breana Harris. Bethany would never trail in set two and would go on to take the set, 25-21.
It was more of the same in the third set, with BC never trailing. Bluffton was able to stay close in the game, never trailing by more than four points, until an ace by Kristen Sroka and back-to-back kills by Lynsie Mandt gave Bethany a 22-16. The Bison would then coast to a game three victory, 25-21, and take the match, 3-0.
For the Bison, Mandt led the way with 11 kills while making just three errors in 24 attempts. Harris added eight kills in the match while Davenport finished with nine. Defensively, the Bison forced the Beavers into 16 errors while totaling 55 digs in the match. Julia Mouch led the team with 20 digs while Kelly Becquet added nine and Harris notched eight.
In game two, the shoe was on the other foot as the Bison were swept by Hope College by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-15.
In the contest, Bethany was held to a .030 hitting percentage and were led offensively by Mandt’s six kills. Jordan Fenner added five kills while Harris added four. After posting 30 assists in game one, Mackenzie Lauber added 20 in game two.
Bethany will be back in action on Saturday, August 31 when they take on Alma College at 10 a.m., followed by a 12:00 p.m. contest with Case Western Reserve University.