September 11 – Bethany, W. Va. – After eight-straight games on the road to open the season, the Bethany volleyball program (8-3), returned home to the friendly confines of Hummel Field House, and the Bison did not disappoint, going 3-0 in a quad-match, while not even dropping a set on Wednesday. The Green and White won by 3-0 scores over Chatham, Pitt-Greensburg, and Penn-State Fayette.
In the team’s first contest of the day, the Bison disposed of Chatham University in straight sets (25-7, 25-9, 25-10). In the contest against the Cougars, Bethany showed great team balance as five different Bison registered at least four kills, led by seven from Breana Harris and six by Alexis Castro. Sadie Davenport, Jordan Fenner and Mackenzie Lauber all finished with four. Lauber also finished with 29 assists and eight service aces.
Defensively, the Bison held Chatham to a -.033 hitting percentage as the team combined by nine blocks, led by three assisted blocks by Harris. Lynsie Mandt and Dakota McKenzie each added two block assists in the game as well.
In game two, the Green and White once again dominated, this time defeating the Bobcats of the University of Pittsburg – Greensburg, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-10). Harris led the way for a second-straight contest, collecting 11 kills while committing just one error in 16 attempts. Lauber added seven kills in the game to go along with 28 assists, and Mandt added six kills. As a team, the Bison hit .434 over the course of the game, making just nine errors while collecting 42 kills on 76 attempts.
Julia Mouch led the way on the defensive end in game two, collecting 12 digs on the day. Mandt added six while Harris finished with four block assists.
In game three, the Bison flexed their muscles once again, defeating Penn State – Fayette by a 3-0 score (25-13, 25-14, 25-12). Mandt had the big offensive output for Bethany in the game, posting 14 kills to just one error. Harris finished with nine kills, while Castro, as well as Dakota and Dylana McKenzie finished with six kills each. Lauber once again distributed the ball nicely, to the tune of 37 assists in just three sets.
On the defensive side Kelly Becquet and Mouch each totaled 17 digs, while Mandt finished with eight. Despite getting just four total blocks in the contest, the Bison held the Roaring Lions to just a .089 hitting percentage for the game.
For the Bison, the three shutout victories on the day has now made it six shutout victories in a row, as Bethany has won six of its’ last seven contests.
Bethany will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 14 as they travel to Alliance, Ohio to take part in the Purple Raider Classic. The team will take on the University of Mount Union and John Carroll University over the course of the day.