September 6 – Marietta, Ohio – The Bethany College volleyball team took both games in the first day of The River City Volleyball Tournament hosted by Marietta College. The Bison swept through the first day, defeating Hiram 3-0 before taking a 3-0 decision over Marietta.
Bethany got off to a great start to the tournament, rolling the Terriers of Hiram College in straight sets, 25-23, 25-16, 26-24. The win marked the second time in the early season that the Bison have won in three sets.
Mackenzie Lauber paced Bethany in the game, getting the job done both as a facilitator and a play-maker. The sophomore setter distributed 27 assists over the three sets and also led the team in kills with nine. Breana Harris and Dylana McKenzie chipped in with seven kills each in the contest.
Defensively, the Bison were paced by Julia Mouch, who totaled 11 digs in the contest. Lauber finished with six digs while Harris finished the game with five.
In the second game of the day, the Bison continued their domination as they defeated the host Pioneers of Marietta College, 3-0. Bethany took the match by winning the games 25-16, 25-20, 25-19. Over the span of the game, the Green and White trailed just once, 3-2, in the second game, but led wire-to-wire in both games one and three.
Over the course of the contest, the Bison hit .366 as a team and were lead by 11 kills each from Harris and Mandt. Jordan Fenner added 10 kills while Lauber and Castro each chipped in with seven kills. Lauber also added 41 assists in the game, giving her a two-game total of 68 assists and 16 kills.
When asked about the performance of her sophomore setter, coach Courtney Kline said, “Kenzie really took control of the matches today. Not only did she run a great offense, she kept the other teams guessing with her own contributions.”
With the victories, the Bison have now won three in a row, and will look to continue their success tomorrow when they play two more matches against Ohio Valley and Transylvania.
“I am extremely pleased with the progress that our team has made in just a short period of time,” remarked Kilne of the victories. “The energy the team played with today was a crucial aspect in the wins today.”
Bethany will continue weekend action when it takes on Ohio Valley on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.