Sept. 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Playing just their second home match of the season, the Bethany College volleyball team lost 3-0 (12-25, 14-25, 24-26) to visiting Geneva Wednesday night.
The match does not count in the PAC standings, as the Golden Tornadoes are still a provisional member of the conference and continue their reclassifying from NAIA to NCAA Division III.
Geneva (10-4) closed the opening set with an 11-4 run to go in front 1-0. In the second, the Bison (2-11) trailed 8-5, but a kill from sophomore Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) started a quick 4-0 spurt to give BC a 9-8 advantage. The visitors would answer back by scoring 10 of the next 12 points for an 18-11 advantage and go on to the triumph that gave them a commanding 2-0 lead.
Bethany stayed with the Golden Tornadoes throughout the third set and nearly forced a fourth. A kill from freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) gave the Bison their largest lead at 11-7, but Geneva clawed their way back. They never led by more than two, but were serving for the match at 24-23. Freshman Kristen Woge (Meadville, Pa./Cochranton) put away a kill to fend off one match point, but Geneva tallied the next two to complete the 3-0 win.
Meadows led all Bison hitters with eight kills, with Stewart coming in at five. Freshman setter Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) gave out 16 assists, with twin sister Tiffany Hoffman leading the defensive efforts with 19 digs.
The Bison’s next outing will be a PAC tri-match Saturday at Chatham. Bethany will take on Grove City at 1 p.m., which will be followed by a 3 p.m. match against the host Cougars. BC has already defeated Chatham once this season, scoring a 3-0 triumph Sept. 5 on the first day of the LaRoche Tournament.