Sept. 28 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany volleyball program (14-4, 6-0 PAC) pushed its win streak to five games as it took both games of a tri-match against Washington & Jefferson and Waynesburg University on Saturday afternoon. The Bison defeated the Presidents, 3-1 before knocking off the Yellow Jackets, 3-0.
In the first game of the tri-match the Bison took care of W&J, 3-1, by scores of 25-15, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-10. Offensively, the Bison were led by ten kills each from Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum). Lynsie Mandt (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourn) added six kills in the victory while Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Mansfield) totaled six kills and 29 assists.
After taking the first set, 25-15 the Bison dropped their first game in in two weeks, breaking a streak of ten straight games without a loss. However, with the loss the team found a new focus and only allowed W&J to lead once over the next to games, dropping the Presidents 25-12 and 25-10 in the final two games to take the match, 3-1.
Defensively, The Bison continued to give opposing teams fits, as the Bison once again held their opponent under a .100 hitting percentage, totaling 66 digs in four games. Mandt finished with a game-high, 17, while Julia Mouch (Toldeo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) finished with 14. Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) added 12 while Lauber notched 10 to go with her 29 assists, giving her a double-double in the contest.
In the second game, the Bison left no doubt, quickly dispatching of Waynesburg in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-9. For the contest, Bethany held the Yellow Jackets to a -.058 hitting percentage, totaling 51 digs in just three games, while also recording seven team blocks.
Becquet and Mouch each led the way defensively with 12 digs each. While Harris notched four block assists and one solo block.
Offensively, Harris, McKenize and Dakota Mckenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) all totaled seven kills, while Lauber finished with six kills on just 12 attempts, and added 17 assists.
The two victories for the Bison now makes it nine consecutive victories that the Bison have held their opponents under a .100 hitting percentage. The team currently ranks second in the PAC, holding their opponents to just a .134 hitting percentage over their first 18 matches of the season.
Bethany will be back in action on Tuesday, October 1 when they travel to New Wilmington for a battle of conference unbeatens as they take on Westminster. The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.