Nov. 17 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Following a record-breaking season, five Bethany College volleyball players were voted to the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams, which were released Thursday by the conference office.
Headlining the honorees were seniors Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) and Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and junior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) on First Team; junior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) on Second Team and junior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) on Honorable Mention.
Led by the five all-conference selections, the Bison finished 31-6, setting a new single-season school record for wins, reached the PAC Tournament Championship match before falling to Geneva in the final and won the ECAC South Tournament for the second consecutive season.
This is the second consecutive All-PAC award for Talkington and initial First Team distinction after she was a Second Team choice last fall. The 5-10 middle blocker led the conference this year in hitting percentage (.372), kills (452), kills per set (3.53) and overall blocks (151). Talkington recorded 19 kills in both the PAC Tournament semifinal win over Thomas More and the title match against Geneva, then turned in 17 kills and five blocks in the ECAC Tournament championship match victory over Saint Vincent.
Talkington’s outstanding senior season, featuring the second-most kills in Bethany single-season history, capped off an outstanding career. She set a new BC career record with 252 assisted blocks and became just the fourth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills. Talkington completed her tenure in Green and White with 1,161 kills, the third-most in Bison history.
A physical education major, Carrie is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Talkington of Moundsville, W.Va.
Hoffman is now a three-time All-PAC choice after back-to-back Honorable Mention picks as a sophomore and junior. A four-year starter as libero, she finished second in the league in digs with 695 and third in digs per game with 5.23. Hoffman also posted a conference-best 56 aces. She registered 16 matches with 20 or more digs, including 30 in the PAC semifinal victory over Thomas More, and set a career-high with 11 aces in an Oct. 11th victory over Pitt-Greensburg.
Hoffman also etched her name high atop the Bison records books, becoming only the second player in school history to go over 2,000 career digs. She finished second in the program rankings with 2,313 digs and is also sixth all-time at the school with 153 aces. In addition to being an all-conference performer on the court, Tiffany was recently voted to the Capital One First Team Academic All-District II team and will find out Dec. 13th if she’s been voted an Academic All-American.
A biology major, Tiffany is the daughter of Cindy & Greg Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.
The third Bethany player to pull in First Team laurels is also a record breaking performer. In her third year as the starting setter, Zavatchen, who is now a three-time All-PAC selection, broke the single-season school record for assists for the third consecutive year with 1,468. In addition to leading the PAC, she ranks seventh in all of Division III with 11.04 assists per set. A terrific all-around player, Zavatchen was third on the team with 305 digs and recorded 13 double-doubles during the year, including 48 assists and 17 digs in the clinching ECAC triumph over Saint Vincent.
Not only did Zavatchen break the Bethany single-season record for assists, she broke the program’s career mark in only her third season. She already has 3,849 career assists, which is more than 1,200 more than the program’s previous career standard. Like Hoffman, Zavatchen also excels in the classroom, as she was voted to the Capital One First Team Academic All-District II team and has a chance to be named Academic All-American.
A pre-physical therapy major, Jessica is the daughter of Michael & Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.
This is the second straight year Goodwill has been recognized with All-PAC honors after an Honorable Mention nod last fall. A strong right-side hitter, she was third on the team in kills with 242 and hitting percentage at .291. Goodwill set a season-high with 16 kills in an early-season win at Haverford and posted double-digit kills in four of the last six matches this year, including 11 in the ECAC title win over Saint Vincent.
After three solid seasons on the court, Goodwill ranks 11th in career kills at Bethany with 706.
An elementary education major, Lauren is the daughter of Trish & Denny Goodwill of Canton, Ohio.
Cassidy was recognized with the first All-PAC honor of her career after finishing third in the conference in kills (402) and fifth in kills per set (3.14). She compiled 23 matches this fall with 10 or more kills, including double-digit putaways in the final six matches of the year. Cassidy would earn the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Tournament after amassing 32 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks in the last two victories, which included a game-high 19 kills in the championship match against Saint Vincent.
Thanks in large part to her 402 kills this year, which was fourth-most in Bethany single-season history, Cassidy is also climbing up the all-time list in that category. She is already ninth all-time in Bison history with 748 kills.
A English major, Taylor is the daughter of Tim & Leslee Cassidy of Barboursville, W.Va.