Five Bison Honored with All-PAC Distinction in Volleyball
Nov. 6 -BETHANY, W.Va. – After leading the program to 28 wins and its third consecutive bid to the ECAC Tournament, five members of the Bethany College volleyball program were voted All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by the coaches of the league.
Headlining the group are a trio of seniors with First Team distinction in setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), outside hitter Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) and right side Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson). Honorable Mention laurels went to sophomore middle blocker Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and freshman libero Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview).
This is Zavatchen’s fourth All-PAC award and second straight First Team recognition. She ranked second in the PAC in assists per set with 10.38 and had 10 matches with 40+ assists. Zavatchen also recorded 15 double-doubles during the year in assists and digs, highlighted by 47 assists and 17 digs in Bethany’s win at Thiel Oct. 11.
This week’s ECAC Tournament will complete a remarkable career for Zavatchen (right). She broke the school’s single-season assists record each of her first three years and owns the program’s all-time mark with 5,147 career assists. Zavatchen also ranks sixth at Bethany with 1,206 career digs.
A pre-physical therapy major who was a First Team Capital One Academic All-American last year, Jessica is the daughter of Michael & Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.
Cassidy (right) picked up her second straight all-conference award and initial First Team honor after being named Honorable Mention a season ago. This year, she started the year off strong by earning All-Tournament Team at the Capital-Otterbein Tournament and was named the PAC Player of the Week for Sept. 24. Bolstered by 21 matches with a dozen or more kills, Cassidy led the PAC with 459 for the year.
During the season, Cassidy became the fifth Bison in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills. Now with 1,207, she has moved up to second all-time at the school behind only Lauren Spegal’s 1,289 kills.
A English major, Taylor is daughter of Tim & Leslee Cassidy of Barboursville, W.Va.
Goodwill is now a three-time All-PAC selection and her highest honor yet after earning Honorable Mention as a sophomore and Second Team status as a junior. She set a career-high with 324 kills this season and ranked ninth in the PAC in both kills per set (2.63) and hitting percentage (.264). Goodwill (right) also finished third on the Bison this season in blocks with 73 total.
A very steady career that saw her record at least 240 kills in three of her four seasons, Goodwill joined Cassidy in the 1,000 career kill club at the school. She became the sixth player to reach that milestone in the regular season finale against Wooster and after setting a new career-high with 18 kills in the PAC semifinal against Thiel, Goodwill now has 1,030 to her credit.
An elementary education major, Lauren is the daughter of Trish & Denny Goodwill of Canton, Ohio.
Harris (right) picked up her first all-league recognition after a strong all-around sophomore campaign. She led the PAC with 122 total blocks, including a BC-leading 35 solos. In addition, Harris was second on the Bison in hitting percentage at .241, third with 277 kills and fifth with 25 aces.
The Bethany sophomore elevated her game down the stretch for the Green and White. In the PAC Tournament Quarterfinal match against Grove City, she had nine kills and a .474 hitting percentage to go along with eight blocks in a 3-0 victory. Over the final five matches, Harris amassed 27 blocks and also had 36 kills.
A pre-physical therapy major, Breana is the daughter of Christine Harris and Craig M. Harris of Severn, Md.
Mouch (right) made an immediate impact with the Bison in her first season. The versatile freshman settled into the libero position early and ranked fourth in the PAC with 4.50 digs per set. She posted nine matches with 20 or more digs during the year, including a string of three straight with 24 late in the season at Geneva, at W&J and against Wooster.
Also one of the Bison’s top servers, Mouch helped BC rank fourth in the conference in aces per set. Her 46 aces was second on the team and she had at least one in 26 of the team’s 36 matches, highlighted by a career-high four in the Bison’s win at Allegheny Oct. 6.
A biology major, Julia is the daughter of Elizabeth & Ed Mouch of Toledo, Ohio.