Nov. 11 - WEXFORD, Pa. – After helping lead the program to its first-ever postseason appearance, four Bethany College volleyball players were honored by being voted to the All-PAC teams, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.
Leading the Bison quartet was junior middle blocker Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall), who was selected for Second Team distinction. Receiving Honorable Mention status was sophomore right side Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson), junior libero Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and sophomore setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands). It’s the largest Bethany representation on the all-conference teams since four players were also recognized following the 1993 season.
Paced by this group, Bethany stands at 22-13 this year, which is tied for the second-most wins in school history. The Bison earned its first-ever ECAC Tournament bid and opened the playoffs with a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday night at home in the quarterfinals over Stevenson (Md.) University. That advanced BC into the semifinals Saturday against #2 seed Swarthmore at 2 p.m. at the top-seed and host Saint Vincent and another victory would move the Green and White into the title match at 5 p.m.
This is the first All-PAC award in Talkington’s career and comes after she established herself as one of the top players at the net in the league. She led the PAC in blocks with 155 and ranked second in the circuit in hitting percentage (.383) and kills (389). The 5-10 junior is closing the year with a flourish, as she has double digit kills in the last 12 matches, including a career-high 26 in the PAC Tournament Quarterfinal at Saint Vincent and a team-leading 10 in the ECAC Quarterfinal victory over Stevenson.
The season Talkington has put together is one for the record books. Her 389 kills is tied for third-most in a year with Kelly Sitko (1998) and is only five away from surpassing Lauren Spegal (393 in 2007) for second-most, with the school record being 486 by Vicki Hill in 1987. Talkington’s 114 assisted blocks is also the second-most in a year by a Bison behind only Stacy Matulewicz’s 148 in 1986.
A physical education major, Carrie is the daughter of William & Sandy Talkington of Moundsville, W.Va.
This is also Goodwill’s first all-conference award of her career. She is tied for second on the Bison in hitting percentage and is third with 253 kills, while adding in 61 blocks. Goodwill turned in 10 or more kills in nine matches, including a career-high 16 in a five-set victory on Oct. 16 against Adrian (Mich.) College. Through her first two seasons so far, Goodwill has amassed 447 kills.
An education major, Lauren is the daughter of Trish & Denny Goodwill of Canton, Ohio.
Hoffman is a repeat Honorable Mention choice after she was recognized last fall as well. She is seventh in the league with 4.43 digs per set and ranked second on Bethany with 30 service aces. The junior libero failed to bring up at least 10 digs in only three matches and had 20 or more nine times, including a career-best 37 in the PAC Quarterfinal at Saint Vincent.
With her career-high 561 digs this year, Hoffman shot up the Bison career list in that category. She became just the fourth player in school history to reach 1,500 career digs in the Oct. 28 match against Westminster and with 1,572 digs in her time at Bethany, Hoffman stands a very good chance of moving past Angelina Allen (1,671) and Heide Fakes (1,827) to settle into second place behind only Robin Sayre (2,516) on the BC all-time list.
A biology major, Tiffany is the daughter of Greg & Cindy Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.
Zavatchen also picked up her second straight all-conference award, as she was a Second Team choice, as well as PAC Freshman of the Year in 2009. After setting the Bethany single-season record with 989 assists last year, Zavatchen obliterated that mark this season by passing out 1,309 assists. She earned PAC Player of the Week after leading the Bison to first place at the season-opening Marietta Tournament. In addition to ranking second in the league with 10.15 assists per set, she is also second on the team with 78 blocks and third with 25 aces and 273 digs.
Only a sophomore, Zavatchen is already nearing the school’s all-time assists record. With still two years to go, she has 2,278 assists to rank third at Bethany behind only Brittany Vavrek (2,370) and Acacia Iwaniec (2,635).
A pre-physical therapy major, Jessica is the daughter of Michael & Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.