KLINE, TWO BISON HONORED WITH PAC VOLLEYBALL HONORS
Nov. 7 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Bethany head volleyball coach Courtney Kline was selected as the PAC Coach of the Year and two Bison were lauded with All-PAC honors when the conference awards were announced following the tournament championship match Saturday at Thomas More.
In addition to Kline being named the league’s Coach of the Year, freshman Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) was selected as the PAC Freshman of the Year, in addition to Second Team All-PAC honors. Sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) rounded out the award winners with Honorable Mention status from the conference coaches, marking the first time the Bison have place more than one on the all-league teams since 2004.
The award for Kline comes in her third year at the helm of the Bison, who rebounded from a five-win season in 2008 to finish 16-15 this year and qualify for the PAC Tournament for the first time since 2004. It was also the first winning season by a Bison volleyball team since 2001 (15-12) and the most victories posted by Bethany since going 22-15 in 1992.
“I am honored to receive the Coach of the Year award,” said Kline, who prior to coming to Bethany was named Coach of the Year following both of her seasons at Penn State-Fayette. “I truly appreciate the hard work that every player on the team put in this year to make the success that we achieved this year possible.”
Zavatchen’s freshman award is the first by a Bethany player since Lauren Spegal was recognized as the PAC’s top first-year player in 2004. The 5-8 setter also garnered Second Team All-PAC attention after she set a new Bison single-season record with 989 assists during the year. In addition, she finished second on the team in digs (284) and solo blocks (22).
“Jess has been a great asset to our team this season,” said Kline. “She has improved consistently throughout the season and has done a great job of distributing the ball to our attackers. Jess plays with great determination and heart, which is contagious to her teammates. I am extremely pleased with her performance this fall and see great things for her in the future.”
A pre-physical therapy major, Jessica is the daughter of Michael and Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.
Hoffman received her first all-conference award after leading the Bison with 552 digs and ranking second in the PAC in digs per set entering the playoff tournament. She totaled 14 matches with 20+ digs and went over 1,000 career digs in the team’s PAC Quarterfinal match at Washington & Jefferson (1,001). Hoffman also ranked third on the squad this year with 39 aces.
“Tiffany has been our most consistent passer this season,” said Kline. “She came into practice every day ready to work hard and improve and has quickly become a tremendous serve receive passer, which really added to the success of our offense. Tiffany also performed very well defensively this season making some great digs and hustle plays.”
A biology/pre-med major, Tiffany is the daughter of Greg and Cindy Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.