9/2 - FH vs. W&J (8 PM); 9/3 - MSOC vs. Frostburg St. (4 PM), WSOC at Muskingum (7 PM); 9/5 - FH vs. Wilson (7 PM); 9/5-6 - VB at Transylvania Tourny; 9/6 - FB vs. Mount Union (1:30 PM)
Kline Wins 100th at Bethany, but Bison Take Split at Thomas More
Sept. 29 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College volleyball team defeated Saint Vincent 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) in its opening match Saturday, which was the 100th victory in head coach Courtney Kline’s tenure leading the Bison program.
Bethany would lose the final match of the day 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-19) to host Thomas More, which broke BC’s 10-game winning streak and dropped the team’s records to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
In the Saint Vincent victory, the Bison’s front row was dominant. Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) led the way with 14 kills and was followed by sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) with 10 and senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) with eight. Senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) served up five aces and freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) brought up 21 digs.
Kline, who is in her sixth season leading the Bethany program, becomes just the third Bison volleyball coach to win 100 games and was the fastest to reach the milestone. Now with a 100-84 record, she is behind only Lisa Campanell-Komara (145) and Jan Forsty (127) all-time at Bethany in volleyball wins and her .543 winning percentage ranks second at the school, trailing Sally Dorwart (.561 winning percentage from 1977-81).
The match with Thomas More was a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the league. The win by the Saints, who are also red-hot right now with victories in 11 consecutive matches, puts them into the top spot in the PAC, while the Bison fall a half-game back in the standings.
Cassidy was once again the leader in kills, as she hammered 11 and also recorded a team-best nine digs. Turning in strong games at the net were sophomores Megan Beebe (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek) and Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) with three blocks each.
The 11 kills for Cassidy put her at 994 career for her career and with just six more, she will become the fifth player in Bethany history to reach 1,000. She’ll go for that historic mark when Bethany is back in action Tuesday night in another tough PAC road match, as the Bison travel to Westminster for a 7 p.m. contest.