Sept. 8 - ERIE, Pa. – Bethany College senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.) recorded her 1,000 career kill Saturday, as the Bison volleyball team (3-6) split a pair of matches on the final day of the Penn State Behrend Tournament.
In their first match of the day, the Bison lost a 3-0 (22-30, 23-30, 25-30) decision to Behrend. Spegal led BC hitters with 10 kills, while also posting 13 digs, two aces and two blocks. Freshman Emily Stewart (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) was just behind Spegal with eight kills, while sophomore Rachael Dunham (Gans, Pa./Albert Gallatin) brought up a team-high 15 digs.
Junior setter Kim McKay (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) amassed 25 assists in the loss.
Spegal’s milestone moment came during Bethany’s final match of the weekend, which turned out to be a 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 31-29) triumph over Medaille (N.Y.) College. She came into the contest with 994 kills and collected 13 to move her total to 1,007. Following the tournament, Spegal would be named to the All-Tournament team for the third consecutive season.
The win was also highlighted by a very good all-around performance by McKay. She had 33 assists, 15 digs and served up three aces. Only freshman Sarah Olson (Rices Landing, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) recorded more digs on the Bison with 17, while senior Michelle Fowler (Mather, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) matched McKay with 15 digs and also had four kills.
Bethany will now have a week off before taking the floor again. Next Saturday, the Bison travel to Waynesburg (Pa.) College for a PAC tri-match that includes Grove City (Pa.) College, who has won the Behrend and Ohio Wesleyan Tournament that the Bison have played in the last two weekends.