Dec. 16 WBB vs. Hiram (L, 69-64); Dec. 17 MBB vs. St. John Fisher (L, 79-70); Dec. 31 MBB vs. Ohio Northern (1:00 p.m.)
THREE BISON VOTED VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
Dec. 14 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Following the most successful season on the court in school history, three Bethany College volleyball players were also recognized for their abilities in the classroom by earning Capital One Academic All-American honors, which were announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bison junior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) received the top award, as she was voted Capital One First Team Academic All-American. In addition, senior libero Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) was voted Second Team Academic All-American and senior defensive specialist Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) earned Third Team distinction.
“I am so proud of Jess, Tiffany and Megan and their accomplishments as students at Bethany College and members of the Bison volleyball team,” said Bethany head coach Courtney Kline. “They are extremely gifted both athletically and academically, and they work extremely hard in both arenas. These three players played such an intricate role in this program's success this past year, and played a large role in the change of the program in the past few years. They are an excellent example of what the term "student-athlete" means.”
The Bison were the only program to put three players on the Division III Academic All-American teams, which consisted of 18 total players, and one of three schools with multiple members on the teams. Otterbein (Ohio) College had one player on the First and Second Teams and Averett (Va.) College had two players earn Second Team accolades.
With the honors bestowed upon Zavatchen and the Hoffman sisters, Bethany now has 13 Academic All-Americans in its history. The trio is the first BC student-athletes to earn Academic All-American distinction in any sport since men’s tennis player Greg Mowrer was a Second Team Men’s At-Large selection in 2007. They are also the first volleyball players at Bethany to be recognized for academic and athletic success since Lorraine Ramhoff earned Academic All-American laurels in 1991 and 1992.
A First Team All-PAC selection, Zavatchen set the Bethany single-season (1,468) and career assists (3,849) records this season, as she led the Bison to a school-record 31 wins and their second consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament championship. She was the leader in the PAC and ranked eighth in the nation in assists per set (10.96), while also placing third on the team in digs with 305 and fifth with 54 blocks.
When Bethany went into the postseason, Zavatchen’s play went up another level. In a five-set win over Thomas More in the PAC Tournament semifinals, she amassed 54 assists and 14 digs. After Zavatchen totaled 33 assists and 16 digs in the ECAC semifinal win Swarthmore, she sparked BC to a 3-1 win over Saint Vincent in the championship match with 48 assists, 17 digs and five blocks.
Zavatchen is just as accomplished in the classroom as she is on the court. She has a 4.0 GPA as a pre-physical therapy major and has been on the PAC Academic Honor Roll twice. She is a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, secretary of the Psychology Club and treasurer of the Pre-Health Professionals Club. In the community, Zavatchen has volunteered as an elementary league volleyball coach.
Jessica is the daughter of Michael and Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.
Tiffany Hoffman was also a First Team All-PAC choice after she led the PAC with 56 aces and ranked second in the conference with 695 digs. She turned in her first career double-double in an Oct. 11 win over Pitt-Greensburg with 10 digs and 11 aces and had 20+ digs in 16 matches, highlighted by 30 in the PAC semifinal win over Thomas More.
During the season, Hoffman became just the second player ever at Bethany to go over 2,000 career digs and completed her time ranked second with 2,313. In addition, she finished sixth in Bison history with 153 career service aces.
Academically, Tiffany is a biology major with a GPA of 3.92. She made the President’s List four times for a 4.0 GPA in a semester and appeared on the Dean’s List twice. She volunteered with Relay for Life for three years, is a member of the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and was selected the PAC SAAC Female Student-Athlete of the Month for December.
Megan Hoffman was a four-year starter for the Bison and earned All-Tournament Team honors after helping the Green and White take first place at the season-opening Haverford Tournament. She ranked second on the team with 369 digs and tied for second with 34 aces. Megan had 20 digs in the ECAC title match win over Saint Vincent, which also pushed her over the 1,000 career dig plateau.
In addition to ranking 12th in Bethany history with 1,002 digs, Megan also placed ninth all-time at the school with 127 career aces.
Off the court, Megan has a 3.93 GPA as a biology major. She earned four trips to the President’s List after posting a perfect 4.0 in a semester and was on the Dean’s List twice. Megan won the Beta Beta Beta Award for excellence in first year of biology at Bethany and is a member of the Tri Beta Honor Society. She also served as a Relay for Life Team Captain for three years.
Tiffany and Megan are the daughters of Cindy & Greg Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.