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Nov. 11 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College volleyball players Megan and Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) and Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands)  earned Capital OneFirst Team Academic All-District II honors, as announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division III institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia make up District II.

Not only do the three Bison excel in the classroom, but they have played a large role in another very successful season on the court. Bethany broke the school record for single-season victories with a 29-6 record so far and will host the ECAC South Region Tournament semifinals and championship Saturday. The Bison, who won the ECAC Championship last year, will play Swarthmore in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. and if BC is victorious, they advance to the 5 p.m. title match against the winner of the Moravian/Saint Vincent semifinal.

“I am extremely proud of Megan, Tiffany, and Jess for their accomplishments both on and off the court this season,” said Bethany head coach Courtney Kline. “All three girls are a shining example of what it means to be a student-athlete. Not only do they work extremely hard on the court, they do the same in the classroom. They put in the extra time in both areas and it clearly shows in everything they do.”

Megan is a four-year member of the Bison program. After finishing in the top 10 in single-season assists as a freshman setter, she moved to a defensive specialist position and has been a key cog in the BC back row. Megan earned All-Tournament Team honors after Bethany took first place at the season opening Haverford Tournament this year. She is second on the team with 343 digs this year, as well as 33 service aces.

For her career, Megan has 976 digs, leaving her just 24 away from becoming the 12th player in Bethany history to reach 1,000 for her career. In addition she ranks ninth all-time at Bethany with 129 aces.

Off the court, Megan has better than a 3.9 GPA as a biology major. She’s been on the President’s List for a perfect 4.0 GPA four times and on the Dean’s List two other semesters. She won the Beta Beta Beta Award for excellence as a first-year biology student and is a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Club. She is also active in the community as a Relay for Life captain three years.

“Megan is one of the hardest working players I have coached,” said Kline. “She perseveres in every instance, and always works to meet her potential. She is an extremely intelligent student and athlete who works just as hard on the classroom as she does on the court.”

Megan is the daughter of Cindy & Greg Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.

Tiffany has been the Bison’s starting libero for four years. She was a two-time Honorable Mention All-PAC selection prior to this season. This year, Tiffany is tied for the PAC lead with 55 aces and second in the conference in digs with 653. Earlier this season, she became just the second Bison to surpass 2,000 career digs and ranks second in school history with 2,251. Tiffany is also sixth in career aces at BC with 150.

Academically, Tiffany is also a biology major with a GPA above 3.9. She has made the President’s List for a 4.0 GPA four times and the Dean’s List on two other occasions. A member of the Beta Beta Beta Biology honor society, she has volunteered with Relay for Life three times.

“Tiffany is a very competitive athlete who always pushes herself to be the best that she can every day,” said Kline. “She holds a big leadership role on the court, playing the libero position for 6 rotations. She is an excellent example to every girl on the team both on the court and in the classroom.”

Tiffany is the daughter of Cindy & Greg Hoffman of Cambridge, Ohio.

Zavatchen has started every match at setter since arriving on the Bethany campus three years ago. She ranked eighth in the country with 10.90 assists per game at the start of the week and sparked BC to a 3-0 win over Marywood in the ECAC Quarterfinals with 46 assists. Zavatchen broke the school’s single-season assists record each of her first two years and with 1,387 this year, needs just six more to break the mark a third straight season. She also needed less than three years to reset the Bison career assists record and has 3,722 coming into the weekend.

In the classroom, Jessica has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Pre-Physical Therapy major. She has been on the Presidents’ List with a 4.0 GPA four times and is a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. Zavatchen also serves as Secretary of the Psychology Club, Treasurer of the Pre-Health Professionals Club and coaches a league volleyball team in a local elementary school.

“Jess plays a large leadership role on the court, setting up our team's offense,” said Kline. “She is a great athlete who always plays with her heart and is willing to give anything to make a play. She is very focused in the classroom, just as she is on the court, always giving her best.”

Jessica is the daughter of Michael and Jeanne Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa.