TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – With a pair of 3-0 victories Sunday over Ohio Wesleyan and Wilmington (Ohio), the Bethany College volleyball team claimed co-first place at the Rose-Hulman Tournament and also improved to 10-0 for the best start in school history.
The wins gave the Bison a 4-0 mark over the weekend, matching Rose-Hulman, who shared first place with BC. It marks the second tournament title Bethany has earned in two weekends after the Green and White went 4-0 at the Haverford Tournament last Saturday and Sunday.
The first match of the day was against Ohio Wesleyan and the Bison dominated from start to finish in a 25-13, 25-5, 25-7 triumph. The main offensive weapon for BC was the serve, as they struck 12 aces, led by four from junior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.). The top hitter up front was senior Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) with seven kills.
Bethany completed the perfect weekend by sweeping past Wilmington by scores of 25-19, 25-12, 25-16. Talkington led the way with 10 kills, six solo blocks and three aces, while senior Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) totaled 14 digs and served five aces. Junior setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out 29 assists as well.
Following the Tournament, Talkington and freshman Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) were selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Bison will put their 13-match winning streak that dates back to last year on the line Wednesday night when they travel to Grove City. The match, which will also be the first PAC tilt of the season, will begin at 6:30 p.m.