Oct. 8 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – For the second time this season, the Bethany volleyball team extended defending conference champion Westminster to four sets but the Titans defeated the Bison (21-25, 12-25, 25-21, 19-25) Thursday night to sweep the season series.
The first set went down to the wire, as BC was within one at 21-20 before Westminster scored three straight and went in front 1-0. In the second set, a run of 11 consecutive points gave the Titans a comfortable margin and they went on to grab a 2-0 cushion.
Westminster looked like they were on their way to a sweep by staking a 10-4 advantage in the third set. Bethany clawed their way back into the set with a 10-1 run, which was highlighted by three kills by freshman Sarah Slagle (North Canton, Ohio/Perry) and a three aces by sophomore Megan Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) to go on top 14-11. The hosts battled back to draw even at 17-17, but back-to-back kills by sophomore Nancy Hitt (Export, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and one kill from freshman Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) gave BC the lead for good and an ace from freshman Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.) gave the Bison the set and extended the match.
Bethany started the fourth with four consecutive points, but Westminster gained control with a run of 16 straight points. The Bison were able to trim their deficit down to six at 20-14 following three more kills from Hitt and a kill by sophomore Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall), but the hole proved to be too big and the Titans closed out the set and match.
Hitt finished with a team-leading 10 kills in the setback, while Goodwill had nine and Slagle posted six kills and 10 digs. Freshman setter Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) set up the attacks with 29 assists and Bethany’s defensive efforts were spearheaded by sophomore Tiffany Hoffman (Cambridge, Ohio/John Glenn) with 12 digs.
The Bison will finish out their seven-matches-in-seven days stretch Saturday with a key tri-match at Washington & Jefferson. BC will face Chatham, who they beat 3-0 last Saturday, at 1 p.m. before taking on the Presidents at 3 p.m in the first meeting between the programs this year.