Zavatchen Hits Milestone as Bison Sweep Volleyball Tri-Match
Sept. 6 - GREENSBURG, Pa. – Senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) passed out her 4,000th career assist during the Bethany College volleyball team’s 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-7) victory at Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday night.
The triumph over UPG was the second of the night for the Bison (4-2), who swept Penn State-Fayette 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-13) in their first match at the Pitt-Greensburg tri-match.
Zavatchen, who has set the Bethany single-season record for assists each of her first three seasons and broke the program’s career mark last year, sent out her 4,000th career assist in the third set of the win over Pitt-Greensburg. The school record holder in assists by more than 1,300, Zavatchen now has 4,006 assists to her credit.
The top beneficiary of Zavatchen’s passes Wednesday was senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland), who pounded down a team-best nine kills in the victory. Also highlighting the win was 11 digs from freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview).
In the opening victory of the day over Penn State-Fayette, the combination of Zavatchen and Cassidy spearheaded the effort again. Zavatchen put herself in position to reach the milestone by sending out 25 assists, while Cassidy finished with a dozen kills and added three solo blocks at the net. Mouch registered a team-leading 11 digs and sophomore Kristen Sroka (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) served three aces.
Next up for the Green and White is a second straight weekend tournament. Bethany will travel to the Hanover College Tournament in Indiana and open up with matches against Spalding (Ky.) University (6 p.m.) and Anderson (Ind.) University (8 p.m.) Friday night. The tournament will conclude Saturday with Bethany taking on Ohio Northern at 12 p.m. and the host Hanover at 2 p.m.