Senior Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) recorded 38 assists and 10 digs, including the 1,000th of her career, as the Bethany College volleyball team won its sixth straight Thursday with an impressive 3-0 win (25-9, 25-16, 25-11) over visiting Carlow (Pa.) University.
The Bison (12-3) held a comfortable 12-7 advantage in the first set before three kills from three different players was followed by an ace from senior Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.). That four-point surge sparked a 13-2 burst to close out the opening set. Senior Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) and sophomore Megan Beebe (Irondale, Ohio/Indian Creek) both had three kills in the set.
An early one-point deficit in the second was quickly erased, as sophomore Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill) assisted Zavatchen on a block and put away two straight kills in a 5-0 run and BC never trailed again. Harris finished the set with four kills, while senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and sophomore Jordan Fenner (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) had three apiece in the set victory, which staked Bethany to a 2-0 lead.
Seniors sparked the way to an easy third-set triumph, as Cassidy delivered four kills and Meredith Holl (Mogadore, Ohio) posted two that pushed Bethany to a big lead. Then the Bison underclassmen helped close it out, as sophomores Lynsie Mandt (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) and Amanda Peters (Bloomdale, Ohio/Elmwood) had two kills each down the stretch and the Green and White coasted to the victory.
Already the school's all-time leader in assists, Zavatchen became just the 13th player in Bethany history in surpass 1,000 career digs. Her passing set up a balanced attack, which was led by Cassidy with 10 kills and Goodwill and Harris with seven each. The 10 digs gave Zavatchen her fifth double-double of the season, while also recording double-digit digs was freshman Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) with 13 and sophomore Kelly Becquet (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold), who had 10.
With their six straight wins, the Bison will carry a lot of momentum into a pivotal early-season tri-match Saturday at Hummel Field House. Bethany will host defending PAC champion Geneva (11-2, 4-0) at 11 a.m. Then after Geneva plays Thiel at 1 p.m., BC will take on the Tomcats (8-4, 3-0) in the 3 p.m. finale. Bethany split with both teams in the regular season last year but this will be the first meeting between the Bison and Geneva since the Golden Tornadoes captured the PAC Tournament Championship with a 3-1 victory over BC in the title match.