Bethany College Volleyball Eager to Capture PAC Title

BY: SAMANTHA SCHOTT

 

BETHANY, W.Va – The Bethany College women’s volleyball team is on track to finish the 2014 season very strong. They are currently ranked third in the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC), with an overall record of 20-12 and a conference record of 12-2.

In the PAC preseason poll the Lady Bison were selected as the top seed. They are attempting to keep the streak alive of four seasons with thirty or more wins. Per recent tradition, the Lady Bison are also hoping for a chance to play at the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament once again. The team has had a successful start to this year’s campaign with a record of 3-1 after a two day tournament at Mount Union.

Junior libero, Julia Mouch was named the PAC player of the week following an outstanding performance at the tournament. Mouch finished the tournament with eighty-six digs and helped the defense achieve a .166 hitting percentage.

The Lady Bison went on to host Thiel in their home opener and ultimately swept the Tomcats in three games. During the match, the McKenzie twins, Dakota and Dylana, led the Bison with eleven and ten kills apiece. Senior Lynsie Mandt, would lead the defense with fourteen digs. This would mark the eighteenth win out of nineteen conference games that the Lady Bison have won.

During the week of October 6, 2014 Dakota McKenzie would also be awarded the PAC player of the week. During this time frame she totaled forty-two kills in only eleven sets. She also had a season high twenty-five kills in the 3-1 victory over Saint Vincent. At this point McKenzie led the PAC in kills per set and was ranked second with 217 kills.

After the Lady Bison’s home win against Washington and Jefferson, Coach Courtney Kline was awarded with her with her 146th victory at Bethany College. This would make her the winningest volleyball coach in Bethany history.  Another major accomplishment during the season was the 100th win for seniors Lynsie Mandt and Kelly Becquet. Then, again, senior Lynsie Mandt was awarded the PAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar Athlete of the Month in October. The award is based off of performance on the court and off the court.

Most recently the Lady Bison traveled to Virginia Beach to play in the Christopher Newport Tri-Match. They were able to capture a win in the first game against Marymount (3-0). Once again Dakota and Dylana McKenzie finished with eleven and ten kills apiece. Defensively, Julia Mouch finished with fifteen digs and Mackenzie Lauber tallied thirty-three assists.

In the second game, Bethany fell in three games to thirteenth ranked Christopher Newport. Offensively, Dylana and Dakota McKenzie finished with nine and seven kills each. Defensively, MacKenzie Lauber led the team with eleven digs and twenty-four assists in the game.

The Lady Bison are close to wrapping up their season and will host Saint Vincent Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at home. The team will then travel to Westminster, and will finish the 2014 season at home with tri-match on November 1, 2014.  

 

 

 

 

 

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