Bison Volleyball Seniors Finish 2014 Season Strong

BY: GEORGE COTHRAN

 

BETHANY, W.Va – The 2014 volleyball season has been full of promise for the Bison. This past Saturday yielded two victories over Waynesburg University and Kenyon College, concluding their regular season with an overall record of 25-12, (16-2 PAC).  They won both games with scores of 3-0, winning all six sets decisively. Before the first game, there was some time taken to honor two seniors of the team, #13 Kelly Becquet and #6 Lynsie Mandt. There was a senior day ceremony held for both of the women right before the game, in which they accepted gifts and bouquets and posed for pictures with their parents. They will graduate from Bethany as the winningest senior class of all time with a collective record of 115-36, 60-11 in the PAC and three consecutive ECAC Championships.

 

Kelly Becquet is originally from Finnleyville, PA and a graduate of Ringgold High School. Over the span of four years, she has played in 141 matches, totaling 452 sets. She has accumulated a record of 1,227 digs and is the second non-libero under Coach Courtney Kline to reach the 1,000 dig distinction. She has a record of 141 service aces has earned her the rank of seventh on Bethany’s all-time career list. Outside of the court, she has exceled as a student, making it to the Deans’ or the President’s list every semester, and has been added to the PAC Academic Honor Roll three times. She is an accounting major with a minor in computer science. When asked about how being a part of the volleyball team has affected her personal life, she said “It definitely gave me a lot of responsibilities. With work, you’ll have a lot of stuff to do with a time frame. You have a lot of discipline and Coach Kline holds us to our requirement.” She also encouraged others to not be afraid of real world challenges and take them head on. “Sports are very much related to the real world, so just take it one step at a time.

 

Lynsie Mandt is a resident of Columbus, OH and graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School. In total, she has played 115 matches and 314 sets in a span of four years. Her best season was during her junior year, when she was ranked third in both kills and digs, with 585 and 667 respectively. She is also an excellent student, having been named twice the PAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Month. As an education major, she was also a PAC Academic Honor Roll recipient for her first three seasons. Currently, Mandt is a Kalon Scholar, the Senior Class vice president, and President of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society. Mandt will take away many things from her time as a Bison volleyball player, saying “Being a part of the volleyball team has taught me how to be a good leader and teammate. On and off the court, I build relationships with my teammates as friends.” When asked how being a part of the team will affect her future, she said that as an education major, working with different types of people is like a volleyball team. It is very important to work with people of different personalities and strengths in the real world.

 

When asked about the two seniors, Head Coach, Courtney Kline stated “Lynsie and Kelly have been just great, great girls from day one.” She also said playing a sport for four years may seem easy, but it can be really demanding. As for the rest of the season, they will be playing in the PAC Season Finals, Friday night. A victory for the Bison means that they will be playing on Saturday, and pending a victory on Saturday will lead to a chance to play in the NCAA tournament, which will be a first for the Bethany College volleyball team.

 

 

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