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Thiel senior middle hitter Kelly Barzak led the Tomcats to a perfect 5-0 week as well the team title at last weekend's Gator Invitational, hosted by Allegheny. Barzak hit .372 and added 12 digs and 7.5 blocks in 17 sets played.

GENEVA EARNS TOP BILLING IN 2012 PAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON COACHES' POLL (8/25/12)
Geneva College received five first-place votes and 85 total points to headline the 2012 PAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
For more great PAC volleyball information, check out our online season preview section.

 

W&J NAMES BROOKE TURNER HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH  (8/16/12)

Washington & Jefferson College Director of Athletics Bill Dukett announced the hiring of Brooke Turner as the Presidents' head volleyball coach Monday. Turner had previously served as the head volleyball coach at Division II West Liberty State University since 2007. She was also an adjunct professor at West Liberty, teaching health and physical education classes.

 

THREE VOLLEYBALL PROGRAMS EARN AVCA ACADEMIC HONORS (7/20/12)
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 533 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 season. Helping the AVCA achieve a new all-time high for the award are the PAC women's volleyball programs at Geneva College, Thiel College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College. The award honors programs that displayed excellence in the classroom during the academic year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

 

FRED WALLACE RESIGNS AS W&J HEAD COACH (6/29/12)
Washington & Jefferson College Head Volleyball Coach Fred Wallace announced his resignation on June 29 after nine seasons He is leaving W&J to become the head volleyball and softball coach at Morrisville State (N.Y.) College. Wallace helped W&J win the 2005 PAC Championship with a squad that finished 26-6 and earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament.  His teams won nearly 53 percent of their matches (143-129) and made three ECAC postseason appearances.  Wallace owns a 220-182 (.547) overall record in 13 seasons of coaching NCAA Division III volleyball. 

 

BARTON EARNS APRIL 2012 PAC SAAC HONORS (4/17/12)
The PAC announced today that
senior volleyball standout Jordan Barton of Waynesburg University has been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April 2012.

 

BC'S HOFFMAN NAMED PAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE (12/15/11)
The PAC has announced that senior Academic All-American volleyball standout Tiffany Hoffman has been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December 2011.

 

BC TRIO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (12/14/11)

Three Bethany volleyball standouts - junior setter Jessica Zavatchen and seniors Tiffany Hoffman and Megan Hoffman - have been selected to the Capital One 2011 Academic All-America Division III volleyball teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Zavatchen (4.0 GPA, pre-physical therapy) was a first team honoree, while Tiffany Hoffman (3.92 GPA, biology) was tabbed to the second team and Megan Hoffman (3.93 GPA, biology) to the third team. The Bison were the only program in the nation to put three players on the Academic All-American teams, which consisted of 18 total players, and one of only three schools with multiple members on the teams. A First Team All-PAC selection, Zavatchen set the Bethany single-season (1,468) and career assists (3,849) records this season, as she led the Bison to a school-record 31 wins and their second consecutive ECAC Division III South Region Tournament championship. Tiffany Hoffman was also a First Team All-PAC choice, while Megan Hoffman was a four-year starter for the Bison spikers.

 

PAC RELEASES 2011 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS (11/17/11)
The 2011 All-PAC Volleyball teams have been released. The 2011 PAC Player of the Year is junior setter Deanna Briody of PAC champion Geneva, while Thomas More libero Kelsey Castiglioni was tabbed as PAC Freshman of the Year. 2011 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to Geneva co-head coaches Wendy Smith and Curt Conser.

 

PAC QUINTET NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (11/10/11)
Five PAC volleyball standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Division III Volleyball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Three Bethany spikers: seniors Megan Hoffman (3.93 GPA, biology) and Tiffany Hoffman (3.92 GPA, biology) and junior Jessica Zavatchen (4.0 GPA, pre-physical therapy) earned All-District II first team laurels. In District IV, first team honorees included Thiel junior Kelly Barzak (3.78 GPA, elementary education and Westminster sophomore Rebecca Riemer (3.96 GPA, biology). All five PAC standouts now advance to the NCAA Division III Academic All-America national ballot.

 

GENEVA DROPS THRILLER IN NCAA 1ST ROUND (11/10/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Geneva volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to OAC power Heidelberg today in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship tournament at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Golden Tornadoes (27-9) took the first set against the 'Berg and led 2-1 after three sets. In the fifth and final set, the GTs had a pair of match points at 14-13 and 15-14, but could not close out the match as Heidelberg (32-6) ripped off three straight points to win 17-15 and advance to the NCAA second round.

 

PAC TEAMS POST SWEEP IN ECAC FIRST ROUND (11/9/11)
In the 2011 ECAC Division III South Volleyball Tournament, both #2 Bethany and #8 Saint Vincent posted first round wins. The Bison had little trouble sweeping #7 Marywood 3-0 and will now host the weekend "Final Four" thanks to the Bearcats, who upset top-seeded DeSales 3-2 in another first round match. Bethany will battle #3 Swarthmore in one semifinal at Hummel Fieldhouse, while Saint Vincent will face #4 Moravian in the other semi. The semifinals will take place on Saturday (Nov. 12) with match times currently TBA.

 

PAC TEAMS EARN ECAC FALL TOURNEY BERTHS (11/7/11)
The PAC has had four teams earn berths into this week's ECAC Division III South Tournaments for volleyball and soccer. PAC runner-up Bethany (28-6) is the second seed in the eight-team 2011 ECAC D-III South Region Volleyball Tournament and will host seventh-seeded Marywood (17-11) in a first round match Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. The defending ECAC champion Bison are joined in the tourney by Saint Vincent, whom Bethany defeated for the 2010 ECAC crown. The Bearcats (21-11) are seeded eighth and will travel to top-seeded DeSales (27-6) for an opening round match Wednesday at seven. First round winners will advance to the weekend "final four" in each sport, hosted by the highest remaining seed.

 

GENEVA LEARNS NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIP SLATE (11/7/11)
Three PAC fall sport champion learned their tournament fate today as the NCAA announced the 2011 Division III Championship brackets in the sports of women's volleyball and men's & women's soccer. In the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship, PAC champion Geneva (27-8) will travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. for a first-round matchup against OAC champion Heidelberg (31-6) at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday (Nov. 10) at 12:30 p.m.

 

GENEVA CAPTURES FIRST-EVER PAC TITLE (11/5/11)
The Geneva Golden Tornadoes captured their first-ever PAC championship in any sport on November 5, as top-seeded Geneva overcame an opening set loss to defeat second-seeded Bethany 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) in the title match of the 2011 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament. With the victory, the GTs (27-8) have earned the PAC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division III Championships.

 

GENEVA, BETHANY ADVANCE TO PAC FINALS (11/4/11)
Top-seeded Geneva and second-seeded Bethany each posted semifinal wins on November 4 to advance to the finals of the 2011 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament, being hosted by Geneva in Beaver Falls, Pa. The host Golden Tornadoes, playing in their first-ever PAC Tournament after gaining NCAA Division III active membership status this summer, swept rival and fifth-seeded Westminster 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19). The second match was a different story as the Bison took a 2-0 lead of third-seed and two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More, only to see the Saints rally to tie the score 2-2. The fifth set was tied 13-13 when Bethany won the final two points to clinch the 3-2 win (25-18, 29-27, 19-25, 18-25, 15-13) and a berth in the PAC finals, which will take place at Metheny Fieldhouse at Geneva on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 4 p.m. The winner of Saturday's final will receive the PAC's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship playoffs which begin next week.

 

PAC FALL TOURNAMENTS GET UNDERWAY (11/1/11)
The 2011 PAC Championship Tournaments in the fall sports of women's soccer and volleyball got underway on Tuesday, November 1. In PAC volleyball first round action, two-time defending PAC champion and #3 seed Thomas More overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge #6 Saint Vincent 3-2, while #5 Westminster posted a minor upset with a 3-2 victory at #4 Thiel to reach the PAC semifinals for the 10th straight year.

 

PAC RELEASES 2011 VB TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (10/29/11)
The PAC has announced the schedules for the 2011 PAC Championship Tournaments in the sports of men's & women's soccer and women's volleyball. The tournaments, which take place next week on campus sites, will crown the 2011 PAC champions in all three sports that will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships the following week (Nov. 10-12). Admission for all PAC Championship events is $5 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for programs. PAC and institutional passes are not accepted at PAC championship events.

 

SAINT VINCENT'S MCGRATH NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER, 2011 (10/18/11)

Junior basketball/volleyball standout Devin McGrath of Saint Vincent College has been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October 2011. Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

 

THOMAS MORE PICKED TO REPEAT IN 2011 POLL (8/31/11)

Thomas More has been picked to repeat as PAC volleyball champions in 2011, according to a preseason poll of league volleyball coaches. Fourth-year head volleyball coach John Spinney looks to guide the Saints to their third straight PAC title and the programís 10th NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Thomas More earned three first-place votes and 88 points in the conference poll to top second place Thiel who had four first place votes (83), followed by Geneva (77), Westminster (75), Bethany (65), Saint Vincent (60), Grove City (36), Washington & Jefferson (29), Waynesburg (23) and Chatham (14).

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: VOLLEYBALL (8/23/11)
For six weekdays leading up to the September 1 competition start date, the PAC will be releasing 2011 conference previews for all varsity fall sports. Today we look at PAC volleyball, where the quantity of quality teams has never been stronger. Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More has eight returning players and will look for a "three-peat" this fall. However, the Saints will again face quality competition from several conference foes, including 2010 league runner-up Thiel, which has five starters returning. Other challengers include Bethany, which brings back 12 returners from last year's ECAC South championship squad; Saint Vincent, which is coming off its most successful run in program history last year; and Westminster, which is looking to make another run at the PAC championship title. Also, Geneva cruised through the PAC schedule with a record of 16-2 last year and will look to make an impact this year as an NCAA Division III active member. The complete 2011 PAC Volleyball Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite volleyball schedule.
 

THREE PAC TEAMS GET AVCA ACADEMIC HONORS (7/21/11)
Three PAC volleyball programs  - Geneva, Thiel and Waynesburg - are among 88 Division III teams and 481 total programs at all levels honored with the 2010-11 Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The award honors collegiate volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
 

CHYLIK NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE (1/19/11)

Senior volleyball standout Madison Chylik of Thiel College haS been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January 2011.

 

CHYLIK NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (11/30/10)

Thiel College senior volleyball standout Madison Chylik has been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America College Division Volleyball Third Team, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Chylik, an elementary education major from Valley View, Ohio with a 3.98 cumulative GPA and a six-time member of the Deanís List, is a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in softball. She is also a five-time PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. Chylik helped lead the Tomcat spikers to their second straight 20-win season in 2010. Earlier this year, she became the schoolís all-time leader in assists. Last season she was named to the All-PAC first team and was a second team selection in 2010..

 

2010 ALL-PAC VOLLEYBALL TEAMS RELEASED (11/10/10)
The 2010 All-PAC Volleyball Teams and postseason award winners have been released. Conference champion Thomas More swept the MVP and Coach of the Year honors, given to Saint senior OH Alyssa Carlotta and third-year TMC mentor John Spinney, respectively. Thiel libero Jenna Samsa was tabbed as PAC Freshman of the Year.

 

SIX PAC TEAMS EARN ECAC TOURNEY BERTHS (11/8/10)
Six PAC soccer and volleyball teams have been selected to compete in the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Tournaments. Saint Vincent is the top-seed in the eight-team ECAC D-III South Volleyball Tournament and will host #8 Penn State-Behrend at the Carey Center Wednesday (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. If the Bearcats win, they will host the semifinals and finals in Latrobe this weekend. Bethany volleyball is also at home Wednesday night, as the third-seeded Bison host #6 Stevenson at 7 p.m.  Three PAC teams are in action in the ECAC D-III South Men's Soccer Tournament, with two facing each other on Wednesday. #2 Washington & Jefferson will host #7 Grove City in a first-round contest at 6 p.m., while #8 Bethany will play top-seeded Penn State-Behrend in Erie at 1:30 p.m. Finally, in ECAC D-III Women's Soccer Tournament action, Grove City is the second seed and will host a first round match against Misericordia at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

PAC TEAMS HIT THE ROAD FOR NCAA PLAYOFFS (11/8/10)
All three PAC champions in the sports of soccer and volleyball will be on the road for the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs this week. In men's soccer, PAC champion Thomas More (11-5-2) will face Dominican (18-1-1) in a first round match Friday at 11 a.m., at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. PAC women's soccer champion Washington & Jefferson (14-5-1) will face Illinois Wesleyan (16-1-3) in an opening round contest at Denison University in Granville, Ohio on Saturday at 11 a.m. Finally, in volleyball first round action, league champion Thomas More (28-7) will travel to Atlanta and Emory University for a first-round matchup against Southwestern (29-6) on Friday at 12:30 p.m.
 

FOUR TITLES AWARDED ON CHAMPIONSHIP SAT. (11/6/10)
It was "Championship Saturday" in the PAC on November 6, as conference titles were awarded in men's & women's soccer and volleyball, while in addition the football conference crown was also clinched (see below). All three defending soccer/volleyball champions from 2009 posted repeat performances and earned automatic bids to next week's NCAA Division III Tournaments. In men's soccer, #4 seed Thomas More posted the tourney's third straight upset win, as the Saints edged #3 Bethany 2-1 for their second straight league crown. Women's soccer saw #2 Washington & Jefferson earn its third straight PAC title, as the Presidents broke open a scoreless halftime tie with three second half goals to defeat #4 Westminster 3-0. Finally, top-seeded Thomas More rallied from an opening set loss to defeat #2 Thiel 3-1 in the PAC volleyball title match, giving the Saint spikers their third straight league championship.

 

TMC, THIEL ADVANCE TO 2010 PAC TITLE MATCH (11/5/10)
A rematch of the 2009 PAC title match will be on tap Saturday (Nov. 6), as top-seeded Thomas More and second-seeded Thiel advanced to the finals of the 2010 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Saints had little trouble with #4 Saint Vincent, winning 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-15), while the Tomcats also won 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-17) over #3 Westminster Friday night at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky. Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More swept Thiel in last year's championship match. Live statistics for the championship match will be available Saturday.

 

THIEL DUO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (11/4/10)
A pair of Thiel College volleyball standouts have been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District II College Division Volleyball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior S Madison Chylik (3.98 cumulative GPA, elementary education) was a first team honoree and now advances to the Academic All-America ballot later this month. She was joined by her teammate, junior MH Kelly Barzak (3.53, elementary education), who was a third team honoree.

 

VOLLEYBALL TOP SEEDS EACH WIN AS 2010 PAC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT GETS UNDERWAY (11/2/10)
The PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 2 , as both higher seeded volleyball squads advanced to the weekend semifinals. The match of the night was in Latrobe, where fourth-seeded Saint Vincent won its first-ever PAC Tournament contest with a thrilling five-set 3-2 win over fifth seed Bethany, including a 19-17 advantage in the final set. The Bearcats will now face top-seeded Thomas More Friday at 6 p.m. In the other first round match, third seed Westminster eliminated sixth-seeded Washington & Jefferson 3-1 to advance to the other PAC Tournament semifinal against #2 Thiel Friday at 8 p.m.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES 2010 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (10/30/10)
The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced seeds and pairings for the 2010 PAC Championship Tournaments in the sports of men's & women's soccer and women's volleyball. All three tournaments will take place on campus sites next week, with all three PAC champions earning automatic bids to the 2010 NCAA Division III playoffs, which begin the week of November 8.
 

HOZAK, SWEARINGEN HIT COACHING MILESTONES (9/29/10)

A pair of PAC volleyball head coaches posted milestone victories this week. Saint Vincent coach Sue Hozak posted her 500th career win Tuesday night at Grove City, while Westminster mentor Tammy Swearingen tallied her 400th career victory with a three-set home win over Chatham Saturday.

 

THOMAS MORE PICKED TO REPEAT IN 2010 POLL (8/31/10)
Thomas More has been picked to repeat as PAC volleyball champions in 2010, according to a preseason poll of league volleyball coaches. The Saints, led by head coach John Spinney, garnered seven of 10 possible first place votes to finish with 87 points in the poll. After Thomas More, 2009 PAC runner-up Thiel was predicted to finish second, receiving the other three first place votes and 79 points overall. Rounding out the preseason poll are Saint Vincent (70), Westminster (61), Bethany (49), Washington & Jefferson (39), Grove City (30), Waynesburg (23), and Chatham (12). Geneva, an NCAA Division III provisional member, was picked to go 12-6 against PAC teams in 2010.
 

2010 PAC PREVIEW: TMC SPIKERS LEAD THE WAY (8/27/10)
PAC volleyball has been controlled at the top by two programs the past four years, with Thomas More (2006, '09) and Westminster (2007, '08) each capturing a pair of conference titles. Last year, the top-seeded Saints won the crown with a three-set sweep of upstart Thiel, who earned the second seed. Among the programs set to challenge the defending champions in 2010 is Saint Vincent, in its first year of NCAA D-III eligibility after posting a couple of ECAC titles during its provisional membership period. The 2010 PAC Volleyball Preview is now online, along with the 2010 PAC volleyball composite schedule, while the preseason coaches poll will be released early next week.


Volleyball Preview
Volleyball Schedule
Volleyball Release
Volleyball Statistics
2011 Volleyball Championships
2011 Volleyball Postseason Awards

2012 STANDINGS
(as of September 18)

School

PAC

 

Overall

Geneva 4-0   11-2
Bethany 3-0   11-3
Westminster 3-0   8-3
Thomas More 2-0   9-4
Thiel 2-0   7-4
Grove City 4-2   7-5
Washington & Jefferson 1-4   6-5
Waynesburg 1-5   3-8
Saint Vincent 0-3 5-7
Chatham 0-6   0-7
 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 19

Saint Vincent at Thiel*, 7 p.m.

RECENT SCORES & RESULTS

Tuesday, September 18

Westminster 3, Waynesburg 1*
Grove City 3, W&J 2*

Pitt-Greensburg 3, Chatham 2

Bethany 3, Franciscan 0

Mount Union 3, Geneva 1

 

Monday, September 17
Saint Vincent 3, Mount Aloysius 0

 

Saturday, September 15

Thiel at Allegheny Tourn.

   Thiel 3, Allegheny 0

   Thiel 3, Case Western Reserve 2

Westminster 3, Grove City 0*

Grove City 3, Saint Vincent 1*

Westminster 3, Saint Vincent 0*

Bethany 3, Waynesburg 0*

Bethany 3, Chatham 0*

Waynesburg 3, Chatham 0*

Thomas More 3, Wash. & Jeff. 0*

Thomas More 3, Franklin 0

Wash. & Jeff. 3, Franklin 0

 

Friday, September 14

Thiel at Allegheny Tourn.

   Thiel 3, Frostburg St. 0

   Thiel 3, Penn St.-Behrend 0

September 17

Kelly Barzak, senior, Thiel

 

September 10

Deanna Briody, junior, Geneva

September 3

Emily Rosati, junior, Saint Vincent