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Lions fall twice in season-opening home tri-match

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team began its 2018 campaign with a pair of 3-0 non-conference losses to Manhattanville and New Jersey City in a home tri-match on Saturday inside Asplundh Field House.

In the opening match against Manhattanville, the visiting Valiants (3-0) claimed the match with scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-18.

Hannah Dewees led the Bryn Athyn (0-2) offense with nine kills and a .161 hitting percentage to go along with 10 digs and two service aces. Amber Wood, the Bryn Athyn setter last year, moved over to middle hitter and contributed eight kills while hitting .304.

Briana Cliney posted six kills and a .333 hitting percentage and Jenessa Lombardi had 21 assists in their Bryn Athyn debuts. Lex Juritsch had a team-high 13 digs.

In the opening set, Bryn Athyn owned an early 3-2 lead on one of five Wood kills. Then, Manhattanville rattled off five straight points to grab a 7-3 lead and never looked back—extending the gap to 17-8.

Set two saw the Lions leading 8-6 before the Valiants went on an 8-2 run to claim a 14-10 advantage. Manhattanville never trailed in the final set.

Laura Livolsi recorded a match-high 10 kills to pace Manhattanville. Sarah Camarena had 24 assists, while Monica Lopez posted 21 digs.

In the Lions' second match of the day, Bryn Athyn dropped a tightly contested three-set match, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20.

Cliney led a balanced Bryn Athyn attack as she put up seven kills on only 12 attempts. Dewees and Wood both added six kills, while Alliana Brock had five kills. Lombardi racked up 20 assists and 11 digs.

The Lions were down 21-13 in the opening set but pulled themselves back within three thanks to a 7-2 run that included a kill from Cliney and Wood and an ace from Chloe Levan. The Gothic Knights (1-1) managed to get the final two points on a pair of Stephanie Duque kills to close out the set.

Bryn Athyn set two despite committing only two attacking errors, compared to nine for the New Jersey City. A block by Brock and Wood gave the Lions a late 22-20 lead in the set. However, the Gothic Knights went on a 5-1 run to come from behind and win the set.

New Jersey City took control of the final set when the Gothic Knights broke a 12-all tie with seven of the set nine points to open up a 19-14 cushion. The Lions could only close within four during the set of the final set.

Pamela Florimon recorded a match-high 13 kills, while Duque ended with 12 kills and 13 digs.

Bryn Athyn returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 5 with a non-conference match at Penn State Schuylkill at 6 p.m.