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Balanced attack leads Lions to four-set road win against Rosemont

Balanced attack leads Lions to four-set road win against Rosemont

ROSEMONT, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team had four players with at least seven kills as the Lions got back on track with a 3-1 (25-14, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22) Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) victory over host Rosemont College Thursday night.

Hannah Dewees led the Bryn Athyn (6-8, 2-1 CSAC) attack with 11 kills and nine digs. Amber Wood had a strong match as she posted a season-high nine kills, a .400 attack percentage, and two aces.

Briana Cliney racked up eight kills and a .400 attack percentage, while Lex Juritsch contributed seven kills and 14 digs.

Jenessa Lombardi had a career-match with 38 assists and 10 service aces, both career highs.

Bryn Athyn finished the match with a season-high 44 kills and their second-best hitting percentage of the year at .194. The Lions also had 19 aces.

The Lions used a 12-3 run during the opening part of the first set to storm out to a 16-6 advantage. Juritsch posted three kills during the surge, while Wood and Lombardi each added a pair of aces. Bryn Athyn's lead reached 13 when a Wood kill made the score 21-8.

Led by two more Lombardi aces, Bryn Athyn raced out to a quick 6-2 second-set lead. Four straight points later in the set, capped by a Lombardi ace, pushed the advantage to nine (16-7). Back-to-back Libby Allen aces extended the lead to a set-high 11 points (22-11). Bryn Athyn finished the set with a .261 hitting percentage and seven aces.

In the third set, Bryn Athyn never led, hit a match-low .122, and had just one service ace.

The Lions found their groove again in the final set as they had 12 kills, a match-high .267 hitting percentage, and five aces. Consecutive Wood kills capped off a 6-2 run that gave the Lions a 6-3 advantage. A run of seven straight points, including three Lombardi aces, widen the margin to 18-8. The Ravens (4-12, 0-2 CSAC) got back into the set, closing the gap to 24-22, but the Lions held them off to get the win.

Lohi Naone-Carter led Rosemont with a match-high 12 kills and 12 digs, while Holly Brady contributed 11 kills.

Bryn Athyn heads to Centenary (N.J.) for a CSAC contest on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.