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Volleyball rallies from two down to win CSAC debut at Clarks Summit

Volleyball rallies from two down to win CSAC debut at Clarks Summit

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – It was a highly successful Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) debut for the Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team as the Lions overcame a 2-0 deficit to knock off Clarks Summit 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12) Wednesday night.

Hannah Dewees led the Bryn Athyn (5-8, 1-0 CSAC) offense with a match-best 16 kills and a .297 hitting percentage. She also added 12 digs to record her first double-double of the season.

Lex Juritsch contributed eight kills and 19 digs, while Briana Cliney racked up seven kills. Jenessa Lombardi added a season- and match-high 32 assists and 11 digs for her third double-double in 2018. Chloe Levan had 22 digs to lead all players.

The opening set was very even as both teams boasted a .290 hitting percentage. The difference in the set came as the service line where Clarks Summit (3-12, 0-1 CSAC) had four aces and one error, while Bryn Athyn had just one ace and two errors. The Defenders led 23-12 before the Lions went on an 8-0 run, that included three Juritsch kills, to close the gap to three.

Clarks Summit led set two from wire-to-wire and put up a .125 hitting percentage in the process. Bryn Athyn had seven attack errors compared to just five kills.

Things turned around in set three as the Lions stormed out to a 13-4 advantage. Alliana Brock and Dewees led the charge with two service aces and two kills, respectively. Clarks Summit managed to trim the Bryn Athyn advantage to 18-16, but the Lions were able to slam the door thanks to a 5-0 run that extended the gap to seven.

Bryn Athyn used a 6-1 surge to take an early 8-3 lead in the fourth. The Defenders came right back by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to move by ahead by three (13-10). After Clarks Summit pushed the gap to 18-13, Bryn Athyn—led by two Lombardi aces—went on an 8-2 surge to reclaim a one-point lead at 21-20. With the set level at 22, Bryn Athyn took the match to a final set by scoring the final three points.

The early fifth-set momentum was with Clarks Summit as the Defenders opened up a quick 3-0 lead. Bryn Athyn bounced back to take a 5-4 lead on a Dewees kill. The Lions took control of the set by rattling off five straight points to break a 6-all tie and move ahead 11-6. After Clarks Summit pulled within 14-12, Dewees clinched the match with her 16th kill. Bryn Athyn's defense played a big role in the set, holding Clarks Summit to a -0.048 hitting percentage.

Kara Brown paced Clarks Summit with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Beth Muhlenkamp had 14 kills and 21 digs.

Bryn Athyn returns to Asplundh Field House on Saturday, Sept. 29 to face Cedar Crest in a CSAC clash at 1 p.m.