PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team suffered a pair of 3-0 losses to host University of Valley Forge (25-11, 25-14, 25-19) and Gwynedd Mercy University (25-14, 25-22, 25-17) Tuesday afternoon.
In the opener against Valley Forge, Hannah Dewees (Bryn Athyn, Pa./ANC Girls School) led the Lions with a match-high eight kills, seven digs, and three assists. Alexis Juritsch (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) recorded a team-high 17 digs, while Amber Wood (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) tallied six assists and a pair of service aces.
Wood opened the match with consecutive aces to get the Lions out to a quick 2-0 lead. Valley Forge came right back with five straight points to move ahead by three (5-2). After the Lions closed to gap to 5-4 on an Anja Weisser (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) block, the Patriots ran off 16 of the next 21 points to increase their lead to 21-9.
The second set started off just like the first with Bryn Athyn getting the first two points and Valley Forge scoring the next five. Led by a Wood kill—one of three she had during the match—the Lions rattled off three straight points to tie the set at five. The Patriots broke the deadlock with a 12-4 run to open up a 17-9 cushion. Three straight Patriot attack errors brought the Lions back within 17-12. Valley Forge scored five points in a row and went up by 10 (22-12).
A 4-0 run, capped by kills from Dewees and Weisser, during the early stages of the final set gave Bryn Athyn a 6-4 lead. With the Lions leading 14-13, Valley Forge took control of the final set by going on a 10-1 surge to take a 23-15 advantage.
Dewees paced Bryn Athyn once again during the second match against the Griffins with seven kills and four digs. Wood recorded 11 assists to tie her season high and eight digs. Weisser posted a team-high nine digs.
Gwynedd Mercy scored the first six points of the match to set up the set-one victory. Bryn Athyn would get as close as 6-2, but Gwynedd Mercy came right back to earn 10 of the 15 points to increase its lead to 16-7.
In set two, Bryn Athyn erased a 21-15 deficit with a 7-0 run, which included five Gwynedd Mercy errors, to take a 22-21 lead. After trading points, Gwynedd Mercy scored the final three points to steal the set.
In the final set, an 11-1 Griffin run was the difference as it turned a one-point Gwynedd Mercy advantage into an 11-point gap (18-7). The Lions pulled with 19-13 on a Clayshona Cogman (Chester, Pa./STEM Academy) kill.
Bryn Athyn (0-6) returns home to face Penn State Berks in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.