BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team went to five sets for the first time this season and came up just shy of pulling out a victory, falling 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 15-10) to Penn State Abington in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) match Wednesday night in Asplundh Field House.
Hannah Dewees recorded a team-high nine kills, 11 digs, and two aces for the Lions. Alexis Juritsch racked up seven kills, a team-best 16 digs, and two service aces. Amber Wood contributed 21 assists and eight digs.
Bryn Athyn trailed 17-9 in the opening set after Abington went on a 9-2 run to open up the eight-point margin. Behind one kill from four different players and a service ace from three Lions, Bryn Athyn rattled off 11 of the next 14 points to even the set at 20. Anja Weisser led the charge with two kills and an ace, while Clayshona Cogmon had one kill and one ace. After Abington reclaimed the lead on a Bryn Athyn attack error, Bryn Athyn—who hit .304 in the set—won the opener with a 5-1 to close it out.
The Nittany Lions never trailed as they won set two to tie the match at one. Abington took control of the set with a 17-5 surge, which included three Tiffany Watson kills, to take an 18-6 advantage. Bryn Athyn got as close an 18-9 thanks to three straight Abington errors.
In set three, Bryn Athyn was facing a 23-14 deficit and didn't have a kill in the set at that point. Then, Dewees slammed down a kill to spark a run of 11 straight points that allowed the Lions to come from behind and claim the set. Dewees had four kills during the surge, including one on set point, while Lydia Langlotz added one. Abington committed six attack errors to assist Bryn Athyn in the run.
Set four was similar to set two with Abington not playing from behind and taking a 12-point advantage (24-12). Bryn Athyn was within 15-10 before Abington won nine of the next 11 points to take the 12-point cushion.
With Bryn Athyn leading 2-1 in the final set, Abington used a 9-1 run to claim a seven-point lead (10-3). The Lions fought back with six of the following eight points to cut the gap to 12-9 on Juritsch kill. Abington scored three of the final four points and closed out the match.
Andia Anderson had a match-high 16 kills and a .333 attack percentage for the Nittany Lions (7-9, 3-1 NEAC). Cortney Schwar recorded 25 assists, while Cori Watson added 20 digs and seven aces.
Bryn Athyn (1-13, 0-6 NEAC) returns to action on Monday, Oct. 9 with a non-conference match against Penn State Brandywine at 7 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.