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Volleyball falls to visiting Cairn in four

Volleyball falls to visiting Cairn in four

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team was defeated 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20) by Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) foe Cairn University Thursday night in Asplundh Field House.

Bryn Athyn (7-9, 3-2 CSAC) had a balanced offensive attack as three Lions reached at least 10 kills.

Amber Wood led the way with a career-high 12 kills, a .235 hitting percentage, and two block assists. Hannah Dewees and Briana Cliney each added 10 kills. Dewees also contributed nine digs, while Cliney had two solo blocks.

Jenessa Lombardi tallied 30 assists, nine digs, six kills, and a team-high three aces. Chloe Levan racked up 24 digs.

Bryn Athyn took a 21-19 in the first set on a Dewees before Cairn (6-13, 3-1 CSAC) ran off four straight points, the final two on Allison Barnes aces, to move ahead 23-22. After the Lions leveled the score at 23 on a Cairn error, the visiting Highlanders scored the final two points of the set. Cairn recorded six aces in the first set. Bryn Athyn had a 12-6 kill advantage.

The Lions stormed out to a 14-6 lead in set two thanks to a 12-4 run that included two kills each from Dewees, Cliney, and Lombardi. Cairn answered back with 10 consecutive points to move ahead 16-14. A Wood kill and Lombardi ace got the Lions back on track as Bryn Athyn tied the set at 16. The Bryn Athyn momentum was short-lived because Cairn responded with five points in a row to take a 21-16 lead.

In the third set, the Lions opened up a 17-9 lead after a 13-5 surge broke a 4-4 tie. Cliney led the charge with three kills, while Wood chipped in with two kills. Cairn scored four straight points to trim the Bryn Athyn lead to four, but a Wood kill started a 4-1 spurt that stabilized the set for the Lions.

Cairn led for a majority of the fourth set, however, Bryn Athyn rattled off seven points in a row to pull ahead 20-18. The Lions' rally would stall as the Highlanders scored the final seven points of the match.

Lyntia Gwess for 17 kills and 25 digs, both match highs, to lead Cairn. Haley Sheehan added 10 kills, while Liz White had 33 assists.

Bryn Athyn welcomes Keystone to Asplundh Field House for a CSAC match on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.