BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team posted a 1-1 record in the Bryn Mawr College Tri-Match on Saturday, losing to Immaculata 3-0 (25-20, 29-27, 25-23) and rebounding in the second match to knock off the host Owls in four sets (25-16, 25-18, 15-25, 25-23).
Alexis Nakos racked up a career-high eight kills on 15 attempts in the opening match against the Mighty Macs, while Jenessa Lombardi recorded 17 assists. Chloe Levan and Lex Juritsch paced the defensive effort with 19 and 15 digs, respectively.
The opening set was close at the beginning, but Immaculata would slowly start to pull away and lead by as many as seven points (23-16). Bryn Athyn closed within four on multiple occasions.
Bryn Athyn controlled the early stages of set two, leading 11-7 after back-to-back kills from Lombardi and Nakos. After the Mighty Macs rallied to go up 14-13, the Lions took advantage of four straight Immaculata errors to reclaim a three-point lead (17-14). With Immaculata leading 24-21, a Nakos kill started a run of four straight points to put the Lions ahead 25-24. Immaculata won the set with consecutive points to break a 27-all tie.
The Lions erased a 6-0 Mighty Mac lead with six points in a row to level the third set at six. Trailing 11-9, Nakos recorded three kills during a 7-0 run to put Bryn Athyn up 16-11. Bryn Athyn remained in front until Immaculata ran off first straight points to go from 23-20 down to win the set 25-23 and the match.
Devyn Crowder had eight kills and 10 digs to lead Immaculata.
In the second match of the day, Briana Cliney had a match-high 10 kills, while Hannah Dewees and Nakos both added eight kills. Lombardi recorded 25 assists and 12 digs. It was Lombardi's ninth career double-double and Cliney's fifth career match with at least 10 kills.
Bryn Athyn controlling the opening set from the jump as the Lions got out to a 7-1 lead. The lead reached 23-11 when Cliney and Dewees blocked an Olivia Harkins-Finn attack to cap a run of seven straight points.
The first half of set two belonged to Bryn Mawr as the Owls led by five multiple times. With Bryn Athyn down 16-11, the Lions—behind four kills from Cliney and three from Dewees—rattled off 14 of the final 16 points to go up 2-0.
Bryn Athyn struggled in the third set, hitting -0.188 compared to .045 for Bryn Mawr. A Lombardi kill snapped an 11-all tie and started a 5-0 Lion run to put them up 16-11. The Owls made one push to keep themselves in the match as they cut the Lion lead from 22-17 to 24-23. However, Alliana Brock's third and final kill of the match gave the Lions the win.
After playing four matches in the last five days, Bryn Athyn will get four days off before traveling to Wesley for a non-conference match on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.