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Lions sweep Wilson to reach CSAC Tournament semifinals

Lions sweep Wilson to reach CSAC Tournament semifinals

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. --  The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team played its first postseason game in program history Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House and, thanks to a balanced offensive attack, earned a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) victory over Wilson College in the first round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament.

With the victory, Bryn Athyn—the fourth seed in the field—improves to 9-12 overall and will face the top-seeded College of Notre Dame (Md.) in the semifinal round of the CSAC Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Baltimore.

Fifth-seeded Wilson ends the 2018 season at 7-13.

The Lions—who defeated the visiting Phoenix twice in a four-day span—had five players with at least five kills, led by Hannah Dewees' nine kills. Dewees also had a match-high 14 digs. Amber Wood and Clayshonia Cogmon each registered six kills, while Lex Juritsch and Allaina Brock racked up five kills apiece.

Jenessa Lombardi finished up with her sixth double-double of the season with 24 assists and 13 digs. Chloe Levan and Juritsch both added 11 digs.

Bryn Athyn's offense led the Lions to the set-one victory as they posted match highs with 12 kills and a .189 attack percentage in the set. The Lions used a 9-3 run midway through the set to break a 9-all tie and move ahead 18-12 on a Dewees kill. After Cogmon slammed down a kill to widen the gap to 22-14, Wilson charged back with five consecutive points to make it a 22-19 score. Wood stopped the Wilson momentum with a kill and allowed Bryn Athyn to win the set.

A Brock kill in the second set started a run of three straight Lion points and gave Bryn Athyn a 17-14 advantage. Wilson closed the gap to two (23-21), but Bryn Athyn used a Phoenix error and another Brock kill to take set two.

The Lions made a surge of four straight points to snap a 9-9 deadlock and open up a 13-9 lead on a Phoenix attack error. With Bryn Athyn leading by four, Wilson ran off four straight points to level the score at 18. Bryn Athyn would find itself trailing 23-22 late in the set, but regained a 24-23 lead thanks to consecutive Wilson errors. After a Wilson timeout, Dewees ended the match with her ninth kill.

Tioleaoauli Posuilai paced Wilson with eight kills, 15 assists, and 14 digs. Madison Coy, Tia Jones, and Hanna Quarry had five kills each.