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Lions to clash with Notre Dame (Md.) in CSAC Tournament semifinal on Thursday night

Lions to clash with Notre Dame (Md.) in CSAC Tournament semifinal on Thursday night

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – After picking up a victory in its first-ever postseason contest, the Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team will travel to the College of Notre Dame (Md.) for a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Baltimore.

Bryn Athyn improved to 9-12 overall after defeating Wilson for the second time in four days, 3-0, in the first round of the CSAC Tournament on Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House. The Lions used a balanced attack with five players with at least five kills, led by Hannah Dewees' nine kills. Jenessa Lombardi recorded 24 assists and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.

Notre Dame (23-4), the CSAC top seed, finished the regular season with a 3-0 win at Cairn on Oct. 27. Kayleigh Davis had a match-high 13 kills and Alyssa Kerns posted 10 kills and five total blocks. Sara Few added 29 assists and 12 digs.

Bryn Athyn and Notre Dame are meeting for the third time with the Gators leading the series, 2-0. The teams last played on Oct. 24 at Notre Dame, a 3-0 win for the host Gators. Hannah Dewees and Amber Wood had six kills each for Bryn Athyn, while Alyssa Kerns and Michaila Sheedy led Notre Dame with 12 kills apiece.

The only other meeting between the schools came on Sept. 1, 2012 with Notre Dame picking up a 3-0 win.

Bryn Athyn is 6-6 away from Asplundh Field House, 5-5 in true road games, this season. The Lions are third in the conference in hitting percentage (.135) and service aces per set (2.62), and fourth in kills per set (9.30).

Hannah Dewees—an All-CSAC honorable mention pick—has set career highs in kills (196), attack percentage (.123), service aces (30), and digs (166). She is ranked sixth in the CSAC in kills per set (2.76).

Jenessa Lombardi has posted 469 assists, the third-highest total in program history and the most since Abi Anderson had 539 in 2015. The All-CSAC honorable mention setter is third in the conference with 6.51 assists per set. She recorded her team-leading sixth double-double of the year in the Lions' most recent win over Wilson.

Libero Chloe Levan climbed to third on the Bryn Athyn list for digs in a single season with 256. After a 14-dig performance against Wilson, Lex Juritsch now has a career-high 242 digs. Levan is third in the CSAC with 4.53 digs per set, while Juritsch is eighth at 3.32.

Notre Dame enters Thursday night's matchup having won nine consecutive matches and only dropping four sets during the run. The Gators are 11-1 at home in 2018 with the only loss coming on Oct. 2 against St. Mary's College of Maryland—the last loss before going on the nine-game winning streak.

The Gators lead the CSAC in hitting percentage (.168), assists per set (9.89), kills per set (10.93), and service aces per set (3.60).

The Gators had five players named to the All-CSAC team, led by CSAC player of the year and first-team selection Sarah Sweet. Sweet—who hasn't played since Oct. 13—is first in the CSAC in service aces per set (1.03), second in kills per set (3.49), and seventh in hitting percentage (.208).  Fellow first-team pick Kayleigh Davis sits ninth in the league with 2.53 kills per set and seventh with .59 aces per set.