BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Briana Cliney recorded a career-best 17 kills for the Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team in a tightly-contested 3-1 loss (26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23) to Ursinus College in the final match of the Bryn Athyn Tri-Match Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.
Cliney who posted her 17 kills on a career-high 36 attempts and ended the match with a .389 hitting percentage. The 17 kills are the most in a match by a Bryn Athyn women's volleyball player since Taylor Davis had 20 kills in a five-set match against the University of Valley Forge on Sept. 1, 2016.
Hannah Dewees notched a double-double for the second straight match, the fifth of her career, with 14 kills and a career-high 19 digs.
The Lions had one of their best offensive matches, posting a season-high 49 kills and their second-best hitting percentage of the season at .187.
Bryn Athyn was in control for most of the first set thanks to a quick 5-0 lead. The Lions momentarily lost the lead after a run of five straight Bear points gave Ursinus a 15-12 lead. Bryn Athyn got the lead back with a 4-0 run, that included kills from Lombardi and Dewees, that made the score 21-18. The teams would then go back and forth trading the lead until Ursinus broke a 24-all tie with consecutive points to win the set.
Ursinus would erase a 7-4 Bryn Athyn lead in the beginning of set two by running off five straight points to move ahead by two (9-4). After the Lions tied the set at 9, the Bears scored the next three points to take a 12-9 advantage. The Lions fought back to pull within one point multiple times, but couldn't reclaim the lead allowing the Bears to go up 2-0.
Bryn Athyn overcame a 17-11 deficit by using a 14-3 run to claim the third set. The Lions only had four kills during the surge—two from Cliney and one each from Dewees and Alliana Brock. Levan had two service aces and Lombardi added one. The other seven points came off out Ursinus errors.
The teams were very even in a fourth set that featured nine ties and four lead changes. The set was level at 20 when the Bears scored three straight points to go ahead 23-20. Back-to-back Ursinus attack errors allowed Bryn Athyn to claw within 23-22. The Lions couldn't get any closer as the Bears won two of the final three points.
Ursinus (4-6) was led by Rachael Girard's match-high 20 kills and 12 digs. Luca Walborn added 39 assists and 16 digs.
Bryn Athyn (2-7) now has 10 days off before returning to action against Penn State Abington on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Asplundh Field House at 7 p.m.