BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – In its final tune-up before conference play, the Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-10, 25-22) loss to visiting Gwynedd Mercy University Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House.
Briana Cliney led the Bryn Athyn offense with 11 kills on 29 attacks and added a pair of service aces and two block assists. Lex Juritsch and Hannah Dewees had identical stat lines with nine kills and 14 digs each.
The Lions and Griffins (9-7) were very even during the opening stages of the first set. The teams would be deadlocked five times and neither team would lead by more than two over the first 21 points. With Bryn Athyn leading the set 11-10, Gwynedd Mercy went on a 9-1 surge to take a 19-12 advantage. The Lions wouldn't get closer than six points the rest of the way.
Set two was all Bryn Athyn as the Lions would hold a nine-point lead multiple times. The key to the set was a 10-3 outburst that took a slim 7-6 lead and blew it up to a comfortable 17-9 advantage. Cliney recorded two of her three set-two kills in the run, while Dewees added two service aces.
Gwynedd Mercy opened up a 9-1 lead to open the third set and never looked back as the Griffins took a 2-1 lead in sets. The Griffins had 12 kills in the set and helped themselves out at the service line with six aces.
In the final set, Gwynedd Mercy broke a 16-all tie with three straight points to move ahead 19-16. Bryn Athyn closed the gap to one on multiple occasions. With the Lions within 20-19, the Griffins went on a 4-1 mini-run to take a 24-20 lead.
Liz Schule paced Gwynedd Mercy with 12 kills, while Madelyn Mosser added 10 kills. Bridget McTanmey contributed 35 assists and 21 digs.
Bryn Athyn (2-9) gets Colonial States Athletic Conference play underway on Thursday, Oct. 3 when the Lions host Clarks Summit at 7 p.m.