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Volleyball drops hard-fought five-setter to King's (PA)

Volleyball drops hard-fought five-setter to King's (PA)

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Hannah Dewees recorded a career-high 18 kills for the Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team in a 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 25-14, 16-25, 16-14) non-conference loss to King's (Pa.) Thursday night in Asplundh Field House.

Dewees had a strong match for the Lions as she had a .255 hitting percentage and added 15 digs to complete her fifth double-double of 2019.

Brianna Cliney contributed 11 kills and had a .310 hitting percentage. It was the fifth time this year that Cliney had a double-figure kill total. Jenessa Lombardi notched her fifth double-double this season thanks to a 40-assist, 12-dig performance. She also had five service aces.

Lex Juritsch led the defensive effort with a team- and season-high 18 digs to go along with six kills.

The Lions were nearly flawless in the opening set, recording 13 kills and only one error. Bryn Athyn attempted to break the set open by winning four straight points to take a 10-6 lead on a Lombardi service ace. However, King's (16-3) fought its way back into the set and leveled the score at 15. With the score tied at 19, Dewees recorded a kill that started a 6-2 surge that gave the Lions the set-one win. Four different Lions had a kill and Allaina Brock added an ace during the run.

King's wasted no time getting away from Bryn Athyn in set two as the Monarchs scored 13 of the first 18 points. The Lions got back into the set thanks to a 6-1 run that made the score 14-11 on a Cliney kill. After the Cliney kill, the rest of the set belonged to King's who ended the set by outscoring Bryn Athyn 11-2.

With King's leading 4-3 early in set three, the Monarchs ran off 9 of the next 12 points to widen its advantage to 13-5. Thanks to back-to-back Lombardi aces and a King's attack error later in the set, Bryn Athyn got within 15-10. King's ended the set with an 8-2 run, including the final four points.

Bryn Athyn put together a strong fourth set to send the match to a deciding set. The Lions had 11 kills and only two errors while forcing the Monarchs into nine errors and just six kills. Bryn Athyn was ahead 14-12 when a Dewees kill sparked an 11-4 outburst that would win the set. Cliney led the surge with two blocks and a block. The Lions were helped out by five Monarch errors.

King's looked like it would cruise to a fifth-set win, opening up an 8-2 lead. Bryn Athyn fought its way back into the set, tying it at 14 on a Juritsch ace. The Monarchs broke the tie by a Becca Goldberg and Cleo Schultz and won it on final of Goldberg's match-high 21 kills.

Marta Pawka recorded 10 kills for the Monarchs, while Wiatt Hoffmann contributed 45 assists, six digs, and four kills.

Bryn Athyn (3-12) returns to Colonial States Athletic Conference play when it hosts Rosemont on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.