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Lions take down Cairn, 3-1; Earn fourth seed for CSAC Tournament

Lions take down Cairn, 3-1; Earn fourth seed for CSAC Tournament
 

LANGHORNE, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team will be the fourth seed for the upcoming Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament and host a first-round game after defeating Cairn, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 26-24), in the regular-season finale Saturday.

With the victory, Bryn Athyn improves to 8-13 overall and locked down the fourth seed with a 6-3 conference record. The Lions host fifth-seed Keystone College in the first round of the conference tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Asplundh Field House. Bryn Athyn defeated Keystone 3-2 on Oct. 26 in La Plume, Pa.

Hannah Dewees and Briana Cliney led the offensive effort with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Dewees added 11 digs to complete her seventh double-double of the season. Chloe Levan led the Lions with 16 digs, while Jenessa Lombardi racked up 26 assists.

Bryn Athyn snapped an 18-all tie in the first set with three consecutive points to move ahead 21-18 on a Cliney kill. With Bryn Athyn up four and sitting on set point, Cairn attempted to rally and steal the set, stringing together three points to close within 24-23. Dewees ended the threat with her third kill of the set.

Cairn (4-20, 2-7 CSAC) never trailed in the second set as the Highlanders evened the match. It was Bryn Athyn's worst set of the match, recorded six errors and hitting a match-low .027 while Cairn had 13 kills.

The Lions got the momentum back in the third set thanks to a 10-2 run that point them ahead 14-7. Dewees led the charge with two kills and Bryn Athyn was the beneficiary of six Cairn errors. The Lion advantage reached a set-high nine points (22-13) by running off three straight points—a Dewees kill and back-to-back bad sets by the Highlanders.

Behind an 8-1 surge, the Lions erased a 10-8 deficit to take a 16-11 lead. Four different Lions recorded a kill, led by two each from Lex Juritsch and Cliney. Bryn Athyn held the lead until Cairn won five points in a row to take the lead away (24-23). However, Cairn couldn't keep the run going and committed three straight errors to give Bryn Athyn the match.

Lyntia Gwess had 13 kills and 18 digs and Allison Barnes contributed 10 kills and 17 digs for the Highlanders.