BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team is going back to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament semifinals for the second straight year after sweeping visiting Keystone College, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 27-25), in a first-round match Tuesday night in Asplundh Field House.
Bryn Athyn—who entered the tournament as the four seed—improves to 9-13 overall, matching its win total from last season. The Lions will travel to Baltimore to take on the regular-season champion and top seed Notre Dame (Md.) for a trip to the conference final on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
In the only regular-season meeting between the teams, the Gators swept the visiting Lions, 3-0, on Oct. 9.
Hannah Dewees and Briana Cliney—who were both named to the All-CSAC team earlier in the day—led a very balanced Bryn Athyn attack with nine kills each. Clayshonia Cogmon added six kills, while the trio of Lex Juritsch, Alliana Brock, and Jenessa Lombardi all recorded five kills each.
Dewees also recorded 15 digs in the match and Lombardi paced the team with 23 assists. Chloe Levan had a team-best 16 digs.
Bryn Athyn opened the match with its best set from an attacking standpoint, racking up 18 kills and a .341 hitting percentage. Dewees had seven of those 18 kills and Cliney chipped in with three. Despite the strong attack, Bryn Athyn found itself down 17-14 during the middle stages of the set. The Lions ran off four straight points to reclaim a one-point lead (18-17) on a Brock kill. The teams went back-and-forth trading points until the Lions strung three points together, including a kill each from Levan and Cogmon, to pull ahead 23-20. Keystone pulled within 23-22, but Bryn Athyn hung on to win the set thanks to kills from Cogmon and Juritsch.
The second set was a little easier for the Lions as they broke a 9-all tie with a 6-1 run to surge ahead 15-10. The Giants fought back and closed the gap to 20-18. However, Bryn Athyn ended the threat with the final five points of the set, including two Cliney kills and Levan ace, to be one set away from the semifinal.
In the final set, Bryn Athyn had only 11 kills, the fewest it had in a single set in the match but would be helped out by 11 Keystone errors. The closely-contested set featured 13 ties and three lead changes and the largest lead was three points—when Bryn Athyn led 19-16. After earning that three-point lead, Keystone went on a 4-1 spurt to level the score at 20. The teams took turns scoring the 11 points, two of those were match points for Bryn Athyn. With Bryn Athyn leading 26-25, Keystone committed an error to give the Lions the win.
Keystone—the fifth seed who ends its season at 7-14—got a match-high 13 kills and eight digs from Nathalie Ortiz. Amanda Hardy recorded 19 assists and six kills. Pamela Heitman tallied a match-high 22 digs.