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Balanced offense leads Lions to CSAC-opening sweep of Clarks Summit

Balanced offense leads Lions to CSAC-opening sweep of Clarks Summit

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's volleyball team is off to a 1-0 start in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) play after turning in their best performance of the season so far, sweeping Clarks Summit 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-15) in the conference opener Thursday night in Asplundh Field House.

Bryn Athyn used a balance offensive attack, led by Hannah Dewees' 10 kills. Briana Cliney racked up nine kills, two service aces, and two solo blocks. Alliana Brock had seven kills, while Clayshonia Cogmon added six kills without recording an error on 10 swings.

Jenessa Lombardi posted 29 assists and four aces. Chloe Levan led the defense with 21 of the team's 57 digs.

The Lions had 16 kills in their first-set victory. With the Lions leading early on 6-5, Cogmon posted two kills during a string of five straight Bryn Athyn points that extended the lead to 11-5. Clarks Summit fought back to close the gap to 16-12, but Bryn Athyn bounced right back with five of the next six kills—three coming on Brock kills—to pull ahead by eight and end the Defenders' rally.

The second set was easily the most tightly-contested of the night as it featured 11 ties and six lead changes. Clarks Summit held a late two-point lead at 22-20. Then, Lombardi served up a pair of aces and Lex Juritsch added one of her five kills during a 4-0 run that moved the Lions ahead 24-22. Brock broke a 24-all tie with a timely kill and Juritsch closed out the set with an ace.

Bryn Athyn erased a 3-0 third-set deficit by running off nine consecutive points, led by two Cliney kills, to move ahead by six. With the lead sitting at 10-5, the Lions broke the set open with a 12-3 outburst to take a set-high 14-point advantage (22-8). Dewees led the surge with two kills and one ace. Clarks Summit managed to get within 22-13 thanks to five straight points, but Cliney got Bryn Athyn back on track with a kill. The Lions won three of the final five points to close the match out.

Beth Muhlenkamp led Clarks Summit (5-15, 0-1 CSAC) with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Alexa Wagner contributed 19 assists and 11 digs.

Bryn Athyn (3-9, 1-0 CSAC) closes out its four-match home stand on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a Charter Day showdown with visiting Wilson at 1 p.m.