|Asbury (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#5 Kayla Morlan - 14||Kills||#19 Mariah Dunlop - 7|
|2 Players (#5,#18) - 2||Blocks||#10 Hope Burnett - 5|
|#1 Bailee Settle - 25||Digs||#2 Rheagan Kean - 19|
|#15 Katie Billman - 3||Aces||#19 Mariah Dunlop - 2|
|Asbury (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
Dayton, Tenn. – It was a slow start for the Bryan College Lions Volleyball Team on the final day of the 3rd Annual Bryan Bash as they met with River States Conference opponent Asbury University (Ky.) for the second game on Saturday. Asbury got in rhythm early on with comfortable 25-13 and 25-12 wins through the first two sets, but the home team would make a stand in the third as the Lions sent the match to a fourth set, winning the third 25-22. Despite the Lions keeping a close watch most of the final set, it was the Eagles who flew away victorious 25-20 for the 3-1 decision. The loss dropped Bryan to 1-2, while Asbury improved to 2-1 with their only loss coming to Southeastern University (Fla.) 3-1, who also remain the only unbeaten team so far in the Bryan Bash.
Five unanswered points by the Eagles set the tone as the first set got underway. A kill by Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ), set error from Asbury, and kill by Anna Owens (FR/Thompsons Station, Tenn.) would bring the Lions the closest they would get to the Eagles for the rest of the set at 6-3. Asbury rallied for an 11-5 lead, then 17-7, and wouldn't allow Bryan into double-digits until 18-10. The Eagles capped the first set with a 7-3 run, ending 25-17 and up 1-0.
Once again, in the second set the Lions were unable to control a lead as the Eagles pieced together a 9-4 advantage. Asbury ended all hopes of Bryan with a 7-0 run for a 16-4 difference. Trailing 24-9, the Lions tallied three more points before the Eagles went ahead 2-0 after a second set score of 25-12.
The tables turned for Bryan as the third set unfolded with Asbury never seeing the lead and the Lions racing for a 12-6 advantage. Even with a slightly large separation, the deficit grew smaller as Bryan struggled to close the set. Out in front 20-10, the Lions allowed the Eagles to complete a 6-0 run to cut the difference to 20-16. Bryan applied pressure after Asbury had a service error, Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) stuffed an attempted kill by an Eagle, and Asbury handed over two attack errors. Needing only one point at 24-17, the Lions were challenged as the Eagles notched six straight points for a 24-22 score. After a long rally, it was Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) who connected with Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) who put away the set-winning kill, 25-22, and bringing the match score to 2-1.
Both sides only saw 14 tie-points throughout the match, and nine occurred on the last set. The momentum from the third-set victory followed the Lions into the fourth as they lead until the midway point, but the Eagles managed to level the score 11-11. Bryan and Asbury took turns controlling the lead, and the Lions let the Eagles slip away with three points after 18-18 to go ahead 21-18, proving the difference maker. Asbury went on to take the last set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
The Eagles got the edge in attacks 51-27 and attack percentage .206 compared to the Lion's .058. The kills' leader for Bryan was Dunlop who tallied seven, and Owens followed close behind with six. Dunlop also aided in digs with 13, but it was Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) who recorded a team-high 19 digs. Salas also produced double-digit digs, wrapping up with 10 while guiding the group with a team-best 14 assists. Burnett made noise at the net with four block assists and one solo rejection. Other Lions to mention are Hicks who had five kills and Jennifer Keck (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) who dished up seven assists.
Bryan will face-off with University of Pikeville (Ky.) for their last action in the Bryan Bash with tipoff slated for 4pm (Aug. 26).
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