Bryn Athyn, Pa. – The Screaming Eagles beat Bryn Athyn College in three sets while falling short to Bryn Mawr College, 3-0 on Saturday.
CSE and Bryn Mawr were locked in a tight duel through most of the first set. Katie Cooper hit a backrow kill to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead early but a kill out of the middle brought the Owls back to a tie. A kill by Nicole Morera and an ace by Kiana Cunningham opened up an 11-9 lead for the Eagles.
Although the Owls broke serve, the Eagles again responded with a kill by Morera and an ace by Amy Cooper to take the largest lead of the set at 13-9.
The Owls responded well after a timeout and went on a 9-5 run punctuated by another kill out of the middle that brought them to within 1 at 19-18. After a switch of serve, a Katie Cooper ace and a Subhana Wrights kill pushed the lead to 22-19.
Bryn Mawr fought back to take the lead at 23-24 off of a number of CSE hitting errors but CSE forced the Owls into a an attack error to tie the score once again. However, 2 successful attacks by the Owls sealed the set for the Eagles at 24-26.
The second set saw the Eagles go down early 9-2 and continue trailing midway through the set by a 7-13 score. The Eagles settled into their game and pulled within 2 at 17-19 behind another Wrights’ kill. The Owls fought back with a 2 quick kills to extend the lead to 17-21 but CSE pulled within 2 again at 20-22 with Wrights pounding out another kill. CSE ran out of time though as a 3-2 run by the Owls closed the book on set two 22-25.
The final set saw the teams engage in a tight struggle as the 13-12 CSE lead indicated. The Eagles fighting to stay alive in the match went on a quick 5-1 run to seemingly take control of the set 18-13 on a blocking error on a Subhana Wrights’ attack. The Owls went on a 6-1 run of their own to take control at 20-19. A kill by Ireyah Stevens tied up the score at 20 but the Owls hit another couple of kills following an Eagle service error that pushed the Eagles against the wall at 21-24. A kill by Morera and a free ball error caused by a tough serve by K. Cooper forced another time-out as CSE were within 1 at 23-24. But that was as close as the Eagles would get as the Owls got the final kill out of the time out to win the set and match 23-25.
Wrights led the Eagle offense with 11 kills and an impressive .381 hitting%. Morera hit for 9 kills as well while teammate and captain Kareemah Muhammad led the team with 3 aces and chipped in 4 kills. K. Cooper held the team defensively with a team high 18 digs.
The Screaming Eagles played the host Bryn Athyn Lions in the second match of the day. The match was a close battle but the Eagles were able to overcome early deficits and be error free in the late stages of 3 sets to take the match in a tight fought 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 victory.
The first set was decided late as Morera pounded out a kill with the score tied at 22 to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. Two aces by A. Cooper sealed the set victory.
The second set brought much of the same. Trailing 22-20, the Lions went on a 5-0 run fueled by a key Eagle service error and 2 attack errors to come from behind and win 22-25.
The Eagles came out firing in the third set, taking an early 7-3 lead. The Lions chipped away at the lead and overcame the deficit late in the set, jumping out to a 19-16 lead behind quick transition kills.
Two kills by Cunningham followed by a Muhammad ace and a blocking Lion error gave CSE a 20-19 lead which ballooned to 22-20 after another Cunningham kill. The Lions hit for 2 kills to tie up the score but a Morera kill followed by a couple of forced errors by the Lions sealed the set for the Eagles.
The fourth set got off to an auspicious start for CSE as numerous errors aided the Lions in jumping out to an 8-4 lead. CSE settled down but the Eagles could not get a run going as the Lions stayed ahead 13-7 midway through the set. A 5-0 run by CSE fueled by two aces by A. Cooper pulled the Eagles within two after a Lion kill at 12-14.
With the teams tied at 21, the Eagles offense pounded out hit after hit that caused the Lion defense to scramble and prevented Bryn Athyn to run any quality offense. The Lion hitting errors sealed the victory for the Eagles at 25-21.
Cunningham led the team with 11 kills and Wrights added 9 kills but was a force at the net with 5 blocks. A. Cooper led the team with 5 aces and distributed 31 assists. K. Cooper led the team with 18 digs and she combined with Morera for 53/55 safe serve receptions as both players had a pass rating over two.
The Screaming Eagles face Montclair State University on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7pm.