MEDIA, Pa. -- The Penn State Brandywine won for the fourth time in as many matches to begin the year as the Lions bested Bryn Athyn 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 25-21) on Thursday night.
Halee Kusner (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) and Nikki Poissant (Aston, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) combined for 34 kills as Kusner collected a season-high 17 and Poissant delivered 16. Poissant also registered 13 digs and five aces, while Nicolette Napoleon (Springfield, Pa./Penn Charter) added nine kills and four digs.
Setter Sullivan Stark (Middletown, Del./William Penn) set career bests with 49 assists and 11 digs. Emily Battista (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) recorded 12 digs, while Rikelle Taylor (Nottingham, Pa./Solanco) tallied four blocks (two solo), along with six kills.
After trailing 5-2 early, Brandywine rallied to take a 9-8 lead following a Bryn Athyn error and would stay in front for the remainder of the first set, winning 25-20.
The Lions appeared in control of the second set as they held a 23-21 edge, but Bryn Athyn rattled off four consecutive points to even the match.
Neither team led by more than three points during a back-and-forth third set. Brandywine faced three-straight set points, but a kill from Poissant and three consecutive kills by Kusner gave the Lions the set and a 2-1 lead.
The fourth set was tied at 11, but Brandywine collected nine of the next 12 points to take a commanding 20-14 edge and finished off Bryn Athyn with back-to-back kills from Poissant and Kusner.
Brandywine (4-0) hosts a tri-match on Saturday with contests against Penn College (11:00 am) and Hood College (3:00 pm).
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October 31, 2016 Volleyball Begins PSUAC Title Defense Tuesday At Rec Hall
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October 21, 2016 Albright Tops Brandywine In Final Regular-Season Match
October 16, 2016 Lions Sweep At Schuylkill; Secure No. 2 Seed In PSUAC Tournament
October 12, 2016 Poissant Claims Third Player Of The Week Award
October 12, 2016 Brandywine Falls On Senior Night
October 6, 2016 Brandywine Tops Bryn Athyn 3-1
October 5, 2016 Stark Lands USCAA Weekly Honor
October 4, 2016 Brandywine Completes Season Sweep Of Lehigh Valley
October 2, 2016 Lions Split At New Kensington; PSUAC Winning Streak Ends At 27
October 1, 2016 Brandywine Sweeps Beaver And GA At PSUAC Quad
September 27, 2016 PSUAC Names Poissant Player Of The Week
September 27, 2016 Brandywine Eases To Victory Over Schuylkill
September 24, 2016 Lions Drop A Pair At Rutgers-Camden
September 21, 2016 Brandywine Rallies Past Mont Alto In Five-Set Thriller
September 18, 2016 Brandywine Closes Out Dig Pink With Victories Over Wilkes Barre, Scranton
September 17, 2016 Lions Open Dig Pink Weekend With Two Wins
September 15, 2016 Volleyball Hosts Dig Pink This Weekend
September 14, 2016 Sullivan Stark Named PSUAC Setter Of The Week
September 12, 2016 Berks Downs Brandywine In Straight Sets
September 10, 2016 Lions Split Home Tri-Match With Penn College, Hood
September 8, 2016 Brandywine Remains Unbeaten With Victory Over Bryn Athyn
September 3, 2016 Lions Take Two At Bryn Mawr Tri-Match
September 1, 2016 Brandywine Holds Off Rosemont For 3-0 Win
August 31, 2016 Fall Sports Kickoff Thursday At Brandywine