FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College volleyball team (8-11) split a tri-match with the Bryn Athyn College Lions (6-8) and the Washington College Shorewomen (14-9) Saturday at Gambrill Gymnasium.
Hood started the day with a four-set triumph over Bryn Athyn, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12, 25-20. The win was the Blazers' eighth victory of the season, which eclipsed Hood's win total from the 2010 season.
Hood rallied from a six-point deficit in the first set to tie the score at 16-16 on an ace by Amy Hagerdon. Later Morgan Huffer aced the Lions to give the Blazers a 20-19 lead, forcing Bryn Athyn to call timeout. The Blazers were relentless as Huffer served out the set and collected two more aces in the process.
The Blazers had the upperhand for the majority of the second set and held its largest lead at 15-8 after a Lion attack error. But Bryn Athyn put together a late rally to turn the tables on the Blazers. Trailing 21-19, Bryn Athyn called timeout and went on to score six unanswered points to capture the set, 25-21.
Hood dominated the third set and never trailed as Theresa Schwarzwalder served nine straight points, helping Hood assume a 16-8 lead. The Lions got no closer from that point and the Blazers took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set featured four lead changes and eight ties before the Blazers were able to pull away for good. The Blazers trailed 15-12 but ripped off nine straight points to take a 21-15 lead and kept the Lions at bay down the stretch to clinch the match. Hayley Rogers and Brittany Lethbridge blocked Cree Gurney for the final point.
Ashley Park-Brouse finished with eight kills while Huffer racked up eight aces in the win. Lethbridge registered seven kills, seven digs and three blocks and Allie Donoghue set up 15 Blazer kills. Hagerdon tallied 11 assists and three aces while Schwarzwalder had a team-high 13 digs.
In the second match, the Shorewomen swept the Blazers, 25-13, 25-14, 25-11. Lethbridge and Eshleman posted five kills apiece in defeat. Lethbridge moved into 10th place on Hood's career kills chart, now with 263 in her three seasons. Schwarzwalder was busy on the defensive end, digging out a match-high 17 balls.
The Blazers continue their five-match homestand Monday hosting Valley Forge Christian College at 7 p.m.