Anna Owens Puts on Offensive Show for Lions
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Bryan College volleyball team was able to turn things around Friday night when they topped the Rams of Columbia International University in four sets (25-16, 25-16, 16-25, and 25-21), improving their overall record to 10-15 and Appalachian Athletic Conference mark to 6-9. The Lions entered the match on a five-game losing streak, but with the help of on an offensive show put on by Anna Owens finishing with a team-high five aces and 14 kills and .357 attack percentage, a team-best 16 assists posted by Veronica Salas, the duo of Rheagan Kean and Macenzie Krause who led the squad with nine digs apiece, and the defensive prowess displayed by Rebecca Camacho with a whopping four solo blocks the Bryan team ended the run with an impressive AAC victory.
The only lead seen by Columbia International in the opening set was the first point, but Bryan wouldn’t let the Rams own an advantage for long as they went on the attack with and forced the home team into three errors while Owens added a put-away for four straight points. The 4-1 lead for Bryan continued to 7-3, but then Columbia International slowly chipped away at the deficit and made it a one-point game at 8-7. Then came the difference maker when the Lions left the Rams in the dust in the form of a 10-2 run, gaining a nine-point cushion at 18-9. Bryan saw a double-digit lead at 21-11 before going on and sealing set number one 25-16.
The Lions showed they meant business when the score was tied 2-2 in the second frame and pulled away from the Rams, rallying for five unanswered points to lead 7-2. The closest Columbia International would come to Bryan in the set was five points, but even that didn’t last long when the Lions battled for a 10-point difference midway through the stanza at 16-6. The gap proved too large as Bryan cruised in front of Columbia International for another 25-16 set win, achieving a 2-0 edge in the match.
The Rams managed to avoid the sweep in the third set when they tied the Lions 4-4 in the frame before getting a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered. Bryan only trailed by one at 7-6, but Columbia International sparked a 5-0 run that provided them enough momentum to collect their only set of the night with a 25-16 final.
The Lions were ready to end the match in the fourth set, but the Rams charged ahead and would make Bryan earn it as the back-and-forth bout saw 10 ties and three lead changes. Columbia International was the first with a run, registering a quick 4-1 lead. A pair of kills from Owens and an attack error committed by the Rams evened the count at 4’s, and the tied points followed at 5’s, 6’s, 8’s, and 9’s. Back-to-back errors from Columbia International allowed Bryan a glimpse of the lead at 11-9, but the Lions couldn’t claw their way to more of a separation. The Rams rattled off seven straight points, almost guaranteeing to force a fifth after going ahead 16-11, but little did they anticipate the determination from the Lions’ side. In a shocking turn of events, Bryan steadily slimmed the margin, ultimately deadlocking the score 20-20. A kill by Jennifer Keck and back-to-back aces served up by Owens were game-changers for the Lions, propelling them in front 23-20. MyKayla Hampton took an assist from Keck and rocketed a kill out of reach of the Rams, setting up Bryan in search of one more point to bring a close to the match. Columbia International grew their score to 21 before handing the Lions the set 25-21 and the match 3-1 with a service error. The loss delivered by Bryan moved Columbia International’s overall record to 11-15 and AAC record to 5-9.
The Lions are in their final five-game stretch of their regular-season, continuing at St. Andrews University (N.C.) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10am.
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