Bryn Mawr Prevails Over Nittany Lions In 3-1 Win

Nicole Wood serves during a September 2018 match

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr Owls picked up a big win over Penn State Brandywine on Wednesday night, in part behind Nicole Wood's second triple-double of the season. Wood led the team with 17 kills on the night, while Camille Baechler posted a season-high 13 kills of her own. Wood also chipped in 18 assists and 12 digs. Jane Rand netted a double-double of her own, recording 21 assists and 14 digs, while Kira Ogoshi and Casandra Paiz led the Owls with 17 digs apiece. Penn State Brandywine was led by an eight-kill performance from Lauren Kelly.

Bryn Mawr got off to a hot start in the opening set of tonight's contest, running out to an 8-2 lead early on. Baechler and Wood started the scoring off with back-to-back kills, and then each went on to add another kill during that run. Then, a kill from Jessie Zong on a great set by Jane Rand gave the Owls their 8-2 advantage. Penn State Brandywine weathered the early storm though, ultimately managing to come back within two thanks to a kill and several Owls mistakes. Bryn Mawr never relented, however, maintaining their lead the entire way through the set. The Owls would take a 17-13 lead after a run of several Nittany Lions errors paired with another kill from Baechler. The visitors got all the way back within one thanks to a three-point run, but Wood put a stop to that rally with another kill of her own. From there, the Owls won seven of the next 11 points to close out the set. Bryn Mawr capped off the frame with three straight points from their three first-year starters. Wood posted yet another kill, and then Jane Rand tallied a service ace before Penelope Newall handed Bryn Mawr the 25-20 win of the set with a big kill of her own.

In the second set, it was Penn State Brandywine who took the early lead, but Bryn Mawr immediately responded and made it an 8-7 Owls advantage. Three Nittany Lions kills and an attack error from the Owls helped Penn State edge out to an 11-8 cushion, but then the Bryn Mawr offense really came to life. Sienna Burnett slammed home a big kill, followed by two from Newall and two more from Baechler. Later, their lead grew to 17-13 on an ace from Paiz, but Brandywine answered right back, as three straight Owls errors and then a kill from the Nittany Lions tied the set up at 17-all. However, Bryn Mawr would tighten things up on both sides of the ball and close out the frame. The Owls allowed Penn State Brandywine to win just two more points in the set, while posting three kills and an ace over the final stretch to win 25-19

The Owls would have loved to close out the match in straight sets, but that would not be the case on this night. Despite jumping out to a solid start thanks to back-to-back kills from Baechler and another from Wood, Bryn Mawr would immediately give up their advantage and ultimately lose the third set by a score of 25-18. Despite that setback, the Owls would not relent from their pursuit to take the win of the match. Bryn Mawr would rebound very well in the fourth set, coasting their way to an easy 25-14 win to take the W. The Owls tallied 10 kills in the frame and just six errors, while Penn State Brandywine commited a match-high eight errors in the set. Wood tallied the final five kills of the set for Bryn Mawr, and she derservingly closed out the match with the final point, a beautiful serve that popped up high and came down just over the net, catching the Brandywine players completely off guard and handing Bryn Mawr the 3-1 win on the night.

With the win, the Owls move to 4-4 on the season and have already won more matches than they did in either of the past two seasons. They will look to keep the positive momentum rolling this weekend when they face off against Johns Hopkins in their first Centennial Conference match of the year.