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Owls Split Pair at Gwynedd Mercy Tri-Match

Camille Baechler and Sienna Burnett September 2018

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team was back on the court Saturday for some non-conference action. The Owls faced off against Gwynedd Mercy and Bryn Athyn in a tri-meet, and after a tough, five-set loss in the opening game, Bryn Mawr came back and earned a split with a 3-0 win over Bryn Athyn. Sienna Burnett paced the Owls with 18 total kills on the day, while Camille Baechler added another 17.

In the opening match of the day, the Owls faced off against the hosts, Gwynedd Mercy. The Griffins got off to a fast start in the first set and never looked back, winning the opener 25-21. However, Bryn Mawr rallied back in the second set. Gwynedd Mercy got out to a 7-3 lead, but kills from Jessie Zong and Jane Rand and an ace by Nicole Wood helped spark a rally that gave the Owls an 8-7 lead. Later, kills from Jess DeJoie, Baechler, and Wood bumped the Bryn Mawr lead up to 13-10. Ultimately, Gwynedd Mercy battled all the way back to within one late in the set. A kill from Baechler gave Bryn Mawr a 23-21 lead, but the Griffins won the next point with a kill of their own. Wood answered back with another kill, getting Bryn Mawr to set point. An attack error from the Owls moemntarily sidetracked their efforts, but Sienna Burnett sealed the deal with a kill off of a great set by Wood. That 25-23 win of the set knotted the match back up at 1-1.

Gwynedd Mercy got back out on top with a 25-15 win of the second set, forcing Bryn Mawr to answer back once again. The Owls got off to a great start in the fourth set, with a kill from Baechler and an ace from Jocelyn Bravo helping Bryn Mawr seize a 4-1 lead out of the gate. The Griffins tied things back up, but a 7-1 run by the Owls put Bryn Mawr in the driver's seat. Baechler, Zong, Burnett, and Rand all tallied kills during that run, which gave Bryn Mawr an 11-5 advantage. However, the hosts ended up chipping away through the middle of the set, and by the late stages, the Griffins jumped back out in front 21-20. However, Bryn Mawr would not be denied in the set, winning the final five points to take the frame. Blocks from Bravo and Sienna Burnett and a kill from Bravo on an assist by Rand contributed to that run, and the 25-20 win helped the Owls force a decisive fifth set.

Unfortunately, the Owls were unable to break the trend and win back-to-back sets. Bryn Mawr got off to a strong start, and the set stayed tied 5-5 early on. However, a 5-0 run from the Griffins put he hosts in the driver's seat. Bryn Mawr tried to work their way back into the frame, with several errors from the Griffins and a kill by Burnett making it 8-11. However, Gwynedd Mercy won four of the next five points to ultimately close out their 3-2 win with a 15-10 victory in the fifth set.

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Bryn Mawr got a quick chance for some redemption after that early loss, as the Owls were right back on the court to take on Bryn Athyn. The Owls certainly found that, as they dominated in a three-set sweep of the Lions. It was Bryn Athyn who got off to a fast start in the first set, jumping out to a 15-9 lead midway through the set. However, Bryn Mawr stormed back, winning multiple points in a row. By the late stages of the set, the Owls held a 19-16 lead, and they closed out the frame by winning six of the final seven points.

The second set was a bit of a different story, as the Owls were in control from start to finish. Midway through, a kill from Bravo and a pair of aces from Casandra Paiz made it a 16-6 Owls lead. Sienna Burnett tallied a pair of kills, and then the Owls capped off a 25-14 win of the set on a huge block from Jess DeJoie. The third frame was a similar story, as Bryn Mawr was in control virtually the whole way. A kill from Baechler gave the Owls a 15-8 lead before Bryn Athyn started to chip away. However, Bryn Mawr never relented their advantage, with kills from Burnett and DeJoie getting the Owls to match point. Kira Ogoshi closed things out with a service ace, handing Bryn Mawr a 25-20 win in the set and a clean 3-0 win of the match.

With the split, the Owls move to 5-7 on the season. They will be right back in action on Monday night for another non-conference test. Bryn Mawr will welcome Rosemont to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Monday, with game time slated for 6 PM.