ASTON, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team was back in action on Wednesday night with their final non-conference contest of the season. The Owls traveled over to Neumann to take on a very strong Knights squad. Despite a strong effort from Bryn Mawr, it was the hosts who pulled away in the end, surviving a second-set challenge from the Owls to ultimately claim a 3-0 win. Sienna Burnett led Bryn Mawr with seven kills on the night, while Jane Rand and Nicole Wood led the way with eight assists apiece for the Owls. Neumann was led by a 15-kill performance from Melanie Malseed.
The Owls got off to a solid start in the first set, matching Neumann kill-for-kill in the early going. The Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but a kill from Jess DeJoie got Bryn Mawr on the board, and then two kills from Jessie Zong and an error by Neumann brought the Owls within one at 4-5. Neumann put together another three-point run to pull back ahead, but Bryn Mawr responded in kind with a great series of their own. Camille Baechler tallied her first kill of the night to start that run, and then Nicole Wood posted an ace and a Neumann attack error made it 7-8. Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr could get in the set, as Neumann closed out the frame with an impressive 17-2 run. A service error from the Knights and another kill from Zong would be the lone remaining points Bryn Mawr would score in the set, and Neumann was able to claim a 25-9 win of the set.
The second set was a much more competitive affair, as Bryn Mawr rebounded nicely from their tough start. The Owls took a quick lead on a service ace from Jane Rand. Neumann then jumped ahead 7-1, but a timeout from the Owls helped stop that rally and get Bryn Mawr back in the set. Kira Ogoshi tallied her first kill of the evening, and then two Neumann errors made it 4-7. Later, Wood tallied a kill and Sienna Burnett ripped two more, getting the Owls within 7-11.The Knights were able to extend their lead back out to 14-8, but a 5-1 run helped get the Owls right back in the set. Rand started things off with a kill and another service ace, and later Zong blasted another kill and posted a service ace of her own to make it a 13-15 game. Neumann vaulted back ahead by a 20-14 margin, but Bryn Mawr would not give up the fight. Three Knights errors and another thundering kill from Burnett on a great assist by Rand made it 18-20. Later, that same pattern repeated, as three more Neumann errors and another Burnett kill tied the set up at 22-all. The Knights momentarily regained the lead on a Bryn Mawr service error, but the Owls got that point right back on yet another massive kill from Burnett. However, Neumann did just enough in the end to hold on a claim the set, winning the final two points of the frame to win 25-23.
That tough loss of the second set seemed to have a tough impact on the Owls in the third set. Jessie Zong and Sienna Burnett each tallied kills in that frame, but Bryn Mawr had to rely on Neumann errors for the rest of their scoring in the set. That proved to be not enough, as the Knights played relatively clean en route to a 25-7 win of the third set and a 3-0 win in the match.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action this weekend at home. The Owls will return to Centennial Conference play in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Saturday with a 1:00 PM tilt against Franklin & Marshall.