HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team kicked off their season earlier Friday at the Route 42 Classic in central Virginia. Playing in the ultra-competitive multi-team tournament for the second straight season, it was always going to be a challenging way to open the year, but the Owls certainly acquitted themselves well in the season-opener. Bryn Mawr took on a strong Lynchburg squad on Friday evening, and though the Owls took a 3-0 loss on the day, there were still some positives to be found for Bryn Mawr.
Lynchburg jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the opening set, but first-year Sydney Collins got the Owls their first kill of the season to put a stop to that rally. Later, several errors from the Hornets helped give Bryn Mawr some momentum, and the Owls ran off four straight points including two kills from fellow first-year Allison Mead. Mead would pick up two more kills as the set went on, but it wasn't quite enough to get the Owls back in the frame, as Lynchburg ultimately collected a 25-11 win in the opener.
Bryn Mawr kept the second set close early, thanks in part to some strong play from Jane Rand. The sophomore tallied a big kill to get the Owls on the board, and then she served up an ace on the ensuing point. More Lynchburg errors would keep Bryn Mawr in the game; in fact, the Owls earned just one more kill from Collins over the rest of the set. It was still a closer contest than the first frame, however, as Bryn Mawr played some really tremendous defense in what would be a tough 14-25 loss of the set.
The third frame turned out to be the closest of the three, although a strong start from Lynchburg helped the Hornets get off to a 16-5 lead. Rand notched three more service aces to help put together a five-point run and get the Owls back in the set, though, and a few more errors from their opponents helped Bryn Mawr cut their deficit to eight. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to bring the Owls all the way back, and ultimately Lynchburg hung on to claim a 25-16 win and take a 3-0 victory in the match.
The Owls will be right back in action on Saturday morning for the conclusion of the Route 42 Classic. Bryn Mawr will open the day by taking on Mary Baldwin, and then they'll cap off the season-opening tournament with a match against hosts Eastern Mennonite. Be sure to check back in at GoBrynMawr.com tomorrow for a full look at the day's results!