BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team was back in action on their home court earlier Tuesday night, as the Owls welcomed Wesley College to campus for a non-conference matchup. Despite another solid effort, including a strong 10-dig, six-kill performance from Nicole Wood, Wesley's high-powered offense proved too tough to tame on this night, as the Wolverines claimed a 3-0 victory in the match.
Wesley put the Owls in a hole early on in the first set, taking a 12-1 lead right out of the gate. A kill from Wood put a stop to that run, and then she added another a few points later to bring Bryn Mawr back to within 13-4. However, the Wolverines won 12 of the next 14 points to run away to a 25-6 win in the opening set.
Despite the tough start to the match, the Owls rebounded very well in the opening moments of the second set. Wood slammed home a kill for the first point of the set, and that helped spur Bryn Mawr on to an early lead. A pair of errors from the Wolverines and another kill and an ace from Wood gave Bryn Mawr a 5-3 advantage in the frame. Wesley began to chip away at that deficit right away, going on a six-point run to take a 9-5 lead of their own. However, the Owls were not done; a service error got Bryn Mawr the serve, and Sydney Munnerlyn went to work from behind the line. Wesley struggled to handle her serves over the next several points, leading to several errors and an ace from Munnerlyn. Later, Wood ripped home another kill and then Sydney Collins aced a serve herself to give the Owls the lead back at 11-10. Things stayed close over the next few points, with a service error from Wesley tying the set at 12-12. However, the Owls went cold from there; Wesley won the next 13 points in the set to ultimately claim a 25-12 win in the frame.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the third set was similar to the opener, in that Wesley took advantage from the start. The visitors took an early 10-3 lead, and once again Wood posted a kill to stop the bleeding. However, Wesley answered by winning the next five points to take a 15-4 lead. The two sides traded points through the rest of the frame, including two kills from Munnerlyn. However, Wesley's advantage was too large, and the visitors were able to run away to a 25-10 win to close the match.
Bryn Mawr now heads back on the road next week, as they travel to Johns Hopkins for their first Centennial Conference match of the season. The Owls will take on the Blue Jays in Baltimore next Tuesday, with gametime on the 17th set for 7:30 PM.