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Owls Suffer Tough Losses at Rosemont

Olivia Harkins-Finn attacks a ball in fall 2019

ROSEMONT, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team headed down the road to Rosemont earlier Saturday for a pair of non-conference contests at a tri-match hosted by the Ravens. Despite an incredibly strong fight from Bryn Mawr, including forcing the second match to go the distance, the Owls ended up taking the loss in matches against Cairn and Rosemont. Sydney Collins led the way for Bryn Mawr with 15 kills on the day, while Jane Rand posted 36 total assists.

In the opening match against Cairn, Bryn Mawr got off to a slow start in the first set, as the Highlanders ran out to an early 7-0 lead. The Owls were able to fight back within three midway through the set thanks to back-to-back kills from Sydney Munnerlyn and Olivia Harkins-Finn and then an ace from Aaliyah Joseph. However, that would be as close as the Owls could get, and ultimately Cairn pulled away to win the frame 25-14.

It was the second set of the match where Bryn Mawr had the best shot to take a set from the Highlanders. Kills from Collins and DeJoie and an ace from Camille Pastrana gave Bryn Mawr a 4-3 lead early. Later, an ace from Izzy Gerosa, a kill from Alanna Mora-Mickens, and back-to-back kills from Harkins-Finn made it a 9-7 Owls advantage. After Cairn battled back to take a lead of their own, Bryn Mawr put together an 8-3 run to vault back ahead. Several errors from the Highlanders and two kills from Rand and another from Collins made it a 17-13 Bryn Mawr lead. The seesaw match continued, as the Highlanders won seven straight points to go back ahead by three. The Owls were not ready to give up just yet, however, as another kill from Collins sparked a 5-2 run for Bryn Mawr that tied the set back up late and forced the set into extra points. Unfortunately, Cairn was able to do just enough to pull away and win the frame 26-24.

With some of the wind out of the Owls' sails after that tough loss, Cairn would go on to coast away with a 25-11 win in the third set to close out the match.

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In match two of the day against Rosemont, it was the Owls who took it to their opponents early. Bryn Mawr ran out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set against the Ravens, but the hosts responded right back to take a 10-6 lead of their own. However, after a quick timeout the Owls played lights out from there, winning 12 of the next 15 points to take command in the set. Harkins-Finn, DeJoie, and Rand all tallied kills in that run to help Bryn Mawr take a 19-13 lead. Later, after the Ravens had climbed back within 22-19, a kill from Collins helped settle the Owls down, and Bryn Mawr finished out the set on a kill by Rand to take a 25-22 win in the opener.

In the second set, it was Rosemont getting out to an early 8-5 lead, but the Owls fought back to tie the set up at 10-10, and it would be a barnburner the rest of the way. A few errors from the Owls helped hand the Ravens the lead back, but Bryn Mawr promptly tied the frame back up on several errors from the Ravens and kills from Rand and Joseph. Late in the set, with Bryn Mawr trailing by two, Jess DeJoie threw down another big kill to bring the Owls within one, but an error got the Ravens to set point. However, three straight errors from Rosemont gave Bryn Mawr a 25-24 lead, and the Owls closed out the frame in style with Collins throwing down a big kill on a feed from DeJoie.

Now with the Owls needing to win just one set out of the next three to earn their first victory of the season, things instead went cruelly unkind for Bryn Mawr. Bryn Mawr jumped out to a quick lead in the third set, but the Ravens put together a mid-set rally and were ultimately able to run away to a 25-13 lead in that frame. The fourth set proved even more momentum-sapping for the Owls, as Rosemont led into the middle of the frame, only for the Owls to fight back and take the lead for themselves. Kills from Harkins-Finn, DeJoie, and Collins helped the Owls take an 18-16 advantage in the frame. However, Rosemont won nine straight points to shock the Owls and force the match into a decisive fifth set. Once again, Rosemont jumped out to a quick lead, but the Owls showed tremendous resolve to come back and take a 7-6 lead of their own. However, Rosemont battled back to claim a 13-10 advantage and put the Owls on the brink. Bryn Mawr gave themselves one final chance, with several errors from the hosts bringing the Owls back within one at 14-13. Unfortunately, Rosemont capped off the comeback with one final kill to close out the set and take the stunning 3-2 win.

The Owls will be back in action next week with two home matches on the schedule. The first of those contests will come against Haverford at 7:00 PM on Wednesday night.