HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team got in two more matches at the Route 42 Classic earlier Saturday morning to close out play at the Route 42 Classic in central Virginia. The Owls opened the day with a tough loss to Mary Baldwin in the first contest, and they were unable to bounce back in the second frame, taking a tough 3-0 loss to hosts Eastern Mennonite as well. Jess DeJoie, Jane Rand, and Sydney Collins each posted five kills on the day to pace the Owls.
In the opening match against the Fighting Squirrels, Bryn Mawr stuggled to get anything going early on. Mary Baldwin jumped out to a quick 21-2 lead in the frame before an error got Bryn Mawr another point. Later, DeJoie posted a kill and Casandra Paiz followed up with a service ace, but Mary Baldwin ultimately claimed a 25-7 win in the frame.
The second set was a much different story, as the Owls jumped out front right from the beginning. An ace from Rand and a kill by Allison Mead got the Owls a 2-0 lead out of the gate. Bryn Mawr would extend that advantage to 5-1 and later 10-7 thanks to kills by DeJoie, Rand, and Collins and an ace from Mead. Unfortunately, Mary Baldwin battled back to win the next eight points and claim a 15-10 advantage. The Owls were able to stay in the set thanks to errors by the Fighting Squirrels, but they did not register another kill in the set and ultimately suffered a 25-15 loss.
The third set proved to be another slow start early for Bryn Mawr, with Mary Baldwin building a 15-4 advantage midway through the frame. Jess DeJoie put up a great serve for an ace to help put a stop to that rally, and later Rand went back-to-back with a kill and an ace of her own. However, it was too late to make a difference in the final result, as MBU won the final set 25-11 to clinch the 3-0 win.
In the second contest of the day against Eastern Mennonite, the Owls tried to rebound, but the Royals never let Bryn Mawr find a foothold. In the opening set, the hosts jumped ahead to a quick 8-0 advantage. Bryn Mawr built a good response to climb back within 10-6, thanks in part to a kill from Collins and another ace from Rand. However, the Royals won the next six points, and also eight of the final nine points in the match, ultimately pulling away to a 25-10 win of the opening frame.
The second and third sets were unfortunately pretty similar stories for Bryn Mawr. EMU gained a 9-0 lead right out of the blocks in the second set, and the hosts led 10-2 early in the third as well. Both times, Bryn Mawr was able to momentarily halt the Royals' runs, but they were unable to get close enough to try and take the win. Eastern Mennonite ultimately claimed a 25-7 win of the second set and won the third 25-11 to take the 3-0 victory on the day.
Bryn Mawr will now return home and get another week of practice in before hosting their home opener next Saturday. The Owls will welcome Bryn Athyn and Immaculata to campus on September 7th for a tri-match between the three schools. Action starts at 10 AM Saturday morning as the Owls will take on Immaculata.