IMMACULATA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team kicked off their 2016 campaign on the road earlier Thursday evening, as they made the short trip to take on Immaculata. The Owls gave the Mighty Macs plenty of trouble throughout the contest, but still came up just a bit short in a tough 3-0 loss. Senior libero Allie Nagelski had a strong game for the Owls on the defensive side, posting a very consistent service receive along with solid hustle and defensive pursuir all night long. Bryn Mawr also got a solid performance from fellow senior Caroline Cosby, who led the team with a .167 hitting percentage. Freshman Camille Baechler led Bryn Mawr with six kills on the night. Immaculata, meanwhile, was led by Gabrielle Guerrera who tallied 11 kills on the evening.
Immaculata opened the evening with a tough loss to Haverford prior to their contest with the Owls, but the hosts showed no signs of weariness in the opening set. The Mighty Macs stunned the Owls by getting out to a quick 16-2 lead in the frame thanks to a 12-0 run. The Owls finally were able to put a halt to that run, as they were helped out by two attack errors by the hosts. In fact, Bryn Mawr's first six points of the set came on errors by Immaculata. Cosby picked up the first kill of the season for the Owls on a nice set by freshman Kira Ogoshi, who then posted her first service ace of her collegiate career. However, that only made it an 8-21 contest. Bryn Mawr ran off a 4-1 run later, trying to chip their way back into the set, but it was too little, too late as the hosts closed things out by a 25-12 score.
In the second frame, it was Bryn Mawr who jumped out to an early lead thanks to a kill from Baechler. Cosby would post two kills of her own in the next few plays, but Immaculata was still able to pull away to an 8-3 lead. The Owls put together a nice run of their own to get back into the set, however, taking eight out of nine points midway through. Two straight errors by the hosts helped Bryn Mawr get that run underway, then senior transfer Nikiah Childs slammed home a kill of her own. Later, Baechler racked up two more kills, the second of which tied things up at 13-all in the set. Deep in the frame, freshman Sienna Burnett picked up her first career kill as well to draw the Owls within one. However, Immaculata won the final eight points of the set, including three kills by Guerrera, to take the second set by a 25-16 score.
Bryn Mawr kept making progress throughout the match, and the third set was by far the most resilient for the Owls. Once again Bryn Mawr took a quick 1-0 lead in the frame, and they later got out to a 3-2 lead thanks to another service error and a kill from Baechler. Just like the previous two sets, Immaculata stormed back midway through the frame to take a seemingly comfortable 19-13 lead. Bryn Mawr continued to stay resilient, however, taking three straight points to draw back within three. The hosts climbed all the way to match point at 24-16, but again the Owls battled back. Burnett posted two kills, and Ogoshi tallied another two aces to help Bryn Mawr draw all the way back to 21-24. However, Immaculata squeaked out the win on a service error by the Owls, closing out the 3-0 victory.
The Owls will try to continue that positive momentum from throughout tonight's contest when they get right back in action on Saturday. Bryn Mawr will host their first tri-match of the season for their home opener this weekend as they welcome New Jersey City University and Penn State Brandywine to campus. Saturday's first match features the hosts taking on NJCU at 11:00 AM, with the two visiting squads to face each other following that. Bryn Mawr will close out the day against Penn State Brandywine at 3:00 PM.