Saturday September 9th Bryn Mawr Volleyball hosted University of Valley Forge and Cedar Crest University for their first tri-match of the season. In the opening match of the day against Valley Forge, Bryn Mawr dominated the first two sets. Two explosive kills from Sienna Burnett, and one from Eliza Todd were hit inside the 10 foot line and were the stand out plays in the first set. According to Coach Reiley, it was something the team had never accomplished before. A clutch kill from Eliza Todd to score the 21st point of the match and the collective effort from the Owls allowed the team to close out the set with a score of 25-19. Coach Reiley noted "I was so proud of their performance in the first set. Everything was flowing and in system."
The second set started off with a slow start from Bryn Mawr because of great serving from Katilyn Hess. After a quick timeout from the Owls things began to turn around for the team. Eliza Todd put up 6 points in service aces to put the Owls on top (17-15) midway through the set. However just when things were looking up, Bryn Mawr suffered a tough injury from setter Nolan Julien, taking her out of the match. Despite the injury Delia Landers was able to step up to the plate and land 9 assists while Bryn Mawr closed out the set with a win of 26-24.
In the third set there were moments of great effort and neck and neck competition between the teams, however the Patriots came out on top. The loss of senior Nolan Julien certainly shook up the team and this was evident within the last two sets of the game as Valley Forge was able to edge out the Owls in the final minutes ending the 5 set match in 3-2.
Freshman Eliza Todd had the best overall game for the Owls in the first match with 15 kills, a hitting percentage of .205, 8 service aces and 18 digs. Casandra Paiz led the team in digs with a total of 20 for the match
For the second game of the day Bryn Mawr faced off against the Cedar Crest Falcons, and were seeking to clinch their first win of the day. Game two began with a slow start from the Owls. The Falcons dominated the set from beginning to end and Bryn Mawr couldn't quite get things together.
In the second set, the Owls picked up their tempo and found themselves back in the game. In fact the Owls lead the set 7-3 against the Falcons thanks to two service aces from Rachael Bacchus. The two teams rallied back and forth, and it seemed as though the momentum was favoring the Falcons. However the Owls came back to tie things up (23-23). Bryn Mawr was able to win the last 10 points to close out the set which included a strong kill from Sienna Burnett and errors by the Falcons (25-23).
Sets three and four proved to be too much for the Owls as they could not find their rhythm. Camille Baechler and Eliza Todd lead the team in kills both tallying 6 apiece. Jessie Zong had a career high in digs and led the team with a total of 15.
The Owls will look for redemption and will be back on their home court Thursday night at 7 PM against Gwynedd-Mercy.