The Bryn Mawr Volleyball team took the road Saturday morning for tri-match at Johns Hopkins University. In the opening game of the day against Johns Hopkins the Owls shouldered a tough loss. The Owls fell 0-3 to the Blue Jays. With the win Johns Hopkins moves on to 7-2 season record, while Bryn Mawr slips to 1-6 for the season after the first game.
Johns Hopkins set the pace for the game and came out strong gaining an early 5 point lead over the Owls. Luckily a strong kill by Delia Landers followed by a service ace from Kira Ogoshi placed the Owls back in the match and closed the gap (3-7). Unfortunately, the Blue Jays used their home court to their advantage and closed out the set 25-8.
The second set began quite similar for the Owls. Strong serves from Elizabeth Wuerstle gave Johns Hopkins a 3 point lead however it was evident that the Owls were eager to put this to a stop. An attack attempt from Camille Baechler and a service ace from Casandra Paiz gave the team a slight boost of momentum. However, it was the Blue Jays yet again who closed out the set with a win of 25-3 thanks to a 13 point run by Morgan Wu.
In the third frame early errors from both teams kept the game close. The Owls trailed by two points (2-4) and attempted to hold on and move to a 5 set match. However, it was small errors on behalf of the Owls that ended the game in a short three set match. Johns Hopkins' Morgan Wu additionally contributed with her 8 point run in the last set where Johns Hopkins closed out 25-8 to win the game (3-0).
Collectively the Owls had 30 attacks, 5 kills and 6 digs. Delia Landers was the attack leader for the Owls with a total of 11 attacks.
In the second game of the day the Owls fell to Goucher College in a three set game (25-11, 25-21, 25-20). In the opening set it was evident that the Owls were looking for redemption after a tough loss earlier in the day. Camille Baechler and Delia Landers executed a great block that placed the Owls just two points behind the Gophers (8-10). However this momentum was quickly lost as the Gophers found their groove.
The Owls insisted on not going out without a fight and this was clear in the second and third sets. A kill from Camille Baechler followed by a service ace from Rachael Bacchus were the first few plays of the frame. The teams rallied back and forth, had three lead changes and were just in two points of each other during the whole set. A kill from Jessie Zong tied the set 16-16 and gave the Owls hope. However it was the small errors from BMC that began to add up. After a brief time out from BMC the Gophers closed out with a win of 25-21.
Bryn Mawr gave another great fight in the last set. The team came out very strong rallying back and forth with the Gophers, attempting to maintain their early lead of 5-4 . The teams were within just points of each other again, however the Owls were eventually edged out by Goucher College as they won the match 3-0.
Pacing BMC in the final match was Junior Camille Baechler with a total of six kills and six digs. Jessie Zong had three kills and six digs, and it was Kira Ogoshi and Cassandra Paiz who both led the team with 8 digs. Collectively the team has 12 kills, 35 digs and a total of 64 attacks.
The Owls will look to shake off these two losses and regroup as they are back on their home court next Wednesday facing off Washington College at 7PM.