WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team was back in action on Saturday afternoon, as the Owls traveled over to western Maryland for a matchup against a very strong McDaniel squad. Despite a tough result at the end of the day, the Owls still put on a very strong performance and found plenty of positives in today's contest. Jessie Zong led the team in kills, and Jane Rand had a solid night setting for the Owls. McDaniel was led by ten kills from Marlowe Embry en route to their 3-0 win.
McDaniel got out to an early lead in the opening set of tonight's contest, but the Owls did a great job of battling back and staying in the frame. Zong tallied Bryn Mawr's first kill of the evening on a nice set from Rand, and that helped get Bryn Mawr going. Sienna Burnett later threw down a big kill on a set from Nicole Wood, and then Wood ripped a kill of her own to get Bryn Mawr back within four points. After McDaniel stretched their lead back out to 13-7, the Owls put together another nice run. A Green Terror attack error gave Bryn Mawr the serve, and then two kills from Camille Baechler and some more McDaniel errors brought the Owls back within an 11-14 margin. The hosts stretched their lead back up to seven points, but Bryn Mawr had one more run in them. Jessie Zong notched another kill as part of that rally, and it also included a big ace from Jocelyn Bravo to get the Owls back within four once again. However, that was as close as Bryn Mawr would get, as McDaniel capped off the set with a 6-1 run to win the frame 25-17.
In the second set, it was the Owls who ran out to a quick start, as an attack error from McDaniel and another kill from Zong on a set by Rand gave Bryn Mawr a 2-0 lead. However, McDaniel won the next eight points to vault out to a commanding lead. The Owls tried to battle back, with two kills from Baechler helping draw Bryn Mawr back within five at 7-12. Later, kills from Zong and Wood helped Bryn Mawr chip into their deficit once again, but it was simply too little, too late for Bryn Mawr, as McDaniel was able to claim a 25-13 win of the set. The third set was a similar story, this time with McDaniel gaining the early advantage. A kill from Nicole Wood opened the scoring for Bryn Mawr, and she along with Burnett chipped in more kills a few points later. An attack error from the Green Terror got Bryn Mawr within 8-12, and then a kill from Zong made it 9-15. That would be as close as Bryn Mawr could make it, as McDaniel showed how they had earned their impressive 14-3 record this season by winning nine of the final ten points to claim the set 25-10 and win the match.
The Owls will return home to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium for their next contest in the upcoming week. Bryn Mawr will get back in action on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM with a big local showdown against Tri-Co rival Swarthmore.