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Owls Give Abington a Tough Battle in Friday Night Showdown

Micah Sheppard attacking a ball

ABINGTON, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr volleyball team got back in action on the road on Friday evening, as the Owls looked to continue their winning ways at Penn State Abington. Bryn Mawr did a great job battling back in the second set after a tough start, but were unable to come all the way back as Penn State Abington ultimately claimed a 3-1 win on the night. Micah Sheppard led the Owls with nine kills on the night while three different Bryn Mawr players racked up double-digit digs.

The first set proved to be tough sledding for Bryn Mawr. The visitors went down 21-4 early, scoring their only points in that stretch off of Nittany Lions errors. Sydney Munnerlyn finally notched Bryn Mawr's first kill of the contest to break that streak, but Penn State Abington was still able to cruise away to a 25-7 win in the first set.

Despite the rough start, the Owls did a fantastic job digging in and battling back in the second set. Sydney Collins threw down a kill right off the bat that seemed to set the tone for Bryn Mawr in the frame. Elise Perry and Micah Sheppard added kills soon after, and then a nine-point rally gave the Owls a 12-4 advantage midway through the frame. Penn State Abington began to chip away at the lead over the rest of the set, but the Owls battled hard to stay ahead. Collins added another kill late in the set, and then several more errors from the hosts ultimately gave the Owls the win in the set by a 25-21 score.

However, despite tying the match up with that excellent effort in the second set, Bryn Mawr was unable to get anything else going in the next two frames. In the third set, Abington once again jumped out to a large advantage at 18-9. Back-to-back kills from Sheppard and Perry put a dent in that lead, but Bryn Mawr would only add two more points the rest of the way as the Nittany Lions claimed the third set 25-13. In the fourth set, Bryn Mawr actually got out in front early, in part using two kills from Sheppard and three from Perry to take a 9-4 advantage. Unfortunately for the Owls, Abington put together a 14-1 run from there and that ultimately allowed the hosts to take the fourth set 25-18 and claim the 3-1 win on the evening.

Despite the tough result, Bryn Mawr will look to get right back on the positive side of the scoresheet tomorrow as they host their second consecutive weekend tri-match. The Owls will welcome Bryn Athyn and New Jersey City University to campus on Saturday, with the first match of the day set for an 11 AM start.