BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls volleyball team put on quite the showing in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium earlier Saturday afternoon as Bryn Mawr welcomed Gettysburg to campus for a big Centennial Conference showdown as part of the day's Homecoming festivities. The Owls had the packed crowd roaring almost the entire afternoon as they kept the Bullets on the ropes for long stretches of the game. Elise Perry and Zoe Boxill teamed up for 13 and 10 kills on the day, with Perry adding two solo blocks and three more block assists as well. Bryn Mawr battled from behind to win the first set in the contest, but ultimately Gettysburg was able to hang on and claim the next three for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-8) victory in the end.
Gettysburg brought a 12-1 overall record into today's first Centennial Conference contest of the season, and they started off the match showcasing just how they've achieved that superb record to this point in the year. The Bullets jumped out to a 13-4 lead early in the first set, then used several more kills and a couple errors from the Owls to extend that advantage up to 18-8. However, the Owls were not ready to give up the set. An attack error from Gettysburg got the hosts a side out, and then Sydney Collins went on a tremendous service run for Bryn Mawr. A big kill from Micah Sheppard got things going, and then Collins put up back-to-back aces to get Bryn Mawr within six. Several more errors from the Bullets and then another ace from Collins forced the visitors into a timeout, but even that could not slow the Owls.
Bryn Mawr continued to play well and the gymnasium got louder and louder with each point, putting more and more pressure on the Bullets. Perry and Dravk teamed up for a huge block at one point, and then Perry and Sheppard linked up for another thundering block to give Bryn Mawr their first lead of the set at 19-18. Perry followed that up with two huge kills and then Sheppard added another to bump the Owls lead out to 22-18. Gettysburg tried to stay in the match, stringing together three straight points of their own to get back within one. However, another Perry kill got Bryn Mawr their cushion back, and then a couple more errors by the Bullets under heavy pressure clinched the first set for the Owls by a 25-22 score.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, things did not quite go the same way in the second set as Gettysburg bounced back with a 25-8 win in the frame. Perry and Boxill had a few kills, and Anna Dravk used a great serve to earn an ace, but Gettysburg hit the ball at a .522 percentage to run away with the set.
The Owls showed great resilience to bounce back and make things very interesting the third set though. Bryn Mawr jumped out to a 9-4 advantage in the frame, using kills from Perry, Sheppard, and three straight from Boxill to take the five-point lead. Gettysburg vaulted back ahead midway though the set, taking a 15-11 lead, but Bryn Mawr stuck with their opponents the rest of the way. Kills from Collins and Perry brought the Owls back within one, and then later, three straight errors from the Bullets made it an 18-18 contest. Unfortunately for the Owls, Gettysburg won seven of the next nine points to pull away late and take the third set 25-20.
Bryn Mawr tried to keep things close in the fourth set, but it was apparent that Gettysburg was ready to wrap things up, as the Bullets again posted an absurdly high attack percentage in the set. The visitors hit at a .583 clip in the frame and limited Bryn Mawr to just four kills in the set, ultimately allowing Gettysburg to come away with the 25-8 win to sew up the match.
Despite the final result, it was still a thrilling contest for the packed crowd and showcases the tremendous potential of this year's Bryn Mawr squad. The Owls will look to keep the positive momentum from today's effort rolling when they get back in action next week with a contest against Bi-College rivals Haverford. Bryn Mawr will travel just up the road to take up the Fords on Wednesday evening, with the match slated to start at 7:00 PM.