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Owls Give King's All They Can Handle in Non-Conference Matchup

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Owls volleyball squad put together another gritty performance earlier Thursday evening, as Bryn Mawr took on non-conference opponent King's College in a road showdown. The matchup was a back-and-forth affair all night between the two teams, with both sides getting into the 20s in all four sets played. Unfortunately for the Owls, it was King's who prevailed in the end, battling off several Bryn Mawr comeback attempts to take a 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) win on the night.

The Owls were all over their opponents early on in the contest, jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the first set. Elise Perry ripped home six kills in that stretch alone while Micah Sheppard added another and Sydney Collins posted a service ace. A little later, Zoe Boxill threw down her first kill of the game to give Bryn Mawr a 9-4 advantage. However, King's would battle back from there, winning the next seven points to take their first lead of the set at 11-9. Bryn Mawr jumped back in front 12-11 on three straight attack errors by the hosts, but the Monarchs reclaimed the lead with another five-point run. The seesaw action then continued as Bryn Mawr won seven of the next eight points, including two more kills from Perry, to take a 19-17 lead. The Owls would keep that lead at two over the next couple of points, but then a three-point run from the hosts gave the Monarchs a 21-20 advantage. Bryn Mawr tied things up at 21-all on another kill from Perry, and then Boxill added two more kills late in the frame, but King's won seven of the final ten points to ultimately claim a tight 25-23 win of the opening set.

The second set proved to be a similar story as the first, as Bryn Mawr once again vaulted out to an early advantage. Sheppard, Boxill, and Collins each posted kills early on as the Owls staked themselves to a 6-0 lead. Bryn Mawr would then go on to maintain that advantage all the way into the latter stages of the set, winning seven of eight points at one stage to take a commanding 21-14 lead. However, the Monarchs somehow buckled down, winning the next seven points in a row to tie the set back up. Anna Dravk posted a kill that momentarily gave Bryn Mawr the lead back, but King's won four of the next five points to take another 25-23 win in the second set.

The third set then went in almost the exact opposite fashion of the first two, as it was King's this time who took an early 7-3 advantage. Bryn Mawr got back within one at 8-7 thanks to a few errors from the hosts and a big block by Micah Sheppard and Sydney Munnerlyn. King's stretched their lead back out to five, but Bryn Mawr did not give up. The Owls continued to chip away at the deficit throughout the middle portion of the match, with several more kills by Perry bringing Bryn Mawr back within three points. After staying within that margin for a few points, the Owls then went on another run, winning six out of seven points to turn a four-point deficit into a 23-22 lead, capped off by an ace by Collins. A block error by the Owls then tied the set back up, but Bryn Mawr closed out the set by a 25-23 score of their own with a kill by Perry on another fantastic set by Dravk and a block error by the Monarchs.

Now with all the momentum, Bryn Mawr looked to capitalize in the fourth set and push the match the distance, taking an early 6-2 lead on kills by Perry and Boxill. King's came back to tie things at 6-6 but Bryn Mawr immediately ran off another strong run of kills to take a 10-7 lead. A strong run from the hosts turned the tables, giving King's a 19-12 advantage midway through the set, but the Owls did not panic. Collins posted a big kill to start to turn things around for Bryn Mawr, and with more kills from Perry and Boxill in hand, the Owls chipped their way all the way back to within one point at 22-21. The Monarchs got themselves within one point of closing out the match, but another big kill by Boxill staved off that result momentarily. However, the hosts were finally able to complete the marathon victory thanks to one last kill, winning the fourth set 25-22 to wrap up the 3-1 win on the night.

The Owls will look to bounce right back from the tough but positive performance, as they will get right back into Centennial Conference play this weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel to central PA to take on league foes Dickinson on Saturday, with gametime set for 1:00 PM in Carlisle.