BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls volleyball squad welcomed Muhlenberg to campus on Wednesday evening in another Centennial Conference contest. Bryn Mawr put together a strong showing early in the first set, but it was soon clear that the team was not a cohesive unit this match and Muhlenberg was the stronger team of the evening. The Mules ultimately pulled away to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-13) win on the night.
Bryn Mawr took an early lead in the first set, leading 5-1 after two kills from Elise Perry. The Owls continued their lead throughout the first half of the set. Perry claimed another kill along with Zoe Boxill to maintain a two-point lead at 9-7. The Owls extended their lead to three points after a service ace from Anna Dravk. However, the Mules quickly pulled away. Bryn Mawr was unable to win another point and Muhlenberg won the first set (10-25).
The Owls returned to the court for the second set, appearing to have shaken off Muhlenberg's comeback from the previous set. Bryn Mawr dropped a few early points to the Mules but managed to maintain a close score. At 6-8, the Mules took a four-point streak, but Micah Sheppard minimized the away team's lead after a service ace. Yet, this proved to be Bryn Mawr's last opportunity to balance the score. Muhlenberg won the next 11 points, eight of which were kills. Zoe Boxill won Bryn Mawr's last point of the set from a kill at 9-23, but Muhlenberg closed out the set on a service ace.
The Owls were off to a small lead in the third (3-1) after Bryn Mawr forced a few Muhlenberg errors. However, the Mules fought back, and the teams were soon in a back-and-forth battle for the lead. Behind two points at 4-6, Bryn Mawr won a three-point streak that resulted from two Sheppard kills and a Dravk service ace. The Owls took the lead (8-7). However, the Mules composed themselves and went on a ten-point rampage. Yet, the Owls proved to be resilient and refused to give up the match. Perry hit two kills along the way, but the Mules maintained their lead and took the third and final set 13-25.
Bryn Mawr will jump back into action on Saturday in an away match at Franklin & Marshall for their second to last conference match of the season.