SCRANTON, Pa. – Thanks to some weather issues causing postponements of other Owls events on Wednesday, Bryn Mawr volleyball had the honor of kicking the fall season off and being the first program back in action since the COVID pandemic struck. After a duration of 669 days since their previous intercollegiate competition, the Owls gave hosts Marywood a strong test on the road on Wednesday. Nicole Wood and Zoe Boxill lead the Owls with six kills apiece on the night, while Thandie Eversley posted 17 digs in the contest. Junior Sydney Collins also had an impressive night for the Owls, posting a double-double with 13 assists and 10 digs on the evening. Despite those strong individual performances, however, it was Marywood who came away victorious. The Pacers used seven kills each from Shannon Corr and Rebecca Klemovitch and a deep bench to outlast the Owls 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-16).
The Pacers got off to a quick 4-1 lead in the opening set of tonight's matchup before senior opposite Aaliyah Joseph notched Bryn Mawr's first kill of the season to draw the Owls within two points early on. An attack error from the hosts would get Bryn Mawr even closer, but then Marywood used an 8-2 run to jump ahead 12-5. Senior Nicole Wood got on the scoresheet with her first kill of the year to end that run. Later, Collins and Joseph went back-to-back for a pair of kills, and then Wood added another kill a few points later. Joseph would use a nice set from Collins to nail another kill late in the set, but Marywood had pulled too far ahead and ultimately closed out the first frame 25-13.
In the second set, another kill from Wood off of a nice feed by first-year Orli McGuire-Beck knotted things at 1-1 early. However, the Owls struggled with attack errors after that, allowing the Pacers to get out to a 7-1 advantage. Zoe Boxill, another of the Owls' first-years, got on the scoresheet with a nice kill to end that rally, and then several errors from Marywood helped keep Bryn Mawr in the set. Wood and Joseph added two more kills later on, and then Wood notched an ace on a nice serve to give Bryn Mawr some energy. But once again, Marywood would close out the set handily, using three straight kills to cap a 25-12 set two win.
Marywood would use the momentum from the ending of that second set to jump out to an 8-0 lead to start the third frame. A kill from Wood finally stopped the bleeding for the Owls, who then used several errors from the Pacers and another kill from Boxill to claw their way back into the set. The first-year really went off later in the set, throwing down three straight kills for the Owls. Eversley followed that up with back-to-back service aces to make it a five-point run for Bryn Mawr. In the end, it proved too little, too late, as a pair of errors helped Marywood escape danger and claim the match with a 25-16 win in the third set.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Saturday as they travel to NJCU for a big opening weekend invitational. The Owls will face off against FDU-Florham at 11:00 AM in Jersey City on Saturday before taking on the host Gothic Knights to close out their day at 1:00 PM. Be sure to continue tuning in to GoBrynMawr.com and our social platforms for all of your news on Bryn Mawr volleyball throughout the season!