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Comeback Effort Sparks Volleyball to Win at Bryn Athyn

Sydney Collins serving

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball squad showed some impressive resilience earlier Tuesday evening, using career-highs in kills from Nicole Wood and Zoe Boxill to battle back from an early first set loss to ultimately come away with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-19) win at Bryn Athyn. Wood posted a monster 18-kill performance, while Boxill, a first-year outside hitter, added another 14 to help the Owls come away with their first win of the season. Sydney Collins showcased some masterful passing skills with a career-high 29 assists on the night, and both Collins and Boxill added five aces apiece to help chip in to the winning effort as well. Thandie Eversley led the way for the Owls with 15 digs on the night, and she added another six assists as well.

Bryn Athyn put together an early lead in the first set, but the Owls battled back to take a 4-3 advantage themselves, thanks in part to kills from Wood and Boxill and an ace by Eversley. The Lions ran off four straight points from there, but the Owls once again tied things back up, and the seesaw first set continued all the way to the end. The biggest lead in the frame was a four-point advantage for the hosts at 20-16, but then the Owls won seven of the next eight points, capped off by another kill from Wood, to take a 23-21 lead of their own. However, Bryn Mawr just couldn't get over the final hurdle and get their first set win of the season, as Bryn Athyn won four straight points to vault back in front and claim the first set by a 25-23 scoreline.

Despite the tough loss in that first set, the Owls were determined to keep up the strong play in the second. Some early errors by Bryn Athyn in the frame gave Bryn Mawr a 4-3 lead, and the Owls would not look back from there. A kill from Boxill and another ace by Eversley helped spin that lead up to 10-4. After the Lions had climbed back within four points, Bryn Mawr won 13 points in a row, as seemingly every Owl on the floor caught fire at the same time. Collins started the rally with a kill, and then Zoe Boxill added a couple of aces around a Bryn Athyn error. Wood added a kill a little later, and then after a Lions timeout, Boxill added another ace before Sydney Munnerlyn threw down a couple kills of her own. An attack error finally ended the Owls run, mercifully for the Lions, but all that was needed were kills from Wood and Collins and Bryn Mawr wrapped up the set for themselves in 25-11 fashion.

Following that dominant performance, Bryn Mawr continued to roll into the third set. The visitors once again jumped ahead early, taking a 5-1 lead thanks to three kills from Wood and two aces by Collins. Bryn Athyn eventually climbed back within one at 8-7, but that was as close as the hosts would get in the frame. A kill from Izzy Gerosa stretched Bryn Mawr's advantage back up to 13-9 midway through the set, and later, five straight points from the Owls gave them a 22-13 lead. Bryn Athyn tried to respond, but the Owls simply could not be caught, with Sydney Collins tallying two more kills to help the Owls close out the third set with a 25-14 win.

By this point, all the momentum was on the side of the Owls, and it showed in the start to the fourth set. Collins notched back-to-back aces right off the bat, and three more kills from Wood helped Bryn Mawr jump ahead to a 7-1 lead early. Boxill tallied two more kills and Collins added another a few minutes later, bringing Bryn Mawr's advantage to 13-4. From there, Bryn Athyn did an admirable job of buckling down and trying to climb back in the game, ultimately closing within 19-14. Several errors stopped that run, however, and Bryn Mawr was able to see the match out in the end thanks in part to two more kills from Boxill and, fittingly, a final kill from Wood. That last tally pushed the senior leader onto her new career high of 18 kills, and more importantly, it gave Bryn Mawr a 25-19 win in the set and the 3-1 win of the match.

With the victory, the Owls move to 1-3 on the season. The win is the first for Bryn Mawr since September 24, 2018, snapping a streak of 1,079 days without a win for Bryn Mawr. The Owls will look to make it two-in-a-row when they get back in action on Thursday evening. Bryn Mawr will host their home opener on Thursday, as the Owls will welcome Saint Elizabeth to campus for a 7 PM start in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on the 9th.