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Owls Volleyball Posts Sweep at DelVal Tri-Match

Thandie Eversley dig 2021

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team continued their winning ways earlier Friday night thanks to a pair of victories against Rosemont and Delaware Valley. The Owls earned a 3-1 win over Rosemont to start the evening before winning a 3-2 decision over hosts Delaware Valley in the final matchup of the night. Owls senior Nicole Wood tallied 45 kills on the day, including a career-high 26 against Rosemont in the opener, tied for third-most in a match in Bryn Mawr history. Thandie Eversley added 49 digs on the day, including 33 against DelVal, tied for fourth-most all time in a single match on program history.

In the opening match of the night, Bryn Mawr fell behind early, as Rosemont won the first set by a 25-21 score. The Owls held the lead early in that one, but a rally midway through the set helped the Ravens claim the advantage and the set by the slim margin. However, Bryn Mawr rebounded nicely from that tough first frame, running out to a quick lead in the second set and never looking back. Ultimately, Bryn Mawr claimed the 2nd set by a score of 25-9. The third set was much more of a back-and-forth affair, with both teams remaining tied at 13-13 midway through the frame. However, the Owls went on a 9-1 run from that point, including four kills from Wood in that stretch. Bryn Mawr would go on to win 25-20 from there to take a 2-1 lead in the match. From there, the Owls were able to easily coast to a win in the fourth set. Wood once again tacked on numerous kills, helping the Owls to run out to a 13-3 lead early. That advantage would carry on throughout the set, as Bryn Mawr ultimately won the frame 25-9 once again to earn the 3-1 win in the match.

The second matchup of the day against Delaware Valley got off to a similar start as the first. The Owls took an early lead in set one against the Aggies, but Delaware Valley tied things up midway through the set and ultimately won the opening frame 25-21. However, Bryn Mawr rebounded nicely from that performance in the second set, which proved to be a back-and-forth affair from the start. Neither side ever held a lead larger than three points in the frame until Delaware Valley managed to string together five out of six points to take a 21-15 lead. Bryn Mawr would not be denied though, working their way back into the set thanks to several errors by the Aggies and two straight aces from Zoe Boxill. From there, Bryn Mawr was able to turn the tide and ultimately claim the frame in extra points by a 29-27 score. That seemed to take some of the wind out of the balloon of the host Aggies, as the Owls would go on to dominate the second set by a 25-16 score. Unfortunately, Delaware Valley battled back in the fourth set. Bryn Mawr led virtually wire-to-wire in that frame looking for the big win of the match. The Owls took a 23-19 lead in the set thanks to a beautiful serve by Eversley, but they could not close out the set. Delaware Valley ultimately won seven of the next eight points to wrestle control of the match away from Bryn Mawr and force a decisive fifth set. This time, it was the Aggies' turn to race out to a large 10-5 advantage, but Bryn Mawr never let up. The Owls won nine of the next ten points to vault ahead of Delaware Valley and take a 14-11 lead in the decisive set. The Aggies momentarily put off the loss thanks to a few Owls errors, but Bryn Mawr finally clinched the set and the match by a 15-13 score to take their fourth straight win.

With the victory, the Owls move to 4-3 on the season. Today's result also marks the longest winning streak for the Owls since the start of the 2013 campaign. They will look to continue their successful start to the 2021 season when they get back in action on Tuesday at Immaculata, with gametime set for 7:00 PM for that matchup.