BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr volleyball team brought conference play home to the Class of 1958 gym as they faced off against Haverford Wednesday night. While the Owls were able to build their momentum in the third set and challenge the Fords, Haverford powered back, causing Bryn Mawr to fall 0-3. Senior Nicole Wood led with 11 kills in the match up, followed by Zoe Boxill with seven. Sydney Collins landed all but three assists in the game for a total of 16.
The first set saw a dominant run right off the bat by Haverford as they went up 5-0, in part due to three aces by Isabel Schwam. A swift timeout called by head coach Hayley Kirby helped put the Owls back on track as they'd land their first point off a kill by Nicole Wood followed by three of the next five points, bringing the score to 7-4. The two teams would trade off and on for points with Boxill earning an ace and Wood adding another kill to her stats for the night, but the game momentum suddenly took a quick turn. With the Fords up 17-11, Haverford won eight of the last nine points to take the set 25-12.
Haverford came out strong again in the second set as they took a commanding lead at 6-0. While Bryn Mawr looked to find their footing and gain some points of their own, the Fords ran the scoreboard up to a 14-5 advantage, leading to an Owls' timeout. Bryn Mawr hoped to bounce back after the timeout, but a dominant Haverford team was determined to not let it happen as they'd hold the Owls to only five more points to take the set 25-10.
With the Owls down by two, it was now or never to forge a comeback and the beginning of the third set saw exactly that. Bryn Mawr claimed the first point off an error and shortly took control of the scoreboard, going up 2-5. With the Fords trailing for the first time this game, the team looked to bounce back and that they did with a four-point run of their own. However, the Owls weren't quite ready to give up momentum as they claimed ten of the next 15 points to move the score to 11-15, forcing Haverford to call a timeout. The Fords looked reenergized and focused as ever coming out of the timeout as they slowly started shift the game, holding the Owls to just four points, adding seven of their own. Kills from Wood and Allison Mead kept Bryn Mawr in the lead at 20-22, but with three kills from Haverford's Kendall Otridge and two errors, the Fords came from behind to take the set, 25-22, and the game 3-0.
Next up for the Owls is homecoming this Saturday, October 2 as they take on the Dickinson Red Devils in Centennial Conference play. Gametime is scheduled for 1:00 PM.