ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Owls volleyball squad traveled up to Muhlenberg earlier Thursday night to take on the Mules in another Centennial Conference contest. Bryn Mawr put together a strong showing on the evening, particularly making things difficult on the hosts in the second and third sets. Thandie Eversley had a great defensive game for the Owls, racking up 15 digs on the night. Nicole Wood led the team in kills with seven, and Sydney Munnerlyn added a couple aces to help Bryn Mawr's cause throughout the evening. Muhlenberg got 11 kills from Esmae Oehler and another ten from Christina Dalton, helping the Mules ultimately pull away to a 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-19) win on the night.
Bryn Mawr was able to keep pace with the Mules early on in the opening set. Wood and Zoe Boxill each tallied early kills to keep the set tied at 4-4 out of the gate. However, the Mules won 16 of the next 18 points in the set to take a commanding 20-6 advantage. Wood added one more kill late in the frame, but the Mules offense proved too hot to handle and the hosts claimed the opening frame by a 25-9 score.
The Owls again stayed close early in the start of the second set, but this time they made it a tight affair for much longer. Muhlenberg took a small 7-5 lead, but the Owls fought back to win six of the next seven points. Munnerlyn and Allison Mead each notched kills to spark that rally, and then Munnerlyn tallied back-to-back aces to start the run. After a Muhlenberg kill, Wood threw down back-to-back kills of her own to give Bryn Mawr the 11-8 advantage. Midway through the frame the Owls continued to lead, thanks in part to kills by Aaliyah Joseph and Boxill as well as a handful of Mules errors. Unfortunately, with Bryn Mawr leading 18-17, Muhlenberg would spark a rally of their own late in the set, winning eight of the final ten points in the frame to claim a 25-20 win of the second set.
The momentum from that late run in the second set carried over into the third as well for the Mules, as the hosts won the first eight points of the third set to take a commanding lead. A few Muhlenberg errors finally stopped the bleeding for the Owls, but the hosts continued to lead 15-5 midway through the set. Nicole Wood once again notched back-to-back kills a few points later, helping Bryn Mawr climb back in the contest somewhat. Later, kills from Sydney Collins and Wood as well as an ace from Orli McGuire-Berk helped draw the Owls back within five at 24-19, but Muhlenberg would clinch the match with one final point, winning the third and final set by a score of 25-19.
The Owls will get right back in action on Thursday evening, as they will play their last non-conference matchup of the season. Bryn Mawr will travel over to Langhorne to take on Cairn University, with gametime on Thursday set for 7:00 PM.