BRYN MAWR, Pa.- The Bryn Mawr volleyball team looked to end their home slate of the 2021 season with a win over Tri-Co and conference rival Swarthmore Tuesday evening in the Class of 1958 Gym. While the Owls were able to rally in some of the game's pivotal moments, the team ultimately fell to the Garnet, 0-3 (10-25, 14-25, 10-25). Captain Nicole Wood led Bryn Mawr with nine kills while Jordan Perry led Swarthmore with 12. Junior Sydney Collins landed all but four assists for the Owls for a game total of 12.
Swarthmore got off to a dominant start in the first set, quickly running the scoreboard up 2-11 with Wood earning a kill for Bryn Mawr and the other point off a Garnet error. Head coach Hayley Kirby called a timeout, hoping to pick up the Owls' spirit and send them back to the court with more confidence than ever, but Swarthmore earned six of the next seven points to put the scoreboard at 3-17. The Owls went on a three-point run as Zoe Boxill picked up two kills, bringing some momentum to the team however, the Garnet continued their dominance with back-to-back kills from Perry and Chloe Mayhue. While Sydney Munnerlyn tacked on an ace and Wood added another kill to her repertoire and the Owls' score, it was not enough as Swarthmore ultimately took the first set 10-25.
Bryn Mawr hoped to bounce back in the second set as they began to turn the game around and met the Garnet point for point to kick off the frame. The Owls earned three kills from Wood and one from both Munnerlyn and Aaliyah Joseph to put the score at 8-9 and gain the lead. Unfortunately, Swarthmore found its rhythm again and started to bring the pressure as they won 16 of the next 19 points to take the lead and put the score at 12-24. Despite consecutive kills from Munnerlyn and Wood, the Garnet's Trisha Razdan picked up a monstrous kill to end the set at 14-25.
The Owls began the third set with kills from Collins and Wood but saw Swarthmore gain control again as the score sat at 4-8. After two more points for the Garnet, Kirby called a timeout, looking to regain Bryn Mawr's composure and keep them in the fight. Swarthmore showed no signs of giving up though as they claimed 11 of the next 13 points, going on a seven-point run at one point to bring the frame score to 6-21. The Owls continued to bring the fight picking up one last ace and kill, but the Garnet proved to be the stronger team as a kill from Perry finalized the third set's score at 10-25 and cemented victory for Swarthmore.
The Owls face their season finale this Saturday, October 30 as they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on #1 Johns Hopkins. Gametime is slated for 1:00 PM.