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Owls Volleyball Caps Off Season at #1 Johns Hopkins

VB team huddle 2021

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Owls volleyball team closed out their 2021 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon with a tough matchup against the number one team in the country. Bryn Mawr traveled to Johns Hopkins to take on the top team in Division III, but despite the challenging opponent, there were still plenty of positives for the Owls to take from today's contest. Nicole Wood racked up seven kills and eight digs on the day while Sydney Collins posted 12 assists for the Owls. Bryn Mawr also posted a positive attack percentage in all three sets played in the match. The Blue Jays were led by 12 kills from Virag Murphy en route to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15) win on the day.

Bryn Mawr got off to a very strong start in the opening set, staying neck-and-neck with the powerhouse Blue Jays in the early going. Wood got a quick kill and a service ace to help the Owls take a 4-3 lead, and several Johns Hopkins errors along with a kill from Sydney Munnerlyn kept the set tied at 7-7. However, the Blue Jays would win the next nine points thanks to four kills, two aces, and a few errors from the Owls. Bryn Mawr tried to battle back, with a pair of kills from Wood and another from Allison Mead helping to get the visitors back within eight points. However, Johns Hopkins did not allow another kill from there, and the hosts ultimately claimed the first set by the 25-16 score.

The Blue Jays carried a bunch of momentum from that first set win into the second frame, as the hosts won the first six points of the next set. Another kill from Mead put a stop to that run, but Johns Hopkins was ultimately able to build out to a 9-2 advantage. Zoe Boxill got a kill of her own a few points later to help bring Bryn Mawr back within five, but Johns Hopkins was able to pull all the way back out by as much as 11 points a bit later. A kill from Wood and a couple of errors from the Blue Jays helped Bryn Mawr edge closer, but Johns Hopkins closed out the set with four straight points to take the set 25-12.

The third set started in a similar fashion to the second, with Johns Hopkins jumping out to a 9-3 lead before Munnerlyn gave the Owls their first kill of the set. A kill from Wood a few points later got Bryn Mawr back within five, but the Blue Jays won four consecutive points of their own after that to take a 16-7 lead. Wood put a stop to that with another kill off of a set by Collins, and then Bryn Mawr started to fight back late in the set. Some great defensive play from Bryn Mawr forced Johns Hopkins into a few errors, and then Orli McGuire-Berk posted an ace on a great serve that brought the Owls back within eight. After another error and one more kill from Wood, Bryn Mawr had a bit more momentum, but Johns Hopkins was able to seal the deal with kills of their own on the final couple of points to take the 25-15 win and win the match 3-0.

The result closes the book on what was a solid season from the Owls amidst the challenges of rebuilding under a new head coach and coming out of the umbrella of COVID. There were plenty of positives in the season for Bryn Mawr, and they will certainly miss the leadership and talents of the two seniors from this year's team, Aaliyah Joseph and Nicole Wood. However, Bryn Mawr will be back to work with spring practices before getting back into competitive action in the fall of 2022.