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Bryn Mawr Topples Gwynedd Mercy in 3-1 Thriller

Sydney Munnerlyn 2022

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr volleyball team matched their best win total in the past seven years on Wednesday after picking up a thrilling 3-1 victory over Gwynedd Mercy at home. The Owls won a couple of gutty sets to open the match before dropping a tough third set of action. However, Bryn Mawr battled from behind late to win the fourth set and claim their sixth victory of the year, which matches their most in a season since 2015. Elise Perry led the Owls with 18 kills on the night while Anna Dravk also put together an excellent performance with 38 assists and three service aces.

Gwynedd Mercy opened the first set in strong fashion, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after the first few points. Bryn Mawr did not get flustered, however, as the Owls battled all the way back to tie the set up at 18-18 late in the frame on a kill by Zoe Boxill. A bad set from the visitors gave Bryn Mawr their first lead of the set since 1-0, and suddenly the Owls had all the momentum. Three straight points from the hosts, including kills by Sydney Collins and Boxill, got the Owls to 22, and then a few more errors from Gwynedd Mercy gave Bryn Mawr the first set win at 25-22.

The second set started in a similar fashion as the first, as Gwynedd Mercy got out to an early lead before Bryn Mawr chased them down midway through the set. An ace from Dravk gave the Owls an 11-8 lead, and then kills from Sydney Munnerlyn and Perry, each off great feeds from Dravk, bumped the advantage up to 15-12. Gwynedd Mercy managed to pull back ahead as late as 21-19, but then the Owls put together a late-set rally to steal the frame. Boxill ripped home another kill to start the run and then another ace from Dravk tied things back up. A couple attack errors from the visitors and a couple more kills from Boxill were then enough to give Bryn Mawr a 25-21 win of the second set.

Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, they could not complete the sweep as Gwynedd Mercy put together a dominant third set performance. The Owls would be forced to go to a fourth set if they wanted to get the W, and again the Griffins jumped out to an early lead. Bryn Mawr was forced into an early timeout after a kill from Gwynedd Mercy gave the visitors an 11-3 lead. The Owls tried to battle back, but the Griffins took their lead all the way to 19-12 late in the set. However, Bryn Mawr stuck with it, and the hosts put together a nine-point rally to jump all the way back in front. Errors from the Griffins and a couple kills from Munnerlyn put the Owls from seven down to two in front late in the set. A bad set from the visitors later gave Bryn Mawr a 23-21 lead, but Gwynedd Mercy had one more run in them to take a 24-23 lead. However, the Owls staved off the ensuing set point with a huge kill from Perry. Now tied at 24, Gwynedd Mercy gave away the next point on an attack error, and then Perry put an end to the night with another thundering kill to give Bryn Mawr the 26-24 win of the set.

The Owls now gear up for Centennial Conference play, as they'll look to carry some of tonight's momentum into this weekend's matchup with Gettysburg. Bryn Mawr will welcome the Bullets to campus as part of Saturday's Homecoming festivities, with start time set for 1:00 PM for the league matchup.