COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team closed out their 2018 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon with a road trip to Ursinus College. The Owls put on a strong fight the whole way through, with Jessie Zong and Nicole Wood leading the way with seven kills apiece. That led all scorers in the match, but Ursinus managed to hang on and win in three sets. The Bears were led by six kills each from Paige DeAlba and Olivia DeBonte.
Bryn Mawr got their day off to a fantastic start with a 5-0 run to open the first set. Jessie Zong tallied the first kill of the day on a great set from Wood on the opening point of the match. Jane Rand added two aces to her total as part of that run as well. Later, Kira Ogoshi tallied an ace of her own, and Sienna Burnett and Camille Baechler each netted kills to put the Owls up 10-5. However, Ursinus answered back with a seven-point run of their own to take their first lead of the day. Baechler and Zong threw down two big kills to end that run, and then a bad set put Bryn Mawr back on top. After Ursinus tied things back up, Zong posted another kill and then an attack error gave the Owls a 15-13 lead. Unfortunately, the Bears found another gear, going on a 6-1 run to get out in front 19-16. The Owls tried hard to mount a comeback, with Nicole Wood leading the charge. Bryn Mawr's leading attacker posted back-to-back kills, and later added an ace of her own to get the Owls back within two late. However, it was not enough, as Ursinus was able to fend off the Bryn Mawr attack and win the set 25-21.
That victory seemed to inspire the Bears on to a tremendous start in the second set, as Ursinus vaulted out to a 7-1 lead. Nicole Wood ended that run with another kill, but the hosts continued to pull away, ultimately stretching out to a 16-4 lead. A kill from Sienna Burnett helped end that run and start Bryn Mawr on digging out of their hole. Kills from Zong, Wood, and Baechler and an ace from Casandra Paiz got the Owls back within eight at 12-20. That same trio each tallied another kill apiece late in the set, but it just wasn't enough to bring the Owls all the way back, as Ursinus ultimately hung on to win the set 25-16.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the third set was a virtual repeat of the second. Ursinus once again ran out to a 7-1 lead. Kills from Zong, Wood, and Baechler helped the Owls get on the board, but the Bears had already cruised out to a 13-3 lead. Wood and Zong each posted another kill in the set, but Ursinus used a match-high 12 kills in the set to run away with a 25-10 win to claim the match in 3-0 fashion.
Today's result puts a pin in the most successful season for the Owls in three years. Bryn Mawr will continue to train hard through their offseason and look to be back and even better when they get back on the court in the fall of 2019.