BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls volleyball team was back in action earlier Monday night on the Class of 1958 Gymnasium floor, looking to keep a major streak alive. Bryn Mawr faced off against Rosemont in a local rivalry match, with the two sides taking a break from conference play to face off. Coming into the night, the Owls had recorded 13 consecutive victories over the Ravens, their longest current winning streak against a single opponent. Thanks to strong performances all around, particularly out of veterans Sienna Burnett and Jessie Zong, the Owls extended that streak to 14 thanks to a 3-1 victory in tonight's match. Burnett posted 14 kills to lead the way for Bryn Mawr, and she did so to the tune of a very impressive .321 hitting percentage. Zong also racked up double-digit kills for the Owls, and Jane Rand and Nicole Wood had strong 21- and 17-assist nights as well. Rosemont was led by six kills from Abigail Brooks.
The two sides got off to a very even start in the opening set of tonight's match. A kill from Burnett, a pair of aces, and numerous Rosemont errors staked the Owls to an early lead, but two Bryn Mawr errors made that advantage just 10-8. However, the hosts quickly put the set out of reach with a tremendous run midway through. A kill from Camille Baechler got Bryn Mawr back on serve, and then Jane Rand got to work. Over the next seven points, Rand posted four service aces, with the Ravens making errors on several other opportunities. When the rally finally ended on a Rosemont kill, Bryn Mawr had doubled up on the Ravens to the tune of an 18-9 lead. The Owls easily closed out the set from there, winning seven of the next ten points. Baechler tallied another kill, and then Zong and Burnett combined for three more. One final error from the Ravens closed out the set, with Bryn Mawr taking the early lead in the match thanks to a 25-12 win.
The second set is one that the Owls will quickly try to forget. Despite the strong start to the match, Bryn Mawr came out completely flat in the second frame, making 13 errors against 11 kills. That allowed Rosemont to take an early lead and not look back in the frame, ultimately earning a 25-18 win to tie the match back up. However, the Owls showed their resilience by battling back in dominant fashion in the third set. Despite allowing Rosemont to get out to another early lead, Bryn Mawr quickly battled back and asserted themselves in the frame. An attack error from the Ravens gave the Owls the serve and sparked an 11-0 run which featured three aces from Camille Baechler, two kills from Zong, and another from Nicole Wood. Even after Rosemont won a point to stop that rally, Bryn Mawr went on to win seven of the next eight points to take a commanding 21-7 lead in the set. Later, back-to-back kills from Burnett extended that lead even further, and the Owls closed the frame out thanks to a bad set by the Ravens, moving ahead in the match thanks to another 25-12 win of the set.
Bryn Mawr now had all the momentum in the match, and the Owls ended up winning by a nearly as comfortable 25-15 score. Burnett started the frame off with another kill, and then Baechler, Zong, and Jess DeJoie followed with kills of their own over the next few points. Errors from the Ravens helped build the Owls' lead, and then Burnett slammed home another kill to give Bryn Mawr a 12-5 advantage. Baechler, Zong, Burnett, and DeJoie all racked up more kills over the rest of the set, and the Owls capped off the night with a big kill from Jane Rand on an assist by Wood.
With the win, Bryn Mawr moves to 6-7 on the year, and they'll have a big chance to get back to .500 this weekend. The Owls will help cap off the Homecoming 2018 celebration on Saturday with a primetime matchup against Gettysburg. Game time against the Bullets is set for 5 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.