BALTIMORE, Md. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team kicked off their Centennial Conference slate earlier Tuesday night against Johns Hopkins. The Owls battled hard all night, but Johns Hopkins, who received votes in this week's AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll, showcased their talent with strong play across all three sets. Bryn Mawr was held to eight kills on the night, led by a three-kill performance from Nicole Wood. Sydney Collins paced the Owls with five assists, and Jess DeJoie added seven digs on the night.
Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, but Bryn Mawr did well to rebound and keep things tight early. A service error got the Owls on the board, and then Collins posted an ace to get Bryn Mawr back within one. The hosts went on another three-point run before another service error got Bryn Mawr back on the board, and later Jess DeJoie notched a kill on an assist from Collins to keep the set close. A few points later, it was Wood who used a Collins feed to tally a kill of her own. However, a 13-point run from the Blue Jays gave them a 22-5 lead, and despite an ace from Casandra Paiz, the hosts would go on to claim the set 25-8.
In the second set, the Owls got off to an even stronger start, answering two Johns Hopkins kills with three points of their own. That run was capped off by an ace by Izzy Gerosa, and with that the Owls held a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, Hopkins won the next seven points in the set. The Owls tried to keep in contact with the Blue Jays, using several errors from the hosts to stay within 15-6. However, Johns Hopkins won the final ten points and did not allow a Bryn Mawr kill in the set to win the frame 25-6.
Once again, things stayed tight in the early portion of the third set, as Collins notched a kill off of a feed from Wood before the combination reversed and Wood threw down another kill of her own. The Owls trailed just 3-2 in the opening minutes of that third frame, but an immediate 12-point run put the match virtually out of reach. Olivia Harkins-Finn got on the scoresheet with a big kill, and she was joined by another kill from Alanna Mora-Mickens a few moments later. Unfortunately, points were hard to come by the whole night, and Bryn Mawr ultimately lost the frame 25-8 to go down 3-0 in the match.
Fortunately, the Owls get right back in action on Thursday night with a chance to erase tonight's tough loss from their minds. Bryn Mawr will travel to Allentown on Thursday night for a contest against Cedar Crest, with gametime in that matchup slated for 7:00 PM.