BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr volleyball team was back in action on their home court earlier Wednesday evening, as the Owls welcomed Penn State Abington to town for a non-conference tilt. The Owls made things difficult for the Nittany Lions early, winning the first set with strong play throughout the frame. However, the visitors battled back to win the next three sets to close out a 3-1 win on the night. Nicole Wood led Bryn Mawr once again with 13 kills and 21 digs on the evening.
The Owls got off to a fast start in the opening set, using two kills right off the bat from Wood and another from Jess DeJoie to take a 6-3 lead early. Later, after Abington had battled back for an 11-9 lead of their own, Bryn Mawr ran off a five-point rally, capped off by three straight aces from Sydney Collins. That rally put the Owls back in the driver's seat, a spot they would not relinquish the rest of the set. A kill from Alanna Mora-Mickens gave the hosts a 20-14 lead, their largest of the frame. Penn State Abington made things interesting by winning the next five points, but several errors from the Nittany Lions got Bryn Mawr to set point. From there, Sydney Munnerlyn finished the job, smashing home a set from Collins to hand the Owls the 25-22 win of the opening set.
Unfortunately for the Owls, the momentum from that win of the first frame did not carry over into the second set. Abington managed to run out to a quick 11-4 advantage, forcing the Owls into a timeout. Following that stoppage, Bryn Mawr went on a nice four-point run thanks to an ace from Wood and several more Nittany Lions errors. Later, another kill from Wood drew the Owls within 13-9. However, the visitors won the next 11 points in the set and were able to cruise away to a 25-10 win to even the match. The story was eerily similar in the third frame. This time, Abington claimed an 11-2 advantage early before kills from Wood, Mora-Mickens, and Olivia Harkins-Finn got the Owls within 12-7. However, Penn State Abington won 13 of the next 16 points to claim another 25-10 win of the set.
The Nittany Lions ran out to an early lead in the fourth set as well, once again taking an 11-4 advantage in the frame. The Owls did a much better job of staying in this set though. Jess DeJoie put down back-to-back kills to give Bryn Mawr some momentum, and then Aaliyah Joseph added a service ace. Later, Wood and Harkins-Finn combined for three kills, and then Collins and DeJoie added two more. That brought Bryn Mawr within 24-17, but the Nittany Lions were able to win the final point and seal their 3-1 comeback win.
The Owls will now get back on the road on Saturday for a Centennial Conference test against Gettysburg. Gametime this weekend is slated for 1:00 PM on Saturday in Gettysburg.