Owls Rally from Two Sets Down to Defeat Shorewomen

Owls Rally from Two Sets Down to Defeat Shorewomen

Lee Tallies 19 Kills, 18 Digs in Loss

BRYN MAWR, Pa. -- The host Bryn Mawr College volleyball team rallied after losing the first two sets to pick up its first Centennial Conference win of the season tonight with a 26-28, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-10, victory over visiting Washington College. The Owls improved to 10-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play, while the Shorewomen fell to 15-7 and 0-5. 

Bryn Mawr held a 17-10 lead in the first set before the Shorewomen rallied to tie the score at 21-21. The Shorewomen staved off set point with the Owls holding a 24-23 lead thanks for a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge). Bryn Mawr then avoided a Washington set point at 26-25 thanks to a Rachel Ofili kill, but Washington won the set on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill). That kill was Lee's seventh and Washington's 20th of the opening set. 

The second set was tied at 8-8 before the Shorewomen ran off six straight points, capped off by another Lee kill, to build a 14-8 cushion. The Shorewomen never looked back and closed out the set with four straight points, wrapping things up with an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West).

Bryn Mawr was ahead, 13-8, in the third set before the Shorewomen went on an 8-2 spurt to take a 16-15 lead on a kill by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). Neither team would build another lead of two points or more until a kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) gave the Shorewomen a 21-19 edge. The Owls came back to win the set by scoring the final four points on three consecutive Ofili kills and a service ace by Megan Kilmer

In the fourth set, Bryn Mawr raced out to a 13-5 lead and cruised to a 25-18 set victory, recording just one attacking error in 27 attempts against 11 kills. 

The Owls never trailed in the fifth set, scoring eight of nine points to turn a 3-3 tie into an 11-4 lead on a Cooney attack error. Bryn Mawr later led, 13-5, before the Shorewomen ran off five straight points to cut the lead to 13-10. The Owls completed their comeback, however, with kills by Sarah Gates and Ellen Chiu to win the set, 15-10, and the match, three sets to two. 

Ofili finished the match with 19 kills and six blocks for the Owls, while Noemi Moreno added 11 kills and 13 digs. Danielle Preziuso chipped in 34 assists and 16 digs, while Allie Nagelski contributed 24 digs.

Lee wound up with 19 kills and 18 digs for the Shorewomen in the loss, while Cooney pounded down 17 kills. Daunoras added 12 kills, while freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) had 42 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore libero Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) recorded 24 digs for Washington.

The five-set loss to the Owls comes on the heels of the Shorewomen's five-set home loss to Muhlenberg Saturday. Prior to that match, Washington had won its last seven five-set matches.

The Shorewomen return to action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference match at Dickinson.