Tennis Gains Valuable Experience at Seven Sisters Championship

Tennis Gains Valuable Experience at Seven Sisters Championship

Northampton, Mass. - The Bryn Mawr tennis squad closed out the 2015 Seven Sisters Championship earlier Sunday afternoon with two more matches against fellow Sisters schools. The Owls dropped a 5-0 decision to nationally-ranked Vassar College before playing a hard-fought contest against Mount Holyoke to close out the competition. Bryn Mawr junior Melina Koukoutchos was named to the All-Tournament team for her fantastic performance over the weekend.

In the Owls first match of the day, they faced off against the number 22 team in the country in Vassar College. The Brewers (10-4) took all five matches in solid fashion over the Owls (1-7), taking a 5-0 decision en route to winning the entire tournament at the end of the day. The first doubles team of Koukoutchos and Kendall Baller fought hard, but lost 6-1, 6-0 to some stiff competition, and that set the tone for the rest of the match. The second doubles squad of Eram Haider and Tirsa Delate didn't fare much better, dropping a 6-0, 6-2 contest.

The singles matches went a little smoother for the Owls. Lizzie Siegle led the way, picking off two games in each set, but still ultimately falling 6-2, 6-2. In second singles, Molly MacDougall couldn't hang on in a 6-0, 6-0 loss, while in third singles, Jennifer Laske dropped her contest by a 6-2, 6-1 score.

In the second matchup of the day, the Owls took on another tough opponent in Mount Holyoke (13-9). Once again, the doubles teams were unable to find much success, dropping their matches by scores of 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-2.

However, once again the singles went a bit smoother. Siegle managed to pick up a big win in the first set, but dropped a tough second set tiebreaker to force another tiebreak. Unfortunately, Siegle could not hold on in the end, losing the tiebreak 10-4 to drop a very tightly contested matchup. However, Koukoutchos was able to pick up a victory in the second singles match, knocking off the Holyoke player by a score of 6-2, 6-2. Baller lost her third singles match by the same 6-2, 6-2 scoreline to hand Mount Holyoke the match by a final of 4-1.

Vassar won the overall tournament by playing to a perfect 4-0 record in the event. Wellesley came in second, Mount Holyoke picked up third, and Smith rounded out the top-four with a 1-3 finish.

The Owls will be right back in action throughout the upcoming week, with four away matches over a five-day span. That will kick off on Wednesday, as Bryn Mawr will travel to Swarthmore for a key Centennial Conference matchup, with the match set to start at 5:00 PM.