Reading, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team traveled to Alvernia for the first match of a three-day road trip this weekend. The Owls (1-10) managed to give the Crusaders (10-3) a run for their money, but came up just short at the end, falling by a 7-2 score.
Bryn Mawr fell behind early after all three doubles matches went the way of the hosts. Both the first and third doubles were 8-4 losses for the Owls, while the second doubles match was a tough 8-1 loss for that squad.
Lizzie Siegle and Kendall Baller helped Bryn Mawr rebound in singles, however. At second singles, Siegle was able to knock off Alvernia's Jennifer Petrilla by a score of 6-3, 6-4 to get the Owls on the board. Baller played a very clean match herself at third singles, using solid play to earn a 6-1, 6-2 win of her own.
Several of the other singles matches were very close for the Owls as well. At fourth singles, Tirsa Delate won the first set in 6-4 fashion to take an early advantage. However, her opponent Alyssa Boyd took the next two sets by scores of 6-0, 6-4 to ultimately claim the point. In the fifth singles match, Mariam Haider played a thrilling first set, winning a tiebreak to take the frame by a 7-6 score. Alvernia's Jennifer Innamorato returned the favor in the second set, though, and then went on to win the tiebreak by a 10-5 score to earn another point for the Crusaders. Alvernia won the other two singles matches as well to claim the 7-2 match victory.
The Owls will be right back in action tomorrow, this time traveling to Maryland. Bryn Mawr will take on Centennial Conference opponent McDaniel in tomorrow's match, with doubles slated to kick things off at 2:00 PM on the Green Terror home courts.