Westminster, Md. - It was a hotly contested day on the Warfield Tennis Courts at McDaniel College earlier Saturday afternoon as both Bryn Mawr and the Green Terror battled for their first Centennial Conference win of the season. In a thrilling match, the day came down to the final contest, and ultimately it was the hosts McDaniel who came away with the victory and sent Bryn Mawr home empty-handed.
The Owls number one doubles team got the day off to a great start, picking up a big win to get Bryn Mawr a point early. The pairing of Melina Koukoutchos and Kendall Baller knocked off the number one group for McDaniel by a score of 8-6 in the opening match. Although McDaniel picked up wins in the other two doubles matches, that first victory helped give Bryn Mawr a great chance to win with a solid singles performance.
Koukoutchos managed to carry the momentum from her doubles win over to singles to help earn the Owls another point. The junior won the first set of her match in dominating 6-1 fashion, but then fell by a score of 4-6 in the second set. However, Koukoutchos closed out strong, winning the third set 6-4 herself to finish 2-0 on the day and hand the Owls another point.
Also picking up singles wins were Jennifer Laske and Eram Haider. At fourth singles, Laske won in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-4. Haider, meanwhile, played a marathon match, winning her first set by a score of 6-3. However, she lost the second in a tiebreak, forcing a decisive third set. The sophomore showed her fortitude by bouncing back and winning the frame by a 6-4 score to get the Owls to four points.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get to victory. McDaniel would hold on to win the other three singles matches, including another grueling three-setter at fifth singles, to preserve their 5-4 win.
The Owls will get an immediate chance to rebound from the tough loss when they get back in action tomorrow. Bryn Mawr will travel to Gettysburg for a 12:00 PM match against the Bullets, who are currently 5-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play.