Bryn Mawr, Pa. - It was a rough day on the hardcourt for the Bryn Mawr tennis team earlier Tuesday afternoon. Going up against the number 10 team in the Atlantic South region, the Owls were unable to capture a match victory in a tough loss. The Shorewomen of Washington College earned a 9-0 decision on the Bryn Mawr tennis courts, although there was still some fire in the Owls throughout the contest.
The first and second doubles teams struggled to gain any traction, but the third doubles match was something to watch. The Owls team of Eram Haider and Tirsa Delate battled hard against the Washington College duo of Emily Evans and Kiran Pant. At one point, with the match closely contested, Haider and Delate had to play a marathon game on their serve that went through what seemed like at least 10 deuce points. A side would take the advantage and be a point from winning the crucial mid-set game before the opposing pair would win a couple of points themselves to take the advantage back. Finally, the Owls pairing held on to win and get a foothold in the match. However, Evans and Pant were able to battle back and hang on, taking the set by an 8-6 final.
In singles, Melina Koukoutchos took the lead at the number one spot again, but faced some stiff competition in April Weaver for the Shorewomen. Weaver, the 16th-ranked player in the region, displayed a strong forehand in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Koukoutchos. Most of the singles matches didn't fare much better for the Owls. Lizzie Siegle fell by a 6-1, 6-2 scoreline, a feat that was repeated at third singles for Kendall Baller. Delate was shutout by Rachel Martinez at the fourth spot, while Mariam Haider went down 6-1, 6-0. Molly MacDougall put up a strong fight at the sixth spot, but ultimately fell by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
The Owls will now get another lone day off before getting back on the road on Thursday. Bryn Mawr will travel to Ursinus for a weekday tilt against the Bears, who currently sit at 12-5 on the season and 3-6 in the Centennial Conference. Thursday's match will kick-off at 4:00 PM in Collegeville.