Tennis Suffers First Loss of Spring

Tennis Suffers First Loss of Spring

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back in action in Florida earlier Thursday afternoon. The Owls took on Roger Williams University in the second match of their spring break trip, but today's contest was even tougher than the first. The Hawks were in control of things seemingly from start to finish on the day, as Bryn Mawr was only able to win a single set in the 9-0 loss.

The doubles matches were highly competitive for the most part, particularly at the top spot. The Owls duo of Melina Koukoutchos and Lizzie Siegle hung with the Hawks top pairing for a majority of their match. Unfortunately, Roger Williams was able to pull away near the end in that one, hanging on for an 8-5 win. The Hawks also claimed the other two doubles contests in relatively quick fashion, winning by scores of 8-3 and 8-2.

In singles, the Owls once again found some purchase near the top, but were just barely unable to get any points out of it. Koukoutchos gave Roger Williams' Katie Hughes fits throughout most of their match, but the Hawks' top player was able to wriggle out of Koukoutchos' grasp by a 6-3, 6-3 score.

Bryn Mawr would win their first and only set of the day at second singles, where Siegle faced off against Lauren Schmidt. The Roger Williams player took the opening set in tight fashion, just barely avoiding a tiebreak with a 7-5 win. However, Siegle stormed back in the second frame, dominating the set and taking it with a 6-3 score to force a tiebreaker. However, Siegle's momentum ran out in that decisive frame, as Schmidt won the tiebreak 10-7 to take the match.

Unfortunately, the Owls were only able to garner four sets out of their remaining four singles matches. Kendall Baller battled hard but was unable to find a good result in a tough loss at third singles. Em Prozinski made her collegiate debut at fourth singles, but was given a cold reception by the Hawks' Ali Stankiewicz in a 6-0, 6-0 loss. Mariam Haider dropped a tough  6-0, 6-2 decision in her match, while Genesis Perez-Melara also made her first appearance for Bryn Mawr with another tough loss in the final singles match.

The Owls will look to get back in the win column tomorrow afternoon, as they get right back in action with a match against St. Mary's College of Indiana. Friday's match against the Belles is slated to start at 11:00 AM.