ORLANDO, Fla. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team closed out their spring break trip to Florida earlier Friday morning with one last match, this time against St. Mary's College of Indiana. After falling behind in doubles, the Owls battled back with some big wins in singles, but saw their comeback attempt fall just short as the Belles hung on for a 7-2 win on the day.
It was a rough start for Bryn Mawr early on in the day, as St. Mary's was able to take victories in all three doubles matches to start. The Owls best opportunity for a win in that area was at third doubles, where the Bryn Mawr duo of Lizzie Siegle and Rosa Haas managed to give the Belles a good fight for large portions of their match. However, the St. Mary's pairing of Andrea Fetters and Kaity Venters was able to hang on and win the match 8-3, sealing the three doubles points for the Belles.
Bryn Mawr found a lot more purchase in the singles arena to start. Melina Koukoutchos had some success at the top spot for the Owls, at times running her opponent around the court with some great precision hitting. However, Fetters was able to keep Koukoutchos at bay long enough to claim the 6-2, 6-3 win in the match.
Siegle returned to the court at second singles, and she earned Bryn Mawr a big point with a win over Monica Davy. The Bryn Mawr sophomore had to fight through a strong effort from Davy early in the first set, but clawed her way to the win in the frame at 7-5. Then it was smooth sailing for Siegle, as she closed Davy down with ease in the second set by a score of 6-1.
Senior captain Kendall Baller doubled up the Owls score with a win of her own at the third singles spot, earning a straight-sets takedown of Margaret Faller. Baller put on a clinic in her match, rarely giving her opponent even a moment to catch her breath in a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win.
Unfortunately, those would be the lone two points that Bryn Mawr was able to pick up on the day, as the Owls went down in order in the last three singles spots. Mariam Haider put in some great effort at fourth singles, but couldn't get past her opponent in a tough 6-3, 6-3 loss. Freshmen Em Prozinski and Haas both went down in straight sets as well to close out the day for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr will return home and continue training as they prep for their first match back here at Bryn Mawr. The Owls will host Goucher College on Tuesday, March 22nd in their first contest of the spring on their home court, and the match is slated to get underway at 3:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr tennis courts.