Owls Open Conference Play With Tough Match Against Bullets

Owls Open Conference Play With Tough Match Against Bullets

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a beautiful afternoon on the Bryn Mawr tennis courts earlier Saturday, perfect weather for a tennis match between the Owls and visiting Gettysburg College. Bryn Mawr put on a great showing on their home court, winning some big points and playing some tremendous rallies with the Bullets, but ultimately it was the visitors who claimed the final victory with an 8-1 win of the match. Freshman Em Prozinski picked up the lone win of the day for the Owls at the sixth singles position.

The day started off with three highly competitive doubles matches, with two of them coming seemingly down to the wire. Gettysburg (3-6, 1-0 CC) picked up the first point of the day at third doubles, taking that match by a score of 8-3. Meanwhile, at first doubles, Melina Koukoutchos and Lizzie Siegle battled back from a 6-1 deficit to take their match all the way back to 7-5. However, the Bullets held on, winning the next game to take the match by an 8-5 score. Tirsa Delate and Kendall Baller also played a marathon match that included several long rallies and key points. The Owls duo fell behind a break early on, but battled hard and stayed in the match the whole way. Late in the match and needing a break of their own to get back on serve, Delate and Baller put together a couple of great rallies, with both players making some strong shots to win their side points. However, the Gettysburg duo was able to hang on and close out the match 8-6, handing the visitors all three doubles points to start the day.

The Owls continued to fight hard in singles however, looking to get a foothold and get back in the match. Koukoutchos played another strong match at first singles, giving her opponent Maria Martinovic some trouble by battling hard and chasing down seemingly every ball she hit. However, Martinovic proved too tough in the end, as she was able to work her way to a 6-2, 6-0 win. Gettysburg would go on to clinch the match with another victory at fifth singles, where Mariam Haider fell to her opponent by a 6-2, 6-1 score.

There was still some positive momentum out on the other courts, however, as the remaining four singles matches all proved highly entertaining. Lizzie Siegle fought hard against her opponent at the second spot, taking four games in the opening set. Unfortunately, the Bullets' Laura Gradiska cleaned up her play in the second set and was able to hold on for a 6-4, 6-2 win. On the next court over, Delate put together some strong serves and great play at the net to make her match interesting, but once again her Gettysburg opponent managed to walk away with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

The final two matches of the day continued to highlight the hard work and effort of the Owls. At sixth singles, it was freshman Em Prozinski who picked up the Owls lone win of the day. Prozinski used very clean play, making few unforced errors and keeping the ball in play, to knock off her opponent in 6-4, 6-1 fashion. Finally, the day ended at third singles, where Kendall Baller fought back from a tough 6-3 loss in the opening set of her match and forced a tiebreak in the second set. Baller put together some more strong rallies and precise shot selection to tie the set up at 6-all and force the tiebreak. However, her opponent, Gettysburg's Gillian Minnerly, had just a little too much left in the tank, as she swept the breaker 7-0 to take the decisive point and win the match.

The Owls will rest up and gear up for their next contest on Wednesday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will play their first Centennial Conference road game next week, although it will certainly be the shortest trip of the year. The Owls will travel to Haverford and take on the Fords on Wednesday, with the match slated to start at 4:30 PM.