HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team came oh-so-close to pulling off a big win over crosstown rivals Haverford earlier Wednesday afternoon. The Owls took control of the match early on, only to see the Fords make a comeback in singles to protect their home court and win Wednesday's match by a 5-4 score. Bryn Mawr won two of three doubles matches and got a couple wins in singles as well on a highly competitive afternoon on the courts.
All three of the doubles affairs to begin today's match ended in 8-4 scores, but it was the Owls who gained an advantage by winning two of them. Haverford picked up a win at the top spot, but Mariam Haider and Em Prozinski paired up to win at second doubles to even things out. Then, Abbygail Brewster and Genesis Perez-Melara knocked off the Fords' third doubles team by an 8-4 score and put the Owls ahead 2-1 in the match heading into singles.
The Owls momentum carried over into the crucial singles matches, at least for a bit. Rosa Nanasi-Haas got in on the action at sixth singles, winning her match by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Haider's great day continued, as she went 2-0 by winning her singles match in 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 fashion. However, Haverford put together a heartbreaking comeback by winning the top three singles matches as well as the fifth to take a 5-4 win of the match. Tirsa Delate and Em Prozinski had some success early on in their matches. However, Delate fell by a score of 6-3, 6-3, and Prozinski was unable to win a game in the second set, losing by a score of 6-4, 6-0.
However, their are still plenty of positives to draw from the result for the Owls. Today's match is the closest Bryn Mawr has come to knocking off Haverford since the 2004-05 season, when they suffered another 4-5 defeat. That should give the team a bit of a boost as they head into the weekend knowing they can hang with some of the tougher teams in the region. The Owls will next take the court on Saturday afternoon for a rare doubleheader. Bryn Mawr will host Johns Hopkins at 1:00 PM, and then turn around and host Holy Family at 4:00 in a non-conference tilt.