BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team took on one of the toughest opponents on their slate earlier Saturday afternoon, as the Owls hosted nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays came into today's contest as the 12th ranked team in the country and third in the region, but the Owls certainly upped their level of play to meet the stiff challenge. Bryn Mawr played a solid match all around, but ultimately fell to the Blue Jays by a 9-0 score.
The Blue Jays showed their skill right out of the gates in doubles play to start the match. Hopkins picked up the win in all three doubles matches, and all by the score of 8-1. At the top spot, Kendall Baller and Melina Koukoutchos put on a strong showing, but the pairing of Zou and Chen were able to put together too many solid rallies to take the win. The Owls got similar results at the second spot as well. Tirsa Delate and Mariam Haider hung with their Blue Jays opponents early on, as they trailed just 2-1 to open the match. However, the Hopkins pairing won the next six games to take the victory. Senior Molly MacDougall returned from injury for the Owls and put on a valiant effort in third doubles with Em Prozinski, but they too were only able to take a single set from their Johns Hopkins opponents.
In singles, Bryn Mawr continued to play some very strong points, hanging in on long rallies and using some great hitting to run the Blue Jays around the courts at time. However, on the whole, Hopkins was able to control each of their individual matches and seal the contest. The Blue Jays were able to win four of the matches in 6-0, 6-0 fashion, despite some great play from those Owls. At second singles, Baller fought hard to earn a game in each set, but lost by a score of 6-1, 6-1. Rosa Nanasi Haas played a great all-around game at sixth singles, as well. The freshman gave her Hopkins opponent some trouble at times, as she won three games in the first set. However, the Blue Jays player buckled down in the second and held on for a 6-3, 6-1 win of the match.
Bryn Mawr will look to bounce back when they get back on the court again next week. The Owls are slated to host Muhlenberg on Tuesday afternoon, with the match set to start at 4:00 PM. The Mules are currently 1-5 overall on the season, and both teams will be looking for their first Centennial Conference win when they face off on the Bryn Mawr tennis courts.