SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team played a thriller of a match earlier Tuesday night against Muhlenberg. Looking for their second win in a row, the Owls jumped out to an early advantage before needing some late drama to complete a shocking 5-4 win over their Centennial Conference foes. Both Lizzie Siegle and Em Prozinski went 2-0 on the day to help send the Owls to victory.
Bryn Mawr (6-13, 2-7 CC) got the evening started off right with a clean sweep in doubles play. The top pairing of Melina Koukoutchos and Siegle played clean tennis from start to finish in an 8-2 win that set the tone for the rest of the match, as the other two doubles duos quickly followed suit. Both the pairings of Kendall Baller/Mariam Haider and Molly MacDougall/Prozinski clamped down and took 8-6 victories themselves, and coming out of doubles the Owls held a 3-0 advantage.
Muhlenberg would still have plenty to say about the match, however, as the visitors got right back into the mix early on in singles. That all started with the play of Sara Finger at the top spot. The Mules junior showed off just why she is the two-time defending player of the week in the Centennial Conference with a 6-0, 6-0 win at number one singles. Finger is now in the midst of an 11-match winning streak and is 10-0 in conference play this year. That win would seem to give the other Mules life, as the visitors would first tie, then take the lead in the match with three more victories in a row.
Now facing a do-or-die moment in tonight's contest, the final two Owls left buckled down...and did. Prozinski got the comeback started with some tremendous play at sixth singles. The freshman displayed incredible calmness despite the situation, taking the first set by a score of 6-3. Prozinski then kept on rolling through the rest of her match, easily winning the second set by a score of 6-1 and tying the overall match score back up at 4-4.
That left the final result in the hands of Lizzie Siegle and Muhlenberg's Jamie Rosenblum. Fortunately for Bryn Mawr, they had just the right player for the job. Siegle continued her hot play as of late by cruising to a win in the opening set by a 6-2 score. The second set got a little tighter, as Rosenblum battled back to try and keep her team in the match. However, Siegle played strong down the final stretch, holding on to win the match at 6-4 and complete the thrilling 5-4 victory for the Owls.
Tonight's win marks the first time Bryn Mawr has won consecutive Centennial Conference matches since 2009. The team will look to make it three in a row, a feat never before accomplished in school history, when they get right back on the court Wednesday afternoon against Ursinus at 4:00 PM.