BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back in action earlier Wednesday afternoon looking to close the season out with their third win in a row. The Owls came close in that effort with some great wins on the day, but fell just short against the Bears of Ursinus by a 6-3 margin.
The visitors jumped out to an early lead in the match with wins at the second and third doubles spots. It appeared as if they might make it a clean 3-0 sweep, but the Owls' top pair had other ideas. Trailing 6-3 at one point, Melina Koukoutchos and Lizzie Siegle buckled down and went to work. The pairing chipped away at their deficit, ultimately tying things up at 6-6. The two sides then traded sets, pushing the match to 7-7. Bryn Mawr held their serve to make it 8-7, and then the Owls used all that positive momentum from the comeback to take the match. Koukoutchos and Siegle quickly went up 0-40, and ultimately the duo was able to close out their Ursinus foes to win their match in 9-7 fashion.
Bryn Mawr continued to battle throughout singles, constantly putting their opponents under pressure on the day. Koukoutchos and Siegle kept their success rolling with strong performances alone as well. Koukoutchos played the match of the day for the Owls at the top singles spot. The senior captain flummoxed her opponent with an incredible will to keep the ball in play. Koukoutchos repeatedly got to shots and made returns on what seemed like potential winners for Ursinus, and that put immense pressure on her opponent Ashley Nguyen. The Ursinus star tried to fight back by hitting harder, more precise shots, but it was apparent that Koukoutchos' determination had gotten the better of her. In the end, Koukoutchos closed out her Bryn Mawr career in spectacular fashion, playing a complete match in a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Siegle picked up another win for the Owls at the second spot. Though her win may not have come as easily as Koukoutchos', Siegle showed some grit in the second set herself. After cruising to a 6-2 win in the opener, the Bryn Mawr sophomore found herself down 4-3 in the second set. However, Siegle was able to hang on and rally, winning the next three games and completing the win in 6-2, 6-4 fashion.
Unfortunately for the Owls, the rest of the singles contests did not go as well. Ursinus showed some strong play of their own at the other four spots, including a 6-1, 6-1 win and a 6-2, 6-1 win. At third singles, senior Kendall Baller attempted to finish out her own Bryn Mawr career in style, but it just wasn't meant to be on this day against a tough opponent. In the end, it was Ursinus who completed the victory with those four wins in 6-3 fashion.
The Owls close out their season with six wins, the second-most for Bryn Mawr tennis since the 2006 season. Bryn Mawr will look to continue to improve on that mark when they get back in action next fall, but first they thank seniors Melina Koukoutchos, Kendall Baller, and Molly MacDougall one final time for all of their important contributions to the program!