BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back in action on their home courts earlier Wednesday afternoon to take on Swarthmore. The forecasted rainy weather turned into a gorgeous early-April afternoon, giving players from both sides a perfect platform to display their craft. Despite a very strong battle from the Bryn Mawr side, it was Swarthmore who took the win in this battle between the two tri-co squads.
The visitors got off to a strong start in doubles, earning the win in all three matches. It was a slow start for Bryn Mawr early on, but the Owls started to shake off the rust and put together some very solid points as the day went on. That was particularly evident at first doubles, where the Owls pair of Eram Haider and Sydney Kim dug themselves a bit of a hole early. However, the duo fought back in the latter stages of the match, ultimately working their way back to win three games. Lizzie Siegle and Caroline Horvatits also put together some great rallies at second doubles, winning two games themselves.
That momentum from the end of doubles seemed to carry over into the start of singles for a few of the Owls players. Siegle played a very back-and-forth match against Swarthmore's Julia Gokhberg at the top singles spot, leading at multiple times throughout the first set. However, Gokhberg proved very tough to put away, playing a resilient style of tennis that kept her in every point. Siegle's play gave her an advantage on numerous rallies, but the Owls junior just barely missed the line on several key shots, and that seemed to swing the balance in favor of the Garnet player. Ultimately, Gokhberg managed to eek out a 7-5, 6-3 win.
Eram Haider also put on a strong showing at second singles, especially in the second set. Haider was able to take three games in that frame from her opponent, but ultimately lost a hard-fought 6-1, 6-3 match. In fifth singles, the younger Haider sister, Mariam, was right in the mix early on, but ended up taking a 6-2, 6-1 loss. Alice Podolsky, Bryn Mawr's first player to win a match at Johns Hopkins since 2010, put up another strong showing at sixth singles today, but ultimately fell 6-3, 6-2.
The Owls will be right back in action this weekend, as they travel up to New England for the annual Seven Sisters Championship, to be played Saturday and Sunday at Mount Holyoke.