SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team traveled up to Mount Holyoke College earlier Saturday for day one of the 2017 Seven Sisters Tournament. The annual event is always a hit among student-athletes and fans, and is a chance for players from five like-minded colleges and universities to compete and fellowship for two days. On this opening day, Bryn Mawr squared off against Mount Holyoke and Vassar, two historically strong tennis programs. Despite some solid stretches of play, on this day the Owls dropped a pair of 5-0 decisions to their opponents.
Bryn Mawr opened the day with a morning match against Mount Holyoke, where they were able to win games in three out of the five matches. Eram and Mariam Haider paired up at second doubles, and though the first set was a wash, the duo battled back in the second. The Haiders ultimately won three games in the second, though their Holyoke opponents would win that match 6-0, 6-3. At first doubles, Lizzie Siegle and Caroline Horvatits were able to take just one game in the second set, losing 6-0, 6-1. In singles competition, Abbygail Brewster had the most success of the three Owls in action. The junior fought hard and won a game in each set in a 6-1, 6-1 loss. Sydney Kim and Alice Podolsky also saw action for Bryn Mawr.
In the afternoon match, Bryn Mawr took on Vassar, with a little more success in this one. Siegle paired up with Kim at the top doubles spot, and that duo seemed to mesh well. Siegle and Kim gave their opponents issues all day, staying neck-and-neck with the Vassar pair of Flournoy and Becker throughout the first set. However, the Owls duo finally lost serve and ultimately lost the opening set 6-4. Siegle and Kim tried to battle back in the second frame, but could only win two games and were forced to take a 6-4, 6-2 loss. At second doubles, the Haiders won a game in the first set in a tough 6-1, 6-0 loss. In singles, Francesca Caramazza was the big performer for Bryn Mawr. Playing in the third position, the freshman forced her opponent to go the distance in the first set, taking five games. However, the final game of the frame went against Caramazza, and she ultimately lost 7-5, 6-1. Horvatits and Brewster also saw action for the Owls in singles.
Bryn Mawr will be right back on the courts tomorrow to close out the tournament. The Owls will face off against Wellesley and Smith on day two.