BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team closed out a busy homestand earlier Thursday afternoon with a tilt against Centennial Conference foes Gettysburg College. Despite strong battles from the Owls all over the court, it was the Bullets who ultimately walked away with an 8-1 win on the day.
Bryn Mawr kicked off their strong play with three very solid doubles matches. Lizzie Siegle and Sydney Kim were once again a force to be reckoned with at the top spot, playing solidly in numerous long rallies, with both partners coming up with some impressive shots. However, the pairing often could just not get that last killing blow in a rally, allowing their Gettysburg opponents to hang in and win a few points. That ultimately added up to an 8-3 win for the Bullets pairing. A similar story occurred in both second and third doubles, with Eram Haider and Caroline Horvatits losing an 8-4 decision at second doubles while Alice Podolsky and Francesca Caramazza lost 8-3 at the third spot.
Singles play saw almost every Owl in action put up a brilliant fight. Of particular note was the play of Mariam Haider, who picked up the lone win on the afternoon for Bryn Mawr. Haider would lose the first set in decisive 6-0 fashion, but showed tremendous grit and determination to stay in the fight. The junior returned the favor in the second set, winning 6-3 and forcing a tiebreak. That ended up being a marathon affair, with players from both sides getting to match point in the contest. However, Haider finally got back out in front, and on her second or third match point, the Chicago native got the job done. Haider outlasted Gettysburg's Maddie Class in one more long rally, seeing the Bullets player knock a forehand just over the baseline and claiming the victory with an emphatic and well-deserved "out" call.
Two other singles matches proved nearly as thrilling in nature as Haider's win. The number one singles match was perhaps one of the most entertaining of the afternoon, with both Bryn Mawr's Lizzie Siegle and Gettysburg's Maria Martinovic throwing down some really impressive tennis. Siegle got off to a rough start in the match, getting broken right out of the gate. However, she would break back and get back in the set, only to see Martinovic hang on and win 6-4. The second set was even more thrilling, with Siegle and Martinovic staying on serve in the early going. However, the Owls junior began to frustrate her Gettysburg opponent, getting into some long rallies and then picking her spot beautifully to attack and claim big points. Ultimately, the set went all the way into a tiebreak, where Martinovic found one last bundle of energy, taking an early advantage and finally outlasting Siegle 7-4 in the second-set breaker. Alice Podolsky also had a similar result at sixth singles for the Owls. After losing 6-4 in the first frame, she too would force the second set into a long, grinding tiebreak. However, her Bullets opponent had just a few more good bounces than Podolsky on the day, as the Bryn Mawr freshman would ultimately lose 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
After a big week of tennis on their home courts, the Owls will now gear up to get back on the road this weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel to McDaniel on Saturday for a 1:00 PM match. Then, Bryn Mawr will head over to Ursinus next Monday at 4:00 PM before closing out the season at home on April 29th at 1:00 PM against Dickinson.