COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back in action earlier Wednesday afternoon for their final road trip of the 2017 campaign. The Owls traveled over to Ursinus to take on a plucky Bears team in a matchup that has been quite competitive over recent years. Despite Bryn Mawr's best efforts, however, today it was Ursinus who came away victorious with a 9-0 win over the Owls.
Ursinus got out of the gate quickly with wins at second and third doubles. Lizzie Siegle and Sydney Kim teamed up at first doubles in the strongest match of the three for Bryn Mawr. Siegle and Kim were able to battle their way through some difficult stretches and stay in the match, but ultimately a few breaks went Ursinus' way and the Bears took the third point 8-5.
Bryn Mawr was unable to keep Ursinus from clinching the match as singles play got underway. The Bears won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and 6-1, 6-0 at the sixth position to get the five points needed to win the day. However, there was still plenty of solid action on the courts. Kim's match at third singles was the next to end, but not before she put up a valiant fight in a tough 6-4, 6-3 loss. Caroline Horvatits suffered a similar result at fifth singles, as the freshman played some very strong tennis but ultimately lost 6-4, 6-3.
The Owls got their best chances at a win at first and fourth singles. At the top spot, Siegle was back in action and looking for some revenge against one of her earlier doubles opponents. The first set of their singles match went back and forth, with both players making some tremendous shots and combining for great rallies. Ultimately, that set went to a tiebreaker, where Siegle battled hard, but lost 7-5 in the tiebreak to lose the opening set 7-6. The junior kept the fight going in the second set as well, but ultimately lost 6-4 in that frame to give Ursinus the point at first singles. Mariam Haider played another highly entertaining match for the Owls at fourth singles. The junior gave her opponent all she could handle in the first set, but ultimately lost 7-5. That didn't stop Haider from battling in the second frame, where she ultimately forced a tiebreak. This time, the Owls player was successful, winning 7-3 and forcing a third tiebreaker for the match. Unfortunately, Haider came up just a few points short, as Ursinus' Ariel Danziger claimed the match with a 10-6 win in the breaker.
Bryn Mawr will return home Saturday for their final match of 2017, as they welcome Dickinson to campus for a 1:00 PM match.