BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team capped off their 2017 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon with one final home match. The Owls welcomed Dickinson to campus for a last Centennial Conference tilt this spring, and in the process, they also celebrated the career of their lone senior, Eram Haider.
Haider got the day off to a strong start for the Owls at second doubles. That pairing of Haider and Caroline Horvatits fell behind early on, going down 6-0 early after some strong shots by their Dickinson opponents. However, they would not give in so easily. Using some of her veteran leadership and experience, Haider dug deep and, with the help of strong play from Horvatits as well, the Owls duo battled back to win five of the next six games. Unfortunately, their rally came up just short, as Dickinson's Altschuler and Shea finally managed to stop the bleeding and close out the match, winning 8-5. Bryn Mawr also saw solid play at both of the other doubles matches. Lizzie Siegle and Sydney Kim were once again paired up, while Mariam Haider teamed with Abbygail Brewster at third doubles. However, despite the Owls' efforts, both of those matches ultimately went to Dickinson in 8-3 fashion.
Bryn Mawr was able to make some more noise as singles play started, but Dickinson would clinch the overall match win fairly early with a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles and a 6-0, 6-1 win at the fourth spot. Caroline Horvatits battled through tough conditions to get off to a strong start at fifth singles. However, she ultimately lost 6-3, 6-1 to Dickinson's Kuhns-Balone.
Lizzie Siegle played almost a perfect match at first singles. In a 6-1, 6-3 win, the junior completely frustrated her opponent with some fantastic hitting and finding corners all over the court. Siegle's win was her seventh singles victory of the year and it gave her a .500 record on the season in singles. Another entertaining match was found at sixth singles. Francesca Caramazza fell 6-3 in the first set, but really buckled down in the second. With her opponent just a game away from taking the set, Caramazza left it all on the court and won three straight games to take the second set 7-5 and force a tiebreak. However, the exhausting effort she poured out caught back up in that tiebreak, as her Dickinson opponent won 10-3 to take the match.
Eram Haider's final singles match was a great capsule of the rest of her career. The senior battled through the heat and tightness with great effect, gutting her way through some very tough points and winning a few great rallies. She showed great determination throughout the match. Even when she went down a set, Haider continued to battle and go for every ball. However, on this day there would be no storybook ending for the senior, as Dickinson's Joana Nunes would win 6-2, 6-0.
Haider caps off her career with five wins in singles and 11 victories in doubles. This was by far the most impressive season for Haider, who stepped up to play second singles for the first time ever, and her doubles record this season was a solid 7-11 against some very tough competition.
Bryn Mawr closes out another solid season that saw them win several conference contests and almost beat an NCAA Division II team. The Owls will look to stay on the rise when they get back on the courts next fall.