NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team kicked off their spring season earlier Saturday afternoon by taking part in the first day of their annual Seven Sisters Championship tournament. Head coach Doanh Wang and his team traveled up to Massachusetts to square off against four different sister-school rivals this weekend, opening play today against hosts Smith before taking on Wellesley.
The Owls had the early match this morning, as they opened the annual tournament by going head-to-head with the host school, Smith College. Bryn Mawr opened the contest in solid fashion, with wins at two of the three singles spots. Hannah Sherman and Lizzie Siegle each showed no signs of letting up after a fantastic fall campaign, as each student-athlete earned a victory for the Owls. Sherman topped her Pioneers opponent 6-2 in the first set of their match before blanking her in the second set, claiming a 6-2, 6-0 win on the day. Siegle had virtually as successful of a match, as she gave up just four games in her two sets en route to a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
However, the Pioneers kept it interesting by picking up wins at third singles and first doubles. Jennifer Laske put on a solid effort in her match but was unable to make any headway against Smith's Allison Ahern, giving the Pioneers their first point. At the top doubles spot, Mariam Haider and Caroline Horvatits each played some really tremendous tennis throughout what ended up being a hotly-contested affair. Ultimately, that duo forced the set all the way to an 8-8 deadlock, leading to a tiebreak. Unfortunately, Haider and Horvatits would come up just shy in today's contest, as Smith's pair claimed the breaker 7-5 to win the match 9-8.
That meant the first match of the day came down to the result at second doubles, where Abbygail Brewster and Francesca Caramazza paired up for the Owls. It was certainly a dramatic way to end the day, as both sides battled back and forth in the contest. However, the Bryn Mawr duo got the break they were looking for, and Brewster and Caramazza ultimately claimed an 8-6 win to seal the 3-2 victory in the match for Bryn Mawr.
Later on in the afternoon, Bryn Mawr got back on the court to take on Wellesley in their second match of the day. Despite a solid effort from every Owl in action, the final result ultimately went against the Owls, as the Blue claimed a 5-0 win of the match. Sherman once again showcased some top form at her spot at first singles and was able to win several games in each set, but ultimately lost 6-2, 6-2. Siegle had a great first set at second singles, taking four games and forcing her opponent to make some really tough shots, but ultimately Wellesley's Lizzy Kong held on to win 6-4, 6-1. Christina Xue got her first taste of Seven Sisters action by jumping into the third singles spot, and she showed some really bright spots as well. However, she would ultimately lose in straight sets. Doubles was a similar story for the Owls, as the high-powered Wellesley team managed to hold the duos of Haider/Horvatits and Brewster/Caramazza to just one game total en route to cinching the 5-0 win for the Blue.
Despite the result of the second match, there were still plenty of praiseworthy moments for the Owls on the day. Today marked the first time Bryn Mawr has won their first match at the Seven Sisters Championship tournament since 2007. They'll go for another pair of victories tomorrow when they face off against Mount Holyoke and Vassar - you can find all the available information on the 2018 Seven Sisters Championships right here.