BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was right back in action on Saturday for a quick turnaround after a dominant win over Muhlenberg on Friday afternoon. The Owls looked to make it a two-for-two weekend when they faced off against Franklin & Marshall today, but the Diplomats were up for the challenge. Despite a strong effort throughout the Owls lineup, it was the Diplomats who ultimately came away with a 9-0 win on the day.
Bryn Mawr put on a solid showing in the opening doubles portion of the match, but Franklin & Marshall proved to be a worthy opponent from the start. The Diplomats took the point at second doubles in 8-0 fashion, then picked up another at first doubles with an 8-1 win. Abbygail Brewster and Francesca Caramazza gave Franklin & Marshall the most trouble in doubles at the third spot. That pairing has worked well for the Owls all season, and Caramazza and Brewster put on another solid performance today. The duo won three games and made their opponents work hard for every point, but ultimately the visitors won that match as well.
In singles, the Diplomats' momentum continued to build, as they clinched the day with quick wins at the third, fifth, and sixth singles spots. Christina Xue had another strong performance at fourth singles, winning games in each set, but she was unable to overcome early deficits in both sets in a tough loss. Lizzie Siegle once again carried the mantle at the top spot for Bryn Mawr, facing off against Franklin & Marshall's Allison Wolters. Siegle gave Wolters problems early on in the first set, winning three games quickly and forcing her opponent to run the baseline hard almost every rally in an effort to wear her down. However, Wolters found a second gear and ultimately claimed the point at first singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win.
Mariam Haider once again played a marathon match at second singles, facing off against the Diplomats' Sarah Haas. Haider lost the first set 6-3, but battled back with gusto in the second set, matching Haas blow-for-blow. After facing a 5-6 deficit late in the set and falling down 30-0 in that potentially decisive game, Haider showed great mettle by battling back and winning the game, forcing a second set tiebreaker. Unfortunately, Haas managed to claw her way back in front in the breaker and never looked back, winning the tiebreak 7-3 and taking the match.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Wednesday for a midweek tilt against Haverford. The Owls will look to get back in the win column against the Fords on the road, with Wednesday's match set to start at 4:00 PM in Haverford.