CARLISLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back on the hardcourt to close out their season earlier Saturday afternoon, as the Owls traveled over to central Pennsylvania to take on Dickinson College. Bryn Mawr put up a great fight in all nine matches, winning games in each spot, but ultimately the Red Devils were able to come away with a 9-0 win on the day.
The Owls started out strong in doubles, particularly at the third and first spots. At second doubles, Francesca Caramazza and Caroline Horvatits battled hard all morning, but were only able to claim a game against some strong play from their opponents in an 8-1 loss. However, Bryn Mawr had a bit more success at the top spot, where Lizzie Siegle and Mariam Haider played their final collegiate match together. The seniors fought the whole way though against some Dickinson's top competitors, but the Owls could win just three games in a tough 8-3 loss. In third doubles, it was another senior pairing who had the best performance for the Owls in doubles. Abbygail Brewster and Jennifer Laske meshed well together, combining some strong play at the net with endurance to win some long rallies, and the Owls duo was able to win four games in their match. Unfortunately, Dickinson's pairing was just able to outlast their Bryn Mawr foes in some key points, allowing the hosts to come away with the 8-4 win and a clean sweep of doubles.
Over in singles, it was Siegle leading the way with a great effort in her final match as an Owl. The California native fought hard throughout the first set, pushing her opponent almost to the brink, but came up just short. The second set was a similar result, as Siegle left everything on the court, but ultimately took a tough 4-6, 3-6 loss to close out her career. Haider faced a tough challenge at second singles, but she was able to take a game in the first set thanks to some really gutty play and hard work. However, Dickinson's player came up too strong in the second set, and despite Haider's incredible battle, she came up on the short end of a 1-6, 0-6 loss. Caroline Horvatits took a similarly tough loss at third singles, losing her match 0-6, 1-6. At fourth singles, Laske shined one more time for the Owls, winning three games in the first set, and then pouring on the effort even more in the second set. However, she too just ran out of points in the end, ultimately suffering a tough 3-6, 4-6 defeat. Christina Xue got her final action of the 2018 season at fifth singles, but also lost a tough match by a score of 3-6, 2-6. Caramazza closed out the day for the Owls at sixth singles with a great effort, but tough loss of her own by a score of 1-6, 3-6.
Today's result marks the final match for the career of the Owls' four seniors this season. Abbygail Brewster closes out her career as one of the most vocal and proudest Owls in recent team history, and she finishes out her career with three singles wins and a 5-9 record in doubles play. Mariam Haider seemingly played in every contest for the Owls over her four-year career, closing out her time as an Owl with nine victories in singles and five doubles wins. Jennifer Laske has left an incredible mark on the team in her time at Bryn Mawr, and she closes out her career with six singles wins and a victory in doubles. Lizzie Siegle has been one of the most successful Owls tennis players in recent memory. She leaves Bryn Mawr after collecting the third-most singles wins (29) and the second-most doubles wins (22) in recorded program history.
Despite the graduation of these four senior stars, the Owls will be right back in action next fall with some talented returners and some valuable new additions to the program!