BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team was back on the court on Wednesday afternoon for another conference matchup. The Owls welcomed Haverford to campus for a midweek matchup, and the two teams put on quite the showing in a marathon contest.
The Fords picked up early wins at second and third doubles to open the match. Caroline Horvatits and Libby Hemp paired up at second doubles and fought hard, but came up on the wrong side of an 8-2 scoreline. Francesca Caramazza and Christina Xue also put on a solid effort at third doubles, but lost by an 8-1 margin.
The real thriller in doubles came at first singles, where Amalia Parrish and Audrey Camacho paired up to take on Haverford's Emily Shutman and Clara Farrehi. The Owls duo battled hard the whole way through their match, bringing the energy and giving the Fords' pairing all they could handle. The match was on serve midway through the lone set, but ultimately, the Haverford duo pulled away for an 8-5.
Parrish and Camacho each did a fantastic job of rebounding from that tough early loss with impressive performances in singles. Playing at the top singles spot, Parrish consistently came out on the winning end of hard-fought points, showing impressive determination and pulling off difficult shots seemingly with ease. It wasn't quite a perfectly played match, but it was the next-best thing, as Parrish pulled away to a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Her classmate Camacho had even more success at second singles, putting together a dominating performance from beginning to end. Camacho completely flummoxed her opponent in the first set, hardly losing a point en route to a 6-0 bageling in the first frame. Her play was nearly as flawless in the second set, as she was able to coast away to what ultimately was a 6-0, 6-2 victory on the day.
The Owls also came up on just the wrong end of a couple of difficult results at fifth and sixth singles. Francesca Caramazza played a very strong opening set against her fifth singles opponent, claiming a 6-3 win of that first frame. However, her Fords opponent battled back to win the second set 6-2. Caramazza put up a determined effort in the tiebreak, but fell just short by a 10-5 score in the end. At sixth singles, Libby Hemp fell behind early with a 6-2 loss in the opening set. However, she showed a very resilient attitude and just kept plugging away in the second set, taking her opponent deep into the frame. Ultimately, a tiebreak was needed to settle the score with the set deadlocked at 6-6, but Hemp came up just a bit short in the breaker. Her opponent won the tiebreak 7-1, ultimately putting Hemp on the wrong side of a 2-6, 6-7 loss.
Haverford also earned wins at third and fourth singles, as Horvatits and Xue each battled hard, but were only able to win three games combined across their two matches.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action tomorrow, as the Owls look to get back in the win column with a matchup against Goucher. That contest is slated for 4:00 PM down in Towson, Maryland.