BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls tennis team took the court earlier Saturday morning for their first action of the 2019-20 season, and they kicked off their campaign with some fireworks. Bryn Mawr gave Division II opponents Shippensburg all they could handle on the day, winning six of seven matches played and taking two by default to claim an 8-1 win.
The dominance started in doubles, where the Owls claimed an easy win at the second spot. Caroline Horvatits and Libby Hemp paired up there and waltzed to an 8-2 victory, and they were soon followed up by Audrey Camacho and Skylar Korman at the top doubles spot. Camacho, returning for her sophomore year after earning First Team All-Centennial honors in her freshman season, and Korman, a first-year making her debut as an Owl, fended off all challenges from their opponents to claim an 8-5 win and give the Owls a big advantage headed to singles.
That momentum carried fully into singles, as the Owls gave Shippensburg hardly anything to work with. Camacho got things started with a 6-0, 6-0 bagelling of her opponent at first singles, setting the tone for the rest of the squad. Korman picked up a big win of her own in her first career singles match, taking a 6-2, 6-1 win at fourth singles. Francesca Caramazza did the same at fifth singles, taking an easy 6-1, 6-3 win in her match. Libby Hemp also got a nice win in her first singles action of the year, getting Bryn Mawr another point with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The lone spot the Raiders were able to make any headway was at second singles. Caroline Horvatits put up an impressive effort throughout her match, forcing a first set tiebreak, but came up just a few points on the wrong end of a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 scoreline. However, with the defaults, the Owls walked away 8-1 winners on the day.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action tomorrow as they travel over to New Jersey for the Stevens Doubles tournament.