BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a beautiful day around the region earlier Tuesday, a perfect afternoon for some Centennial Conference tennis action. Bryn Mawr hit the hardcourt once again, looking to win for their third time in four matches. They faced some tough competition in bi-co rivals Haverford however, who came into the contest as the 13th-ranked team in the region. Despite a strong fight from the Owls in almost all of the nine matches, Haverford ultimately buckled down and walked away with an 8-1 win.
The Fords got off to a strong start in doubles, picking up a pair of 8-1 victories at both second and third doubles. However, the Owls put on a thrilling show at the top spot. Lizzie Siegle and Sydney Kim paired up there and immediately took a quick 2-0 lead in their match. After winning the opening game on serve, Siegle and Kim came back from 40-0 to break serve in the second, frustrating their opponents with strong play all over the court. Haverford's top pair would battle back to retake the lead, but Siegle and Kim would not go down quietly. The duo broke serve again late in the set, and had several chances to get back within 7-6, but the Fords would barely wiggle out of danger and take the match 8-5.
For Siegle, her strong play carried over into singles as well. Competing at the top spot, the junior pushed her opponent to the brink in the opening set, but lost that frame 7-5. However, she showed tremendous grit in battling back in the second, returning the favor with a 6-4 win of the set. That forced a tiebreak, where Siegle, after a marathon of a day, found enough left in the tank to outlast her opponent one more time, winning the breaker 10-7. That gave the Owls a big match win.
Unfortunately, the other breaks on the day would go against Bryn Mawr. Eram Haider had a strong showing at second singles, taking her opponent to the brink in the first set. However, she would come up just short in the set tiebreaker. Giving it another great effort in the second set, Haider came up just short once again, ultimately losing her match 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The other Haider sister, Mariam, also had a big fight in her contest at fourth singles. After losing the first set 6-3, Haider dug deep to take the second set nearly to the brink, but fell just a break short, losing the match 7-5 in the second frame.
The Owls also saw very close contests at fifth and sixth singles as well. At the fifth spot, Abbygail Brewster played a tremendous first set, outlasting her opponent in a tiebreak to win the frame 7-6 (9-7). However, that seemed to leave her a bit drained through the rest of the match, as Haverford's number five would win the second 6-0 and then take the tiebreak 10-5. Francesca Caramazza had similar results at sixth singles, where she came up just a bit short in the first set but won the second 6-4. However, she would also lose the tiebreak, and Haverford would ultimately win the day 8-1 overall.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Thursday with one more home league match. The Owls will welcome Gettysburg to campus in a couple days, with that match slated to start at 4:00 PM.