Tennis Takes on Nationally-Ranked Blue Jays

Christina Xue

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr's tennis team was back on the court for their first home meet of the spring season earlier Saturday. The Owls faced a difficult Centennial Conference opponent in Johns Hopkins, who came into the day ranked 18th in the ITA national rankings, but Bryn Mawr put up a great fight throughout the contest. Unfortunately, each match went the way of the visitors, as the Blue Jays ultimately walked away with a 9-0 win on the day.

Lizzie Siegle and Hannah Sherman once again paired up at the top doubles spot for the Owls, and the duo played some very solid tennis against their opponents, taking a couple games along the way. Caroline Horvatits and Francesca Caramazza did the same at second doubles, but in the end both duos would lose 8-2 in their matches. At third doubles, Mariam Haider and Christina Xue also put together some good rallies, but the took an 8-1 loss as Johns Hopkins swept doubles play.

Over in singles, Xue continued to have a strong day. The first-year player took on Johns Hopkins' Katie Gauch at fifth singles, and Xue made a good battle out of that contest. She won a game in each set played, the lone Bryn Mawr player to do so on the day. Siegle and Sherman also put on great fights in their first and second singles, with both players winning a game in the second set. Haider, Jennifer Laske, and Abbygail Brewster also gave it a great effort in singles, but in the end the Blue Jays showed off just why they are one of the top teams in the region by taking wins at all six singles matches to complete the 9-0 win.

Despite the tough loss, Coach Doanh Wang and the rest of the Owls have plenty of positives to draw from today's effort, and they'll look to get right back in the win column when they take the court next week. The Owls will be back on the road for their next contest, as they will travel to Swarthmore on Wednesday afternoon for a 4:00 PM tilt with the Garnet.