BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team finally got a perfect spring afternoon on which to play a Centennial Conference match this Friday, and the Owls certainly made perfect use of the gorgeous weather. Bryn Mawr played inspired tennis all throughout the lineup against visiting Muhlenberg, ultimately walking away with an impressive 8-1 victory over the Mules on the afternoon. Francesca Caramazza's 6-0, 6-0 win at the fifth spot sparked a near-sweep of singles play, while senior Lizzie Siegle lost just one game combined across her singles and doubles matches on the day to lead the Owls.
Siegle and Mariam Haider paired up at the top doubles spot on the day, and the senior duo ran riot right from the start. Their play blended perfectly on this afternoon, with Siegle making some well-spotted shots and chasing down some really tough returns on the baseline while Haider hit at least half-a-dozen memorable volleys at the net. The pair ran out to an early lead of at least four or five games before Muhlenberg finally scraped together a few points in a row to win a game of their own. However, Siegle and Haider would not be stopped, and the Owls ultimately picked up the first point in 8-1 fashion.
At second doubles, the Bryn Mawr pairing of Abbygail Brewster and Francesca Caramazza were nearly as unstoppable. Brewster and Caramazza also put up a great showing early on, at one point taking a 4-1 lead in the match. The Muhlenberg duo of Geetika Bhatia and Jourdyn Buckheit battled back to within a game by winning back-to-back games, but Caramazza and Brewster would not be stopped. They pulled together and won the next five games to put an end to the Mules rally and win the match 8-3. The Owls also picked up the point at third doubles by default.
In singles, Caramazza was right back in action at the fifth spot, and she didn't lose any of her momentum from that ending to the second doubles match. The Massachusetts native was completely dominant in her match, controlling play from start to finish in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep to get the Owls their first singles point. Siegle was equally as in control in her match at first singles, not losing a single game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 dominant victory. The Owls also earned a win at fourth singles, where Christina Xue kept her opponent at bay easily in a 6-2, 6-1 win. At third singles, Jennifer Laske saw her first action of the day, and though the senior put up a strong fight throughout the late afternoon, she ultimately came up on the wrong end of a 2-6, 2-6 scoreline.
The match of the day arguably came at second singles, where Haider faced off against Muhlenberg's Meghan Olsen. Those two proved to be an incredibly even pairing, with Haider showing some impressive grit by rallying and holding off a hard-charging Olsen to win the first set in 6-4 fashion. The Muhlenberg player battled back strong in the second set, taking a 5-0 lead out of the gate before winning the frame 6-1 to force a third set tiebreak. The breaker started off relatively evenly before Haider put a few points together to take a 6-3 lead. Then, it was Olsen's turn to go on a run, as she ultimately had a chance to win the match at 9-8 in the tiebreak. However, Haider forced extra points by winning the next rally, and she would go on to win two more straight to win the tiebreaker 11-9 and ultimately claim the match in 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (11-9) fashion.
Today's victory marks the third straight season that Bryn Mawr has defeated Muhlenberg. The Owls will be right back in action tomorrow (Saturday) in what should be incredibly seasonal conditions once again, as they will take on Franklin & Marshall at home at 11:00 AM.