GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team took on Centennial Conference foes Gettysburg College earlier Saturday afternoon on the road in another tough league matchup. The Owls put up a great battle on the day, particularly in singles action, but ultimately the Bullets were able to hold serve and claim a 9-0 win on the day.
Bryn Mawr's first doubles duo of Hannah Sherman and Lizzie Siegle led the way for the Owls in the opening part of today's match. The pair of Owls really clicked today, combining to give their Gettysburg opponents fits throughout their match. Sherman and Siegle ultimately forced the match to go the distance, winning seven games in the contest, but their opponents ultimately won the a decisive ninth game of their own to clinch a 9-7 win at the top spot. The Owls also put up solid fights at both second and third doubles, with the pairings of Caroline Horvatits and Francesca Caramazza and Mariam Haider and Christina Xue winning four games apiece, but those duos also came up just a bit short in their matches as well.
Over in singles, Sherman stayed hot, winning her first set at second singles. The first-year played very solidly in the opening frame, placing shots perfectly and picking the perfect times to attack against her opponent en route to a 6-3 win of the set. However, her Bullets opponent would not give up without a fight, winning the second set 6-1 to force Sherman into a decisive third frame. The Owls freshman buckled down and battled back into the match, winning three games in the third set. Unfortunately, ultimately Gettysburg's player won the third frame and clinched the set in 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 fashion.
The Owls also got another strong performance today out of fellow first-year Christina Xue. Playing at fifth singles, Xue dominated play in her opening set, running her opponent around the court and finding all the gaps en route to a 6-1 dismantling in the first frame. She went on to win four more games in the second set, almost clinching the win then and there, but Gettysburg's Maddie Class hung on late to win the set 6-4 and force a tiebreaker. In that breaker, Xue once again found her form, putting some great rallies together to win seven points, but Class just edged her out in the end to win 10-7 and take the point.
Lizzie Siegle had a very strong start to her day at first singles, winning four games in the first set, but her Gettysburg opponent held on to win that frame and then took the match with a 6-0 win in the second set. At third singles, it was Haider who put on a strong showing by winning three games in the first set. Despite losing that first frame, she put on an even better showing in the second set, winning four more games. However, she too ultimately came up just a bit short on the day. The Owls also took tough losses at fourth and sixth singles as well. In her exhibition match, Abbygail Brewster claimed Bryn Mawr's lone win on the day, winning 8-6 against Gettysburg's Sydney Fischer.
Bryn Mawr will return home for their next match to take on Muhlenberg. The Owls have beaten the Mules in each of the past two seasons, and they'll look to make it three-for-three on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr tennis courts.