BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr tennis team faced off against Immaculata and Arcadia earlier Saturday on their home court. In the first matchup of the day, the Owls used a strong start in doubles to take an early advantage over Immaculata. However, the Mighty Macs battled back in singles, winning the final two matches in play to claim a 5-4 comback win on the day.
Audrey Camacho and Skylar Korman got things started for Bryn Mawr with a dominant performance in their match at first doubles. The duo claimed an easy 8-2 win on their court, starting Bryn Mawr off with a win. Despite a loss at second doubles, the Owls were the ones taking an advantage into singles play thanks to a great effort from Francesca Caramazza and Christina Xue. That pairing teamed up to win ahard-fought 8-6 battled and give the Owls a 2-1 lead.
Singles got off to a bit of a rough start with losses by Camacho and Libby Hemp out of the gate. However, Caramazza and Xue were once again able to stabilize things for Bryn Mawr. Caramazza was the first to put a point on the board, getting out to a solid 6-3 win in her first set before holding off a late charge from her Immaculata opponent in the second set to win 7-5. Then, Xue followed up with a win of her own, never really allowing her opponent to get a foothold in a 6-3, 6-4 win at sixth singles. Back up at third singles, Korman had gotten off to a strong start, winning the first set 6-1. However, Immaculata's Annemarie Degnan scrapped and clawed her way back into the match, winning the second set 6-3 and then taking the deciding set by a 6-4 score.
That left the result of the match in the hands of Caroline Horvatits for the Owls and Morgan Jacob of Immaculata. The first set of that contest nearly went the distance, but Jacob held on late to win 7-5. Then, she had a chance to serve for the match with a 5-4 lead in the second set. However, Horvatits broke serve after several deuces, making it a 5-5 contest in the second frame. Unfortunately, Horvatits could not hold serve herself, giving Jacob a second opportunity to serve for the match. Once again, though, Horvatits broke back, making it 6-6 and sending the two players into a tiebreak. Horvatits took an early lead in the breaker, looking to force a decisive fifth set. However, Jacob buckled down and won several straight points to pull away to a lead, and she was finally able to make that stand up, winning the tiebreak 7-4. That result ultimately gave Immaculata the 5-4 win in the match.
The second contest of the day was a much better result for Bryn Mawr. Things started in a similar fashion, as the Owls picked up two points in doubles play. Camacho and Hemp put up a good fight at first doubles, but suffered a tough 8-5. However, both Horvatits and Korman at second doubles and Xue and Caramazza at third doubles were dominant in their matches, with neither duo losing a set.
Those results set the Owls up to go for the win in singles, and they were able to do just that. Caramazza and Xue continued their spectacular days, winning their matches at fifth and sixth singles 6-0, 6-0 to make it a 4-1 lead for the Owls. Now just needing to win one of the remaining four matches, Bryn Mawr instead got three wins. Camacho finished off her opponent in style, taking a relatively clean 6-3, 6-1 win at first singles. Korman won her match at third singles by the exact same scoreline. Hemp also earned a win at fourth singles, coasting her way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory and never really allowing her opponent a foothold. Horvatits also put in a strong shift at second singles, winning the opening set 6-2 before losing the second and ultimately retiring as the Owls already had the victory in hand.
With the win, Bryn Mawr wraps up their fall campaign with a 2-1 record and some valuable experience in several tournaments. Bryn Mawr will be back in action in the spring when the calendar rolls to March.