Tennis teams in tune-ups for UAA Championships
Fifteenth-ranked Swarthmore proved to be too much for the men?s tennis team this weekend as the Tartans dropped a 2?5 decision Saturday. Despite strong performances in doubles play and a slew of matches that went to three sets, the men were worn down by a strong Swarthmore team. The loss drops Carnegie Mellon to 9?5 overall.
The Tartans came out strong, running through doubles play to earn the first point of the match. The combination of senior Boris Sofman and sophomore Jordan Koslosky powered through to an 8?5 victory at first doubles that set the stage for the men. First-years Andrew Clearfield and Stephen Kuhn finished off the scoring with an 8-?2 win over Justin Durand and Sam Sidhu oThe team was able to carry some of this momentum into singles competition, as Clearfield and junior Carl Yang sped off to quick first set victories, 3?6 and 1?6, respectively. However, their Swarthmore opponents came charging back to force third sets in both cases. Despite big efforts in the final sets, both men fell to their opponents, giving Swarthmore a 2?1 edge.
The Tartans were given a boost by the inspired play of sophomore Rex Carazo-Zapetis, who battled through two sets and into a tiebreaker with opponent Justin Durand. The fresher Carazo-Zapetis, who was not in doubles action, overpowered Durand to earn a 10?6 victory and give Carnegie Mellon their second point of the day.
However, this would prove to be the end of the scoring for the men, as Sofman, Kuhn, and Koslosky all lost tough singles matches to clinch it for Swarthmore. Though the loss is tough to take, will take a lot away from the fight. Despite the outcome, each match was a battle, and the Tartans will take a lot out of this experience.
On the opposite side, the
women?s team rolled to a
7?2 victory over California University of Pennsylvania last Monday. They took the momentum built after a strong match against the University of Pittsburgh and translated it into an easy win over CUP. Mona Iyer and Amy Staloch continued their stellar play, going a combined
32?6 in singles and doubles matches.
As Staloch and Iyer led the way, the rest of the team carried the Tartans to victory. Mai Otsuka, Grace Hwang, and Alison Liu all rolled to straight set victories against their CUP opponents, sealing the match for the Tartans. Also winning was the doubles team of Otsuka and Kavita Shah.
The 15th-ranked Tartan team seemed to have no trouble rolling over their opponents, winning each of their matches in straight sets. They will look to carry this outstanding play into the UAA Championships, which will be held April 15?17 at Brandeis University in Boston.
Both the men?s and women?s teams will have to deal with tough competition at the UAAs, mainly from Division III powerhouse Emory University. Emory is currently ranked third among men?s teams and first in the