Men's tennis places seventh in UAAs
A long drawn-out battle against Brandeis ended the men?s tennis team?s UAA tournament run Saturday. The team lost a tough match, 3?4 to the Judges despite strong efforts in both singles and doubles play. Ultimately, the match came down to a third set tiebreaker between sophomore Jordan Koslosky and the Judges? Adam Sher at fifth singles. When Sher pulled out a marathon victory, it spelled doom for the Tartans.
The match started well for Carnegie Mellon, who took the doubles point by winning two of three sets in doubles competition. First-years Andrew Clearfield and Stephen Kuhn continued their strong paired play, breezing to an 8?4 victory, while the second team, led by first-year Ryan Laws, pulled out a tough match, winning in extra sets 9?7. Behind this strong play and now ahead 1?0, the Tartans looked to capitalize in singles play.
Kuhn and Clearfield looked dominant again in the second half of the match, winning both their pairings without dropping a set. However, things began to get cloudy for the Tartans as number one singles player Sofman failed to close out his match and wound up on the losing end of a 5?7, 6?1, 6?1 decision. This, coupled with losses from Laws (2?6, 3?6) and junior Carl Yang (2?6, 1?6), knotted the match at 3?3.
The tie put immense pressure on the battle going on at fifth singles between Koslosky and Sher. Koslosky took an early advantage, winning the first set in a 7?5 tiebreaker before dropping the second set 3?6. This set the stage for a winner-take-all showdown where the winner of the set would also seal the victory for their team. The two fought to another tiebreaker, but eventually Sher wore down Koslosky and took the upper hand. He left with a 7?4 victory that gave Brandeis the match. They later went on to claim fifth place in the tournament.
After this loss, the Tartans came back to defeat New York University 5?1 and claim seventh place in the UAA tournament. Victorious for the men were Clearfield, Kuhn, Yang, Koslosky, and Yang, all in singles play. Doubles matches were not contested due to time restraints and the fact that the NYU could not win the match.
Though the divisional season is over, the team will continue play at home next week. They face Mercyhurst College here on campus Sunday afternoon. They will be back in action
May 7?8 for the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Editor?s note: Andrew Clearfield is a staffwriter for The Tartan.