Men’s and women’s tennis defeats their competition
Senior tennis player Mona Iyer described it best when she said, “The fall season is just a tease for the spring.” While it may be a short tease of a season, Carnegie Mellon’s tennis teams certainly have a lot to be excited about — both the men’s and women’s team crushed their competition last week.
The women competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Women’s Tennis Tournament which was held at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. The tournament opened on Saturday, September 23, with the final round ending on Monday.
Three Tartan singles players — the most in the program’s history — and two doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Senior Amy Staloch, who won last year’s ITA national championship, defended her title and won the singles championship on Monday.
In the quarterfinals Sunday, Staloch defeated Katie Bouret of Washington & Lee University 6–0, 6–1 in a morning match-up. She then returned to the court to beat Anita Bhamidipati of Johns Hopkins University 6–1, 6–0.
Iyer beat Amy Sheetz of Mary Washington 6–0, 6–3 before falling to Sonya Reynolds of Swarthmore College 6–3, 6–2. First-year Alisa Liebowitz was also stopped in the quarterfinals when she fell to Katie Tabb of Washington & Lee 6–2, 6–0.
Iyer and Staloch paired up to beat Brittany Matava and Amanda Schubert of Johns Hopkins 8–5 and Lauren Claire and Weston of Washington & Lee by the same score to move onto the doubles finals. Liebowitz and first-year Andrea Meythaler also saw doubles action in the quarterfinals, falling to the Washington & Lee pair of Tabb and Ginny Wortham 8–3.
On Monday, Staloch and Iyer teamed up in the doubles championship match, but were unable to put together a victory, falling to Sonya Reynolds and Sara Sargent of Swarthmore 8–5.
“We did not have a lot of doubles match practice coming into the tournament. We played well, but were a little rusty and were not playing our absolute best,” Iyer said. “The championship match just came down to us missing shots we normally do not miss.”
In the singles semifinals, Staloch faced Wortham. “Ginny is a very consistent player,” Staloch said. “Her weapon against most players is to frustrate them by never missing. I knew this going into the match, as I’ve played her before and watched her play a lot.”
Staloch played patiently, defeating Wortham 6–4, 6–4. “I knew that I had to just show her that I could be consistent too,” Staloch said. “I had to wait for my opportunities and realize that she would get to more balls than most players. I think what helped me win that match was just knowing those things and staying calm.”
In the championship match, Staloch defeated second-seeded Tabb 6–4, 6–4. “Katie Tabb is an excellent player,” Staloch said. “Her biggest weapon was her serve. I think after I figured out how to get my return back against her, I started putting a lot of pressure on her service games. In the second set, I was down 1–4 and came back to win it 6–4. I think that she started to feel the pressure, which helped me win five games in a row.”
Staloch moves on to compete at the ITA National Small College Championships at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers homecoming weekend.
On the men’s side, the Tartans also found success. On Tuesday the men’s team took on Allegheny College in a dual matchup at home, dominating the Gators with a 9–0 victory.
The win brings the Tartans’ season record to 4–1 in dual competition and drops the Gators to 1–3.
Singles matches were won by senior Jordan Koslosky (6–3, 6–4), sophomore Yiran Liu (6–1, 6–1), and first-years James Muliawan (6–1, 6–2), Jon Spero (6–2, 6–2), Nikola Ljuboja (6–1, 6–1), and Payom Dousti (6–2, 6–1).
In doubles competition, Carnegie Mellon’s pair of juniors Andrew Clearfield and Stephen Kuhn defeated opponents Waldman and Ye 8–3. Sophomores Spencer Svetcov and Ryan Thompson brought down doubles opponents Erickson and Nguyen 8–6.
Trying to build on the women’s success, the men’s team is competing at the ITA Regional Championships held at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., with championship play concluding today.
On the first day of the championship, Spero, Muliawan, Liu, and Clearfield each won two matches, sending them to the quarterfinals. The doubles pairs of Ljuboja and Muliawan, and Koslosky and first-year Ravi Raghavan, also won to move on to the second round.