Ljuboja and Muliawan win men’s regional tournament

Men’s and women’s tennis teams competed away from Carnegie Mellon this week. Two Tartan men found success in Salisbury, Md., while the women fell in California, Pa., 8–1.

Men’s tennis

A pair of first-years led the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team last Monday, the final day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South Regional Men’s Tennis Championships.

Nikola Ljuboja and James Muliawan won the doubles regional championship by defeating Alex Buxbaum and Thomas Kinrade of Haverford College 8–6. Ljubolja and Muliawan fell behind 6–4 before reeling off four straight games to win the championship.

“We were down 6–4 when our coaches told us to return more down the line because the other team was leaving it open,” Ljubolja said. “We then took control of the net and won four straight games easily.”

Muliawan also made the singles final, but was defeated by John James of Mary Washington University 6–4, 6–4. First-year Jon Spero also made it to the final day, but lost a semifinal match to David Maldow of Johns Hopkins University 6–1, 6–3.

Ljubolja and Muliawan will next travel to the ITA National Small College Championships at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers on Thursday.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team traveled to California University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday to take on the Vulcans in a dual matchup. The Tartans fell to the Division II Vulcans 8–1, moving the Tartans to 1–1 in dual competition.

Senior Mai Otsuka captured the Tartans’ only win in the number-six singles match against Lauren Hovey. Otsuka defeated Hovey 6–1, 6–0. Sophomore Claire Weiss fell to Helena Van Eysendeyk 6–1, 6–0. First-years Alisa Liebowitz and Andrea Meythaler fell to their opponents 6–4, 6–2 and 6–1, 6–2, respectively. Senior Mona Iyer was defeated by Lisa Santoro 5–7, 6–1, 10–5, and junior Amy Staloch fell to Inga Chilingaryan 6–1, 6–2 in the number-one singles.

Iyer and Staloch lost to Chilingaryan and Yumi Matsuto 8–1 in the number-one doubles match. Meythaler and Liebowit and Otsuka and Weiss had similar fates, losing their doubles matches 8–2 and 8–0, respectively.