Men’s and women’s tennis handily serve Case a defeat
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s tennis teams came up with victories over Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. The Tartans dominated the competition with a clean 7–0 sweep for the men and an 8–1 victory for the women. It was an important win for the 22nd-seeded Tartan men’s team, which bounced back from previous close losses to secure a blowout win. The Tartan women’s team also won by a large margin, winning all of their matches except one.
The men’s performance was led by third and fifth singles Stephen Kuhn and Spencer Svetcov, who both collected crucial wins for the Tartan men. Svetcov came up big with the win after a grueling three-set match (6–3, 5–7, 7–6(5)), edging his opponent in the final set via tiebreaker. First singles Yiran Liu also had a strong performance, winning the only two-set match for the men with a score of 7–6(4), 6–1. Another notable performance from the singles team came from second singles Andrew Clearfield, who bounced back from a second set 1–6 setback with a 6–4 performance to secure the win.
Complementing the successful run for the Tartan men’s singles, the men’s doubles also came up big with Svetcov and Ryan Thompson teaming up as third doubles to pull out a close match of 8–6. First doubles Liu and Carl Yang cruised with a score of 8–5, while second doubles Kuhn and Clearfield beat the opposition with a lopsided 8–3 win.
The women carried momentum from their six-game winning streak to extend the run, accenting their victory with a very impressive win by third singles Kelly Nakamura. The normally fifth singles Nakamura was in complete control of her game as she defeated the Case third singles with a 6–1, 6–0 performance. Similarly, first singles Mona Iyer beat her opponent 6–0, 6–1 and fifth singles Claire Weiss won 6–1, 6–0. All of the other Tartan women also secured their wins in straight sets. The women’s doubles were equally successful in helping the Tartans extend their winning streak, with first doubles Iyer and Amy Staloch leading the doubles team with a 8–2 triumph.
“The men are at their best performance of the year,” said head coach Andy Girard about the Tartan’s impressive sweep. “They have really stepped up their performance to get us the win.” The coach also had very positive comments for the women, who now are ranked 12th in the nation. “The women have continued to play very well, however, we have a big match coming up against ranked-second Washington & Lee University,” he said, but he is optimistic about the team’s upcoming match. “On both sides we have our best teams we have ever had; it will be a good chance to assert ourselves as the best team in the country.” The Tartans will compete against Washington & Lee University on March 4.