Difficult week for Tartan tennis teams
The Tartan men’s tennis team fell short at the University of Mary Washington (Va.) this past weekend during a three-day tournament. During the tournament, the 22nd-ranked Tartans faced seventh-ranked Mary Washington, 16th-ranked Swarthmore (Pa.), and unranked Rhodes College (Ohio).
Carnegie Mellon kicked off the tournament against Mary Washington, suffering a setback as the Eagles swept the Tartans 9–0. The Tartans struggled to pick off a win, but the Eagles stood their ground, making the Tartans finish the day without forcing any matches to a three-game series.
The men faced Swarthmore next and again suffered defeat, losing 5–2 to the Garnets. Following the team’s loss they once again put up a formidable fight with the unranked Rhodes College, hoping to get a win out of the weekend. The grueling matchup became a heartbreaker as Rhodes College edged past the Tartans 4–3.
A notable mention in the midst of a draining weekend goes to fifth singles Jordan Koslosky, who held his own throughout the weekend and had very solid matches despite the intimidating opposition.
Following a tough weekend, head coach Andy Girard showed an undeniable faith and confidence in his players. “We knew this was going to be a big, tough match up this weekend; it has been a really rough schedule for us, but we have continued to play hard. We’ve definitely had better weekends, and hopefully we will do well in the upcoming weeks.”
On the women’s end of the tennis spectrum, the Carnegie Mellon women’s spring dual season opened with a formidable matchup against the division one University of Pittsburgh last Wednesday. The women put on a strong performance but was not able to fend off the Pittsburgh Panthers, who handed the Tartans a 7–2 defeat.
The first doubles team of Amy Staloch and Mona Iyer stepped up their play from behind at 3–4 to win five of the next six games, securing an 8–5 victory. Iyer continued the momentum to become the only Tartan to win in singles play. She finished strong with a 5–7, 6–2, 10–7 win over the Panthers’ number two singles player Leah Friedman. Fifth singles player Samantha Schultz managed to force the only other three-set match of the day, finishing 6–4, 4–6, 11–9.
This was an important matchup for the 14th-ranked women’s team. Iyer and Staloch’s doubles win has proven that the Tartan women can match up against quality Division I teams.
Coach Girard said of their performance, “It’s great how we have two college teams in Pittsburgh playing together; [Iyer and Staloch] are probably the best match up this year, and have been very sharp and played efficiently.”