Tartan tennis teams defeat two Division I opponents

After defeating Slippery Rock University two weeks ago to open the spring tennis season, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s tennis teams took down Division I opponent Robert Morris University last Friday by scores of 7–0 and 6–1, respectively. The men played again on Saturday, defeating Temple University 6–3.

Men’s team

On Friday, the men’s tennis team swept Robert Morris with every Tartan taking their challenger in straight sets. The loss moves the Colonials to 0–3 in dual competition.

The Tartans’ victory on Saturday against Temple, a Division I school, moves Carnegie Mellon to 7–1 in dual play and evens the Owls at 3–3. The Tartans are now ranked 14th in Division III.

In the singles matches on Saturday, first-year Jon Spero defeated Pavlos Stephanides 6–1, 6–4 in the number-three singles. Junior Andrew Clearfield 6–3, 7–6 (5) and senior Jordan Koslosky (6–3, 6–0) also won their singles matches.

“We knew going in that [Temple] would be a hard match,” Spero said. “Temple plays in a competitive conference in Division I so of course they will have a very good team. This was one of our biggest tests of the season and I’m glad we were able to pull it out.”

“I think that this weekend...really set the tone for the spring semester, and provided great momentum for the tough season ahead,” Koslosky said. “I think that this weekend speaks volumes for the men’s tennis program. Being able to beat two Division I tennis teams in a single weekend is quite an accomplishment for a Division III team.”

Koslosky and first-year Ravi Raghavan teamed up to defeat their opponents 9–7. Spero and first-year James Muliawan (8–5) and Clearfield and sophomore Yiran Lui (8–6) also won their doubles matches.

“The most critical thing in both of the matches was us sweeping all three of the doubles matches,” Koslosky said. “Finishing the doubles matches [and] being up 3-0 gives all the singles players much more confidence and takes some of the pressure off. All of the singles players also raised their level of play to contribute to this successful weekend.”

The men’s tennis team is off from competition until Saturday, February 24 when they face Case Western Reserve University at 12:30 p.m. The matches will be held in the Pittsburgh Indoor Tennis Center.

Women’s team

With the win against Robert Morris, Carnegie Mellon’s women’s team moves to 3–1 in dual matches, while the Colonials drop to 0–2.

First-year Andrea Meythaler defeated Kali Delore 6–2, 6–0 in the number-one singles match to start the evening. Fellow first-years Alisa Liebowitz and Peggy Stankevich overpowered their opponents as well, by scores of 6–2, 6–0 and 6–0, 6–0, respectively.

Junior Samantha Schultz defeated Libby Shaw 6–1, 6–0 while sophomore Claire Weiss beat Kathryn Skopinski 6–1, 6–0 to end the single matches.

In the doubles competition, senior-junior-duo Mona Iyer and Amy Staloch overtook their opponents to win the number-one doubles match 8–1. Meythaler and Liebowitz won their match by the same score. Schultz and sophomore Claire Weiss rounded out the Tartans’ scoring, defeating their challengers 8–0.

“I am excited about the season because our team is really good,” Staloch said. “We have talent and more importantly, motivation.”

The only Carnegie Mellon loss came when Colonial player Hilary Newman beat senior Mai Otsuka 7–6(1), 6–2 in the number-five singles match.

“This week, we beat a Division I team, which gave everyone on the team confidence that we can be at the top of Division III,” Staloch said.

The women’s tennis team will join the men in Cleveland on Saturday, February 24. The women’s matches will begin at 4 p.m.