Men’s and women’s tennis defeat Case at home
Last Saturday, Carnegie Mellon’s tennis teams hosted Case Western Reserve University in the Pittsburgh Indoor Tennis Center. The men’s and women’s teams continued to steamroll their competition; they defeated Case by scores of 6–3 and 9–0, respectively.
The win on Saturday moved the men’s team to 8–1 for the season.
In the singles matches, first-year James Muliawan beat Case player Joe Smetona 6–2, 6–3 in the number-one singles match. Sophomore Yiran Liu (6–4, 6–3) and first-year Ravi Raghavan (6–2, 6–4) also defeated their competitors.
Junior Andrew Clearfield demolished his opponent 6–0, 6–1, while senior Jordan Koslosky narrowly lost his match 3–6, 6–2, 9–11. First-year Jon Spero also lost a close match against Case opponent Ben Sinder 4–6, 6–4, 3–10.
“The wins against the Division I schools, especially Temple [on February 10], gave us a lot of confidence heading into Division III play,” Spero said. “Those wins let us know that we can hang with the best Division III teams in the country.”
Although Raghavan and Koslosky lost the first doubles match 4–8, the Tartans second and third doubles team defeated their opponents. Muliawan and Spero teamed up to win 8–6, while Liu and Clearfield also won 8–4.
The men’s team will travel to California to train over spring break and return to action on Wednesday, March 14 when it faces UAA opponent New York University.
“We only have one loss so far and that was a very close and winnable match for us, so I think we are happy with our performance,” Spero said. “The California trip will tell us a lot about where we stand amongst the top teams in Division III, and of course we will look to have a great showing at the year-end NCAA championships.”
After sweeping every match against Case on Saturday afternoon, the women’s team moved to 4–1 for the season.
In the number-one singles match, junior Amy Staloch easily defeated Case player Kristin Ko 6–0, 6–2. In the next four matchups, senior Mona Iyer, first-years Andrea Meythaler and Alisa Liebowitz, and junior Samantha Schultz won all their respective matches 6–1, 6–0.
Sophomore Claire Weiss finished the singles play with a victory over opponent Tope Pedro 6–0, 6–0.
Iyer and Staloch teamed up to easily beat the opposing number-one doubles team 8–0. Meythaler and Liebowitz followed with a repeat performance, also beating their opponents 8–0. Weiss and Schultz won their doubles match 8–1 and sealed the Tartans’ overall victory.
The women’s team will join the men in California over spring break before facing Swarthmore College on Tuesday, March 13.