Men’s and women’s tennis compete in Maryland

Over the weekend, the men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams traveled to Maryland to compete against Johns Hopkins University and Washington College. The men’s team won both matches, while the women fell to Johns Hopkins before defeating Washington.

Men’s tennis

On Saturday, the men’s team defeated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 6–3.

In the number-one singles match, first-year James Muliawan lost a tight match to Johns Hopkins player David Maldow, 5–7, 3–6. “I think I played pretty well,” Muliawan said. “[David] and I go a long way back. We played tennis against each other since we were really young.”

The Tartans rebounded to win the number-two through number-five singles matches. First-years Ravi Raghavan (6–4, 5–7, 6–3) and Jon Spero (3–6, 6–2, 7–5), sophomore Yiran Liu (6–3, 5–7, 6–2), and junior Andrew Clearfield (6–2, 6–3) all won their matches before senior Jordan Koslosky lost a tough match 6–1, 0–6, 6–7.

In doubles competition, Spero and Muliawan lost the first doubles 4–8. Raghavan and Liu went on to win the second doubles 8–4. Liu and Clearfield stamped the Tartan victory by winning the last doubles match 9–8.

“Overall, I’m happy with our performances,” head coach Andy Girard said. “We’re counting heavily on a lot of freshmen and they are really stepping up for us. [These] are all matches that are really important for us to win in terms of qualifying for the NCAA tournament in May.”

On Sunday, the Tartans extended their winning streak by defeating Washington 7–2. The win moved Carnegie Mellon to a 13–3 record for the season.

Muliawan suffered a loss against Washington’s Arthur Solis, but the Tartans swept the rest of the singles matches. Raghavan (6–2, 7–5), Spero (6–4, 6–4), Liu (6–2, 6–3), Clearfield (6–0, 6–1), and Koslosky (6–0, 6–0) all defeated their opponents.

Muliawan and Spero won the first doubles match 8–4. Liu and Clearfield won the final doubles match 8–3.

On Wednesday, the men will travel to Denison University for a 4 p.m. match.

Women’s tennis

On Saturday, the 10th-ranked Tartans fell to 26th-ranked Johns Hopkins 2–5.

To start the day, junior Amy Staloch defeated Johns Hopkins player Brittany Matava 5–7, 6–2, 6–4. The Tartans lost the next two singles matches before first-year Alisa Liebowitz won her match 6–0, 1–6, 6–3.

The women then lost all three doubles matches to the Blue Jays. Senior Mona Iyer and Staloch narrowly lost the first doubles 6–8, while Liebowtiz and first-year Andrea Meythaler lost an even closer match 8–9. Sophomore Claire Weiss and junior Amanda Schultz finished the day with a tough 4–8 loss.

On Sunday, the Tartans bounced back from Saturday’s loss to defeat host Washington College 7–2. The win moved Carnegie Mellon to a 7–4 record for the season.

Weiss lost a close singles match 6–4, 4–6, 9–11, but the rest of the Tartans won their singles matches. Staloch, Schultz, and Liebowtiz won all their respective matches 6–1, 6–1. Iyer and Meythaler won 6–4, 6–2 and 6–2, 6–2, respectively.

The doubles teams returned stronger on Sunday and won two out of three matches. Iyer and Staloch easily handled the first doubles match 8–2. Senior Mai Otsuka and Schultz also won their match 8–3, while Meythaler and Liebowitz lost a close match 6–8.

The women’s team will next face the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday at 4 p.m.