Men’s and women’s tennis teams win two apiece

After the Tartans’ dual matchup against Grove City College was postponed on Tuesday, the men’s tennis team traveled to Albion College in Albion, Mich., on Friday to compete at the Great Lakes Men’s Tennis Championships. In addition to the Tartans, the tournament included teams from Albion, Calvin College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Wabash College, and the College of Wooster.

On Friday, Carnegie Mellon defeated the Calvin Knights 5–3. In the number-one singles match, first-year James Muliawan beat Knights player Ricky Tilton 7–5, 0–6, 6–4. Fellow first-year Jon Spero also won his singles match by a score of 6–1, 6–4. Sophomore Yiran Liu defeated Knights player Steve DeMaagd 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, and junior Andrew Clearfield beat his opponent 6–1, 6–0. In doubles competition, Clearfield and Liu defeated Dan Volkema and David Sneller 8–3 to secure the Tartan victory.

On Saturday, the men won a close semifinal match against Albion 5–4, before falling to the eighth-ranked DePauw team 0–5 in the championships. The Tartans’ dual match record moves to 17–4.

“[Albion] was really a great win,” senior Jordan Koslosky said. “We got down early in the doubles 2–1, and once again we had to fight back. However, during that time there wasn’t any sense of panic with any of the players. I feel that even though we have a young team, all of the close matches this season have made us extremely match-tough, and even though we were down, we had confidence in ourselves and the rest of the team that we would end the day with a victory.... [Depauw is] a very tough team, and I think most of us were mentally and physically burned out after our tough match versus Albion. All in all, it was a successful weekend for the team. We were seeded third and ended up placing second.”
Next the men’s team will host Washington and Lee University on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

On the women’s side, bad weather on Sunday moved the Tartans’ home matches to the indoor courts at Club 4 Life in Monroeville, Pa. The women faced Saint Vincent College and West Liberty State College. The Tartans defeated both teams, sweeping Saint Vincent 9–0 and taking West Liberty 7–2. The wins move Carnegie Mellon’s season record to 10–7 in dual matches.

The women’s team will travel to Cleveland this weekend to compete at the University Athletic Association championships, hosted by Case Western Reserve University.