Tartan men’s tennis places fourth at UAAs

The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team traveled to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio this week for the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships. The Tartans placed fourth in the tournament. The Tartans came into the tournament ranked 11th in the nation, the highest ranking in the program’s history. Friday, the third-seeded Tartans defeated sixth-seeded hosts Case 5–1. In a Saturday semifinal, however, the Tartans met their match in the second-seeded Washington University (Mo.) Bears for the second year in a row, falling 2–5. In the third-place match Sunday, the Tartans lost a hard-fought match to the University of Chicago.

On Friday afternoon, the Tartans easily handled Case, bringing their season record to 18–5. In the number-one singles, first-year James Muliawan won a tight second set to defeat Case player Joe Smetona 6–2, 7–6(4). In the second and third singles matches, first-years Ravi Raghavan and Jon Spero defeated their opponents 6–1, 6–2 and 6–3, 6–0, respectively.

Case claimed its only point of the match in the number-one doubles when brothers John and Joe Smetona edged Raghavan and sophomore Yiran Liu 9–8 (9–7). The doubles teams of junior Andrew Clearfield and Muliawan (8–2) and senior Jordan Koslosky and Spero (8–4) won their matches.

On Saturday, the Tartans took on the Bears in a battle of the third seed versus the second seed. However, the Tartans were unable to pull off the upset, losing 2–5. In singles, Spero won Carnegie Mellon’s only singles match, 6–4, 6–2, over Bears player Chris Hoeland. In doubles, Clearfield and Muliawan won 8–3. The loss brought the Tartans’ record to 18–6.

On Sunday, the Tartans attempted to defend their third-place finish from last year against the 10–7 University of Chicago. Despite starting well, with singles victories by Muliawan (6–1, 6–3), Spero (6–4 6–3), and Liu (3–6, 6–3 ,10–5), the Tartans lost 3–6 to Chicago. The Tartans had their chances in the doubles, but Clearfield and Muliawan lost a heartbreaker 8–9 (8–10) to Chicago players Brinker and Schneider. Liu and Koslosky lost a close match as well, 7–9.

The Tartans finished in fourth place, one place behind their third-place finish the previous year. With an 18–7 record, the men’s tennis team will wait to hear whether or not they will recieve a bid to travel to St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the NCAA regionals.