Men's tennis sweep Robert Morris, go undefeated

The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team swept Division I Robert Morris University last Thursday in an 8–1 victory, bringing up the team’s winning streak to 3–0 overall. The Tartans swept all six singles and two of the three doubles, with only a single loss at first doubles and one set loss at number-two singles.

At first singles, sophomore Alex Nemerov won 6–3, 6–0, followed by junior James Muliawan 6–2, 7–6 (7–1); junior Ravi Raghavan 6–4, 6–3; first-year Jeremy King 6–3, 6–1; senior Yiran Liu 6–3, 6–1; and finally junior Nikola Ljuboja 6–3, 6–4.

Of the match, first-year Forrest Grinstead said, “The tennis match was pretty good. I think we could have played a little better, but this was my first actual college match, so I think I have stuff to improve on in the future.” On a lighter note, he added, “Tennis is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get.” His doubles partner, junior Jonathan Spero, said, “Forrest and I were not playing very well, but luckily we were able to pull it out. We were down 5–4 on serve and finally we got the break, and we were able to hang on to our own serve.”

In doubles, the second doubles duo of Nemerov/Raghavan won 8–3; third doubles Spero/Grinstead won 8–5. The first doubles team of Muliawan/Ljuboj lost in a close match 8–6.

Head coach Andrew Girard is excited for the rest of the season: “The team’s playing pretty well. This was the first home match of the year and everyone was fired up. I think we’re looking forward to taking another step forward from last year.”

The team’s next match will be during the first weekend of October and will travel to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. for the ITA Regional Tournament.