Women’s tennis hosts Carnegie Mellon Invitational

A Division III NCAA championship? Some teams may cower to expectations of that magnitude, but not the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team. After each member of the team played four to five matches over the weekend in the Carnegie Mellon Tennis Invitational, it’s hard to refute such swagger.

Other schools participating in the invitational included Division I Duquesne University, Division III Slippery Rock University, and Division I California University of Pennsylvania. The tournament was divided into four flights, which are similar to tournament brackets. Carnegie Mellon did well in the tournament, earning spots in the finals for three of the four flights.

Sophomore Danielle Rosenfeld, who won first place in her flight, feels her team has realized how hard they have to work to be champions. “We only had a week to practice before this tournament,” she said. “I think this invitational has motivated us to practice hard.”

Sophomore Jennifer Chui, first-year Courtney Chin, and first-year Cze-Ja Tam were in the finals of their flights. The Tartan team was especially successful in the doubles matches, as sophomores Kelly Hart and Ashley Herrick teamed up to win first place in the second flight while first-years Amanda Wu and Laura Chen won first place in the third flight.

Head coach Andrew Girard is proud and excited for the energy the team has accumulated thus far. “This has been the best we’ve done and I think this could be a historic season,” he said. “As long as we continue to improve and control the things you can, the championships will take care of itself.”

The women’s team next competes at the Oberlin Invitational this weekend. The men’s team starts the season at home against Roger Morris Friday at 4:30 p.m.