Women’s tennis beats Case, Oberlin 9–0
The Tartans woman's tennis team had their first two dual matches of the season as they steamrolled their opponents on Saturday. They first shut out Case Western Reserve University, 9-0, before doing the same to Oberlin College. The victories kept their momentum going after a very successful ITA Regional tournament.
The Tartans' first blowout victory began at noon on Saturday against fellow University Athletic Association member Case Western. The ITA Regional champion doubles team of sophomore Laura Chen and junior Ashley Herrick opened up the competition with an easy 8-1 win over opponents Erika Lim and Emily Pham. Sophomores Courtney Chin and Cze-Ja Tam followed suit with their own victory, 8-4, before first-year Christina Brant and junior Kelly Hart shut out their opponents 8-0.
Singles play yielded equally favorable results for the Tartans against their in-conference opponents. Chen and Chin, who faced one another in the finals at the ITA tournament, kicked things off with victories at first and second singles respectively. First-year Alex Tapak battled to victory in her match up, 6-4, 7-5 and junior Jen Chui, Liebowitz, and Hart each won their singles matches as well, with Hart once again shutting out her opponent, 6-0, 6-0.
Senior Alisa Liebowitz shared her opinion of the sweep against Case Western. "Case's lineup was stronger this year, and it was a good test to see if we could step it up a level in our first dual match. One thing we need to work on however, is the mental aspect of our games. We tend to get a lead but a times let the opponent start to come back."
Three hours later, the Tartans did away with Oberlin, once again with relative ease. Each doubles team — Chen/Herrick, Chui/Tapak, and Brant/Tam — won their respective matches by 8-3 scores. Playing at first singles this time, Chin outdid her opponent 6-4, 6-0 before Chen followed with two 6-1 set wins to take her second match of the day. Chui and Tam continued the success with wins and Hart ended her successful singles day with another dominating victory 6-2, 6-0. Liebowitz and Brant also won their matches to secure the shutout victory.
"I think these matches are a good indicator of favorable results to come," Hart said about the two 9–0 shutouts. "We've been working really hard during practice, and it's nice to see it pay off. I think we all played pretty decently today."
Chen also shared her teammate's excitement. "We have been focusing on working on little things during practice, such as short crosscourt angles and moving forward during doubles. I think this gives us an extra edge," she commented. "Hopefully we can keep up this success next semester when the spring season starts."
The woman's fall season will come to an end after Chen and Herrick travel to Alabama Oct. 15-18 for the ITA National Championships. The tennis team will resume competition in February.