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Athlete Profile: Ashley Herrick and Laura Chen

Junior Ashley Herrick, left, and sophomore Laura Chen, right, won the ITA Southeast Regional doubles title last week. Junior Ashley Herrick, left, and sophomore Laura Chen, right, won the ITA Southeast Regional doubles title last week.

Coming off of a victorious weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional tournament, Carnegie Mellon’s women’s tennis team is on track from their strong showing last season. Most notably, sophomore Laura Chen and junior Ashley Herrick brought back the doubles title and earned a trip to the ITA National Tournament later this month. Chen also garnered the singles title at the regional tournament, although it was over sophomore teammate Courtney Chin.

Despite this, Chen, Herrick, and the rest of her fellow tennis players are extremely team-oriented and display a positive relationship with one another, which is prevalent in their athletic, collegiate, and social endeavors.

A sophomore from Port Washington, N.Y., Chen is majoring in information systems. Last season, Chen was named ITA National Rookie of the Year, and she seems to be living up to the title admirably. Chen chose Carnegie Mellon for its strong academics that accompany her chance to play tennis, and she says, “A student athlete is a student first.” An avid fan of the Food Network, Chen concedes that one of the team’s favorite traditions is to eat their favorite foods together, whether it be to fuel up for a match or just to spend time together.

Herrick, a junior from Amherst, Ohio majoring in psychology and biology, follows suit with the notion that both academics and athletics were driving factors for her to attend Carnegie Mellon. The daughter of a tennis instructor, Herrick was inspired by her mother to start tennis at the age of 6. She loves that the team is close-knit, citing their trip to Minnesota last season where they took the ITA Indoors National title as her most memorable event with the Tartans. Herrick emphasizes the value of the team’s relationship: “The closeness of our team is what makes me love tennis so much.”

By maintaining these tight friendships off the court, the Tartans tennis team is sure to continue their success on the clay.

Editor’s Note: Courtney Chin is a Sports Co-Editor for The Tartan.