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Men’s tennis defeats W&J 8–1, falls to Johns Hopkins 3–6 on the road

The past few weeks have been busy for the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team, which spent spring break in southern California and won three out of five dual matches. The 13th-ranked Tartans last weekend also outplayed 19th-ranked Washington and Lee University 8–1 but dropped a 6-3 decision to 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins University the next day. These matches bring the Tartans to an overall record of 11-4.
Over spring break, the Tartans traveled to Chapman University in Orange, Calif. and left with a 7–2 victory. The team quickly snatched all three doubles matches to go up 3–0, followed by wins at second, third, fifth, and sixth singles for a decisive clinch. The next day at Claremont McKenna College, the Tartans went head to head against 20th-ranked University of Texas at Tyler and came out with a 6–3 victory, winning two doubles and four singles.

Despite the easy wins the previous two days, the Tartans faced tough competition against 13th-ranked Redlands University in Claremont and lost in a close battle, 5–4. After doubles play, the Tartans found themselves down 2-1, with the lone win coming from the doubles duo of junior Niko Ljuboja and sophomore Bobby MacTaggart. In singles play, MacTaggart, sophomore Alex Nemerov, and junior John Spero won their singles to bring the match score to 4–4. Junior James Muliawan was the last match on, but lost in a close 3–6, 7–6, 6–7 fight.

The next day, the Tartans were unable to redeem themselves against 11th-ranked Bowdoin College and dropped a 7–2 decision in sunny Palm Springs. After being unable to hold of the tough competition in doubles, the Tartans gave up an additional four singles, with the two wins coming from Spero and MacTaggart at third and fourth singles.

On the final day of spring break, the Tartans regained their momentum and easily defeated the University of the South 8–1. They kicked off the day by sweeping doubles and then winning five of six singles.
For the entire trip, Spero was the lone player who remained undefeated 5–0 in singles competition.

Last weekend, the Tartans traveled to Lexington, Va. to face 19th-ranked Washington and Lee University and won in a fast 8–1 victory. Immediately after the match, the Tartans once again hit the road to Baltimore to play 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins University. A slight hardship befell the team Saturday morning when one of their members became sick, so junior Ravi Raghavan flew in Saturday night to rescue the Tartans. Unfortunately, the Tartans fell in a 6–3 upset, with the only wins coming from Spero, senior Yiran Liu, and a doubles point from Muliawan and Ljuboja.

“This was an okay weekend for us, and even though we lost, everyone put in their best effort and tried their hardest. The loss against Hopkins showed us where some of our weaknesses are, so now we can work on them extra during practice,” Liu said.

“We take every match very seriously, so the loss to Hopkins is just a reminder that we need to keep focusing and working hard during every practice,” Muliawan added, “But overall, everyone played well, and this will help us better prepare for the UAAs next month.”

The Tartans gear up again this Thursday against Grove City College away for matches set to start at 4 p.m.