Women’s tennis records nine victories over nationally ranked teams

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After winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team earned its number-three rank and went on to kick-start a hectic but certainly productive outdoor season with spring break training in Claremont, Calif. Training prepared the team for its five-game winning streak before it fell to nationally second-ranked Washington & Lee University 3–6 this past Saturday. The team rallied Sunday to overcome Johns Hopkins University 6-3.

The women’s tennis team improved its record to 15-1 after this weekend’s results.

Over spring break, the Tartans won over Chapman University 6-3, Pomona-Pitzer College 7-2, Redlands College 8-1, Bowdoin College 7-2, and the University of the South 7-2, maintaining their undefeated status. Each victory pulled the team higher up in national rankings, but unfortunately, when they arrived back on this coast to take on Washington & Lee, the team ran dry of good luck and could not pull through to overcome the Generals.

“Although we played a lot over break, we played top ranked teams and were able to get some great practice. It was super because we also got to relax a bit as well as play in amazing weather!” junior Danielle Rosenfeld said, “Everyone is playing really well and we’ve been working hard, so it’s nice to see the results our team has had this season.”

Carnegie Mellon handed over two of the three doubles matches, with losses from the duo of first-year Courtney Chin and sophomore Kelly Hart (9-7), and H&SS first-year Amanda Wu and first-year Jennifer Chui. The team of first-year Laura Chen and sophomore Ashley Herrick took the only doubles victory for the Tartans, dominating Katie Tabbs and Lauren Caire 8-2.

Washington & Lee overpowered the Tartans, earning four of the six points in singles with Chen (6-3, 6-4), Wu (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), Chui (6-4, 7-5), and junior Alisa Liebowitz (6-2, 6-1) falling to their opponents to leave Chin claiming a decisive 6-2, 6-3 win for third singles and first-year Cze-Ja Tam recorded a 7-5, 6-3 win for fifth singles.

Despite Saturday’s disappointment, the Tartans came back strong yesterday to take on hosting Johns Hopkins University to tally a 6-3 win. The team swept the doubles matches with the duo of Herrick and Chen commencing the shutouts at number-one doubles with a 8-5 victory. Inspired, Chin and Hart, along with Wu and Chui, went on to snatch their wins over the Hopkins sides in second and third doubles, respectively.

Carnegie Mellon split the singles competition with Chen taking first singles 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), Chin taking 6-0, 6-4 in number-three singles, and Liebowitz taking 7-5, 3-6 in number-five singles, 12-10 over their opponents. Chen confirmed her athleticism as she prevailed and grabbed the third-set tiebreaker in number-one singles.

“We’ve had a great run so far this season, but our loss to second-ranked Washington and Lee was both good and bad- it is always disappointing to lose, but this match also shows that we weren’t that far off from victory,” noted sophomore Jennifer Chui “ we found where we fell short and we can capitalize on this during future practices.”

The team will host the University of Pittsburgh this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on the campus tennis courts.