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Men’s tennis defeat Division I Duquesne 4–3, improve to 13–5 record

Sophomore Alex Nemerov won both his single and doubles matches against Duquesne University on Wednesday. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff) Sophomore Alex Nemerov won both his single and doubles matches against Duquesne University on Wednesday. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff)

The 14th ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team had a change of schedule this week, taking a break from the usual dual matches against Division III opponents to win 4–3 against local Division I Duquesne University. The Tartans now stand at 13–5 for the season.

“We knew we would have our hands full with a Division I opponent. This team has beaten us many years in a row, and they are pretty banged up with injuries, so we knew we had a good chance. Our doubles [play] is getting better every match, and we really dominated start to finish on all three courts,” junior Jon Spero said. “In singles, we were a little shaky, but we got the job done. [Junior Ravi Raghavan] hasn’t played a lot of singles this year, so he isn’t very match tough, but he did a great job closing out two close sets to clinch the match for us.”

Although the Tartans played with official Division I scoring, in which all of the doubles matches count as a single point instead of three, they started off strong and swept all three doubles matches. The first doubles duo of Spero and sophomore Bobby MacTaggart dominated their opponents 8–3. Then the second doubles team of Raghavan and sophomore Alex Nemerov won 8–6, followed by a win from juniors James Muliawan and Nikola Ljuboja at third doubles, 8–5, to conclude the doubles competition with a Tartans sweep.

The victories did not just stop at doubles, and the Tartans were able to pull out three more singles wins to secure the match. Senior Yiran Liu nabbed the second point at fifth singles, steamrolling his opponent 6–1, 6–1. Adding to the total next was Nemerov at second singles, who snatched up a 6–4, 6–2 win, followed by Raghavan, who clinched the match at six singles, 7–5, 7–6 (7–5).

“This was a pretty exciting win for us, “ said Liu. “Since this was our last home match, it was nice to finish with a win against a good Division I team. I think this match is good preparation for the tournament coming up in a few weeks.”

The Tartans have a short break before they resume play in two weeks and try to defend their title at the Great Lakes Colleges Association tournament held in Crawfordsville, Ind.