Women’s tennis has high goals
After coming off a strong fall season, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team looks to continue its success in an always-challenging spring season. The Tartans are currently ranked number six in the country, coming off an undefeated fall that featured a variety of accolades.
Last year, the team finished the season with a 21–3 record, earned its first showing in the history of Carnegie Mellon at the NCAA Championships, and took second at the UAA championships after falling 4–5 to Emory in the finals.
Opposing teams will have nightmares about the Tartans’ deep lineup, starting with sophomore phenomenon Laura Chen. Chen, who starts at number-one singles, is coming off her second consecutive ITA regional championship in both singles and doubles. Sophomore Courtney Chin also had a strong fall season, placing second behind Chen in the ITA regional tournament and finishing number four in the regional rankings. First-year Alex Tapak, who is ranked number 13 in the region, completes an intimidating top three of a team that stands to be one of the best in Carnegie Mellon’s history.
The Tartans have circled the dates of Feb. 26–28 as one of the most crucial periods of their season. This marks the start of ITA Indoor Nationals, where the Tartans are defending champions and where they have always experienced a good deal of success. It also could be an important match to start out the team on the right foot, and it would give them a great deal of confidence throughout the season. The Tartans have made winning this tournament one of their main goals.
“We have been looking forward to this tournament ever since we came back from school,” Chen said. “If we defend our title, it would be a defining moment early in the season that should be able to set the tone for the rest of the year.”
Carnegie Mellon begins the quest for the number-one ranking on Saturday, Feb. 13, against Slippery Rock University and Penn State Behrend at the Oxford North Athletic Club.