MacTaggart and Miller win Championship
Last week at the ITA Regional Championships in Fredricksburg, Va., the fifth-seeded tandem of senior Bobby MacTaggart and sophomore Duke Miller took home the doubles title, upsetting the second-seed duo of Casey Blythe and Andrew Wang from Johns Hopkins University along the way. This is the first ITA title for both of the players, and the two will travel to Mobile, Ala. next week to compete in the ITA National Championships.
MacTaggart is a senior business major from Boonton, N.J. He chose to continue tennis in college because he liked the schedule of a Division III athletics program, and the Division I school he received a scholarship from was composed of all foreign-born players. The best part about the team, he said, is the dynamic between the players. “We give each other a hard time and rip on everyone a little, but at the end of the day we are all really close.” As co-captain, MacTaggart has plans to improve the tennis team even further — aiming to win two out of three doubles matches against each team, up the team’s concentration during important doubles drills, and rid his teammates of their fear of closing the net.
But outside of his duties to school and the team, MacTaggart just likes to kick back and enjoy life. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and researching stocks or the current financial markets. In the long term, MacTaggart hopes to one day do research for a large hedge fund.
The second half of the duo hails from Poway, Ca. Miller is a sophomore chemical and biomedical engineering major and was initially drawn to Carnegie Mellon because of the strong engineering and athletics programs. In his spare time, Miller enjoys “music production and kickin’ it with friends.” In the future, Miller hopes to find a job related to biomedical engineering.
Currently, Miller plays No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles and has high expectations for the team. “I think our team has a lot of potential to do well, especially if we stay strong in the off-season and continue to play tennis almost as much as we do now,” he said. Miller also enjoys playing doubles. “It’s always fresh,” Miller said, commenting on his doubles experiences with MacTaggart. “I never know what’s going to happen. We could lose the serve love–40, or we could win ITAs. We just go out there and play, and hope for the best.”