Men’s tennis duo takes ITA title, team falls to Duquesne, Amherst
Two weeks ago, the men’s tennis team traveled to Fredericksburg, Va., for the annual ITA Regional Championships. Sophomore Duke Miller and senior Bobby MacTaggart paired to take home the doubles title. The duo quickly shut down a Swarthmore College duo 8–1, followed by an 8–3 win over a team from Haverford College. MacTaggart and Miller only dropped three games in their next match to reach the semifinals, where they topped Johns Hopkins University’s Casey Blythe and Andrew Wang 8–6.
In a heated final match, the Tartans defeated another top-ranked team from Hopkins, Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei, 7–5, 6–4, to take home the title. This is the first ITA win for both MacTaggart and Miller. The duo will travel to Mobile, Ala. next week to compete in the ITA National Championships.
“It was lots of eye formation, lots of coach coaching, lots of same-side playing, and slice serving,” Miller said, reflecting back on his matches. “I just try to sleep well and eat well and be ready for each match,” MacTaggart added.
The men’s team also hosted three tough teams last weekend, topping Division I Robert Morris University before falling to Division I Duquesne University and No. 2 Amherst College.
The morning match against Robert Morris University was quick and decisive. The Tartans took the early advantage by sweeping doubles. Miller and MacTaggart joined forces again to defeat the No. 1 team 8–2, followed by an 8–4 win at No. 2 doubles by sophomore Felix Hong and first-year Mason Radford. Doubles specialist junior Forrest Grinstead teamed with sophomore Civan Orhan to squeeze by with a 9–7 win for the third point.
Carnegie Mellon handled singles play with ease, with Miller, Orhan, and first-year Julian Pearlman winning their matches with four or less games dropped.
The Tartans, fresh from their quick 7–2 victory over the Colonials, found themselves struggling against Duquesne University later in the afternoon.
Duquesne overpowered the Tartans after the first round of doubles matches to enter singles play up 3–0. King and Miller came the closest to victory, shaving six games off of the Dukes’ first doubles team of Steve Herchko and Max Rubin.
The lone singles win for the Tartans came from sophomore Civan Orhan, who finished first with a 6–1, 6–1 win at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Jooho Yu almost earned a second point for the Tartans at No. 5 singles, splitting sets with the Dukes’ Jason Berry before falling 10–7 in the third-set tiebreak.
The men faced No. 2 Amherst College yesterday and fell 9–0. With this upsetting loss, the Tartans move to 2–2 for the season. This concludes the fall season for the Tartans; play will start again in February.