Oberlin overwhelmed by women’s tennis
Fresh off a successful Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team hosted Oberlin College in its first and only dual match of the fall. The team got things off on the right foot and deftly handled Oberlin in an 8–1 win.
Senior Jennifer Chui and junior Cze-Ja Tam, competing at third doubles, finished off their opponents first, taking an 8–3 decision from Oberlin’s Ariel Lewis and Julie Christensen. At second doubles, Tartan first-year Madison Rabson and senior Ashley Herrick also defeated their Yeowoman counterparts 8–3, before juniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin kept a good thing going with an 8–3 win of their own.
In singles competition, Rabson, competing at sixth singles, finished off her opponent quickly, 6–0, 6–2. Tam followed shortly thereafter with a 6–1, 6–0 win over Oberlin’s Preeya Shah, and Chen handed Lewis a 6–0, 6–3 defeat at first singles. Chin took her opponent in a 6–2, 6–1 win before Oberlin’s Carolyn Ball handed the Tartans their only defeat of the afternoon, beating first-year Sonya Subramaniam 7–6, 6–0. The Tartans wrapped up their victory with a marathon battle between Chui and Yeowoman Finley Gates that finally ended with Chui winning, 5–7, 6–2, 12–10.
“I would say it’s an improvement from my last match at ITAs,” Rabson said. “I love being on the team, especially doubles, and I’m really glad I’m playing for Carnegie Mellon. This has been such a fun experience so far.”
Although this semester’s competition may be over for most of the Tartans, Chen will cap off her fall season by traveling to Mobile, Ala., to compete at the ITA National Championships this week. The tournament lasts Thursday through Sunday. Chen, who finished second at nationals two years ago, will be looking to improve on her fourth-place finish at last year’s tournament.