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Women’s tennis beats #16 Mary Washington 8–1 on home courts

Sophomore Cze-Ja Tam runs to slice a backhand against number-16 Mary Washington. Tam helped contribute two points by winning both her singles and doubles quite easily.  (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff ) Sophomore Cze-Ja Tam runs to slice a backhand against number-16 Mary Washington. Tam helped contribute two points by winning both her singles and doubles quite easily. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff )

After once again hitting the top-10 board in Division III last week, the Carnegie Mellon women's tennis team earned their spot and defeated number-16 University of Mary Washington 8–1. The rebound win after two losses from last week put the Tartans at 9–5 for the season.

The Tartans wasted no time getting down to business. With quick 8–1 wins by the first doubles team of junior Ashley Herrick and sophomore Laura Chen and the third doubles team of sophomore Cze-Ja Tam and junior Jennifer Chui, the Tartans took a 2–0 lead. Sophomore Courtney Chin and first-year Alex Tapak had a streaky match, blowing a 3–0 lead before rallying to win 9–7 to give the Tartans their first doubles sweep since March 12.

Without breaking a step, the Tartans continued their domination by taking five of the six singles. Chen dropped only two games against Eagles top singles player Courtney Goimarac to win 6–1, 6–1. Chin didn't play as well at second singles, but battled to a third-set victory after being down a set, with a score of 5–7, 7–5, 1–0. Tapak was a trooper and also took out her opponent at third singles in a thrilling third set, 6–4, 3–6, 1–0. New to the singles lineup was junior Kelly Hart at the last singles position, who easily took out her opponent 6–2, 6–3.

"This was a good win for us," Hart said. "[Mary Washington] is a tough team, but I'm glad everyone was able to pull it out."

The Tartans took on number-17 Johns Hopkins University Sunday. Results will be posted online.