Tartans’ tennis team clinches 5–4 victory

The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team has once again proven why it finished No. 8 in the nation last year, this time by defeating the Division I Colonials of Robert Morris University, 5–4. After adding another win to their belts, the Tartans move to 6–2 for the year.

“Our only goal is to take care of business in every match. We have several first-years and lots of different doubles teams to work with, so playing non-league teams is a good warm-up for our regular season,” sophomoreHarsha Rao said.

Despite successful results against the Colonials in previous years, the Tartans got off to a bumpy start Saturday morning on the courts of Oxford Athletic Club. The usual duo of junior Jeremy King and sophomore Jooho Yu was not able to pull off a win at No. 3 doubles, and neither was the No. 2 team of senior Alex Nemerov and sophomore Harsha Rao. Pulling in the lone doubles win were senior Bobby MacTaggart and sophomore Duke Miller, who topped the Colonials’ Ricardo Horlie and Aaron Haas handily, 8–2.

The Tartans found themselves down 2–1 heading into singles play.For singles, Yu exited the court first with a 6–2, 6–1 win, followed by King on the next court, who won 6–3, 6–1. Nemerov topped his opponent in straight sets, and MacTaggart claimed victory in three sets to add the final two points.

“This year’s match against RMU was a lot closer than we expected. I think this shows we need to step up our game during practice and really solidify our strategies before we play UAA teams,” co-captain MacTaggart said. “Otherwise, I’m confident that we can hit last year’s ranking of eight, and with a bit of luck and hard work, hopefully break the top five.”

The Tartans will travel to Fredericksburg, Va., next weekend to compete in the National ITA Indoor Championships.

Editor’s note: Jeremy King is a staffwriter for The Tartan.