Men’s tennis falls 6–3 to Kenyon on the road

Senior Alex Nemerov hits a backhand during a match. (credit: File Photo) Senior Alex Nemerov hits a backhand during a match. (credit: File Photo)

The No. 8 Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team traveled to Gambier, Ohio to take on the No. 12 Lords of Kenyon College last Saturday, but fell 6–3 after missing the opportunity to clinch a few vital matches. The Lords also had home court advantage, with dozens of fans yelling and rattling the stadium after each point the Lords won. This match puts the Tartans at 7–5 for the season.

The first point the Tartans won was from the No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Harsha Rao and sophomore Jooho Yu, who topped Kenyon’s Kevin Ye and Jake Matthews 8–6. At No. 1 singles, senior Alex Nemerov rebounded after losing the first set 6–2 to win the next two 6–3, 6–2.

Both junior Jeremy King and Yu put up fights during their respective matches, but lost in three sets. The final point came from Rao, who handily beat his opponent 6–4, 6–2.

Another honorable mention goes to Yu, who came within two points of taking down the Lords’ Austin Griffin, losing 6–4, 3–6, 10–8.

“We beat them last year, but then again both our teams lost two vital people from our lineups,” Nemerov commented. “If we had been playing a bit sharper then we could have won, but that’s just something we need to work on during practice. We have the rest of the season to redeem ourselves.”

The Tartans will play their next dual match at home against Walsh University on March 19 at 10 a.m.