Women’s tennis triumphs over Kenyon

Senior Jennifer Chui hits a serve during a singles match. (credit: File Photo) Senior Jennifer Chui hits a serve during a singles match. (credit: File Photo)

This past Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team took on the Kenyon Lords at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The Tartans, ranked No. 8 in the nation, started off quickly as they caught the Lords off guard with their intensity. At the end of the day, none of the Carnegie Mellon women lost a match, and the team members went home feeling good about themselves after their last match before the all-important Indoor Nationals, which starts next weekend.

In the indoor athletic sports complex at Kenyon, the first doubles team of juniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin got Carnegie Mellon on the scoreboard, handling their opponents easily with a score of 8–1. The reunited team of senior Jennifer Chui and sophomore Alex Tapak put the Tartans up 2–0 with another routine win, until Carnegie Mellon completed the sweep as the third doubles team of junior Cze-Ja Tam and senior Ashley Herrick posted a methodical 8–5 victory.

With the 3–0 lead going into singles, the Tartans were able to relax and play their best tennis. After fighting through a tough first set, Chen was able to pull out the first singles win for the Tartans by the score of 7–5, 6–1. With all the momentum in their favor, the women won every match, with singles wins captured by Chin, Tapak, Chui, and Tam. Also winning at the sixth singles spot was first-year Madison Rabson, who fought in the closest singles match, winning the ninth victory in a match tiebreaker.

From here, the Tartans will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College next weekend, March 4–6, for the annual ITA Indoor Championships. Just two years ago, this team took home a surprising first place, which got the team to as high as No. 2 in the nation. With a convincing win under their belts, the Tartans are looking to make some noise in the tournament with their deep lineup and great team chemistry.

Editor’s Note: Courtney Chin is SciTech editor for The Tartan. Alex Tapak is Sports editor for The Tartan.