Men’s tennis starts spring strong

This past weekend marked the start of the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis season, and after two days of dusting the rust off their rackets, the Tartans pulled away with two wins over Division I Bucknell University and Division II West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Tartans move to 5–2 overall.

On Friday night, the Tartans hosted the Bucknell Bison and notched a 6–3 win for their first match of the spring season. The Tartans gained momentum after the first round of doubles to go up 2–1. The senior-sophomore duo of Bobby MacTaggart and Duke Miller defeated their first opponents 8–6, followed by the junior-sophomore team of Jeremy King and Jooho Yu, who overcame their opponents 8–5. Four Tartans secured points for the win, and first off the court was senior Alex Nemerov at first singles, who topped Bucknell’s Evan Zimmer 6–3, 7–5. Miller battled out the fourth point in a three-set victory at No. 3 singles, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5, followed by another three-set win from sophomore Harsha Rao at No. 4 singles to secure the overall win.

“It was good to see we can hold our own after two months of no matches,” Nemerov said. “We have new blood and lots of seniors, so hopefully this will be a good year.”

The next day, the Tartans hosted West Virginia at nearby Oxford Athletic Club and took home another season win, 6–3.

This time, the Tartans swept the doubles, with an especially noteworthy win from MacTaggart and Miller over the Bobcats’ Marc Rosner and Alvaro Ochoa, 9–7. Rao and Miller once again took down their respective opponents to secure the final wins.

“It’s good to be back on the court again, and I have a good feeling about this season,” MacTaggart said. “I like how we have outside division matches so we can get back into rhythm and try out new doubles teams.”

The Tartans will gear up next week when they host Robert Morris University next Saturday at 10 a.m. These matches serve as preparation for Indoor Nationals, which will occur Feb. 18th at the University of Mary Washington.