Women’s tennis team wins two matches

Junior Cze-Ja Tam focuses on the ball while hitting a forehand in her singles match. (credit: File Photo) Junior Cze-Ja Tam focuses on the ball while hitting a forehand in her singles match. (credit: File Photo)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team traveled to Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., to compete in the Fab 10 tournament this past weekend.

Ranked seventh in Division III going into the tournament, the Tartans won against the University of Mary Washington on Friday and Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday. They are now 10–3 on the year.

Friday’s victory over No. 18 Mary Washington began with a Tartan sweep of the doubles. Juniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin led the way with an 8–2 win at first doubles.

The second doubles team of senior Jennifer Chui and sophomore Alex Tapak and the third doubles team of junior Cze-Ja Tam and senior Ashley Herrick each won their matches by 8–4 scores.
Chen then won at first singles, 6–3, 6–4. Tam (6–2, 3–6, 6–0) and Chui (6–3, 6–4) then won at third and fourth singles, respectively, to round out the 6–3 Tartans victory.

The Tartans did not get off to nearly as fast of a start on Saturday against No. 22 Sewanee, with Herrick and Tam earning the Tartans’ only doubles win, 8–2.

Carnegie Mellon quickly took over the lead in points after Chen won at first singles, 6–1, 6–2. Tam then won at fourth singles, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, and Herrick won at sixth singles, prevailing 6–1, 6–1 with each team at four points.

Chin sealed the 5–4 comeback victory for Carnegie Mellon 6–3, 7–6 (7–5) winning seven straight points after being down 0–5 in the tiebreaker.

“Our match against Sewanee was good for us because we got to pull out a close match and that gave us strength in our team and prepared us for our future matches next weekend,” Chen said.

This Saturday, the Tartans will travel to Lexington, Va., to compete against Washington and Lee University, before heading to Baltimore, Md., to face Johns Hopkins University on Sunday.

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