Men’s tennis team improves record to 11–6

Sophomore Felix Hong returns the ball. (credit: File Photo) Sophomore Felix Hong returns the ball. (credit: File Photo)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team hit the road for two matches this past weekend. The team first stopped in Lexington, Va., where it faced No. 30 Washington & Lee University. The Tartans fought hard for a 6–3 victory over the Generals. They then traveled to Baltimore, Md., to face Johns Hopkins University, where they were defeated, 9–0. The two games brought the Tartans’ record to 11–7 this year.

The Tartans faced the Generals with a new doubles line-up. Playing No. 1 doubles for the Tartans were junior Jeremy King and sophomore Duke Miller, who cruised through their match to an 8–2 win. At No. 2 doubles, senior Alex Nemerov teamed up with sophomore Jooho Yu. They had a slow start, going down 2–5, but managed to fight back for a 9–7 victory. Senior Bobby MacTaggart and sophomore Harasha Rao fell at No. 3 doubles, and the Tartans went into singles with a 2–1 lead.

The Tartans started off strong in singles. Miller was the first Tartan off the court with a 6–1, 6–2 victory at No. 2 singles. MacTaggart added a point for the Tartans with a 7–5, 6–2 win at No. 3 singles, increasing the Tartans’ advantage to 4–2. Rao clinched the fifth point and the win for the Tartans at No. 4 singles. He fought out a long three-set match 2–6, 7–6 (7–3), 6–3. Then King brought in the Tartans’ sixth and final win with the decisive victory 6–4, 6–2.

Unfortunately, the men’s tennis team was unable to ride the momentum of its hard-fought win into its match with Johns Hopkins. Worn down by the tough match the day before, the Tartans looked tired as the Blue Jays deftly shut them out.

“We had a great match against Washington & Lee, and we are looking forward to our matches next weekend,” Rao said.

The Tartans returned to campus late Sunday night and will spend the week gearing up for their next matches.

The men’s tennis team will be leaving Thursday and traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich., to compete in the prestigious GLCA tournament. The Tartans won the GLCA tournament last year and hope to have a repeat this year.