Martin exceeds first-year expectations
The women’s tennis team made its yearly trip to Fredericksburg, Va., where they played in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Mary Washington. The Tartans were competing for spots in the ITA Small College Championships, hosted in Mobile, Ala.; however, the team did not have any women qualify this year. Nevertheless, the ITA Regional welcomed the team with warm, sunny weather for play.
The tournament was based solely on individual performances, and gave the first-year team members a taste of the broad range of talent in Division-III tennis.
First-year Elizabeth Martin played confidently throughout the tournament. Martin seeded ninth and battled her way through the draw, defeating the fourth-seeded Elaine Baik of John Hopkins University in a marathon three-set match 6–1, 4–6, 7–6 (2) in the quarterfinals.
Martin saw some relief with a quick 6–1, 6–3 victory over Shannon Herndon of John Hopkins University in the semifinals.
In the finals, Martin was topped by Washington and Lee University’s Meghan Buell 7–6 (2), 6–4. Prior to the finals, Buell defeated Carnegie Mellon junior Katie Cecil in the semifinals and first-year Abbey Hamstra three rounds before.
Martin was not only Carnegie Mellon’s top finisher in singles, but also in doubles. She paired up with sophomore Bryn Raschke, and the duo made a push all the way to the semifinals. They went into the tournament as the fifth seeds and finished within the top four. In the semifinals, Martin and Raschke faced Buell and Washington and Lee University’s Claire Cahill, losing the pro-set 8–6.
“I had some real tests physically and mentally during ITAs, but I felt all the training and coaching I’ve had in the past few weeks helped. It was really exciting being able to represent Carnegie Mellon in competition,” Martin said.
Senior Alex Tapak and sophomore Angela Pratt defeated every team they played in the Blue Draw for doubles — which was not part of regular tournament play — and brought two trophies back to Carnegie Mellon.
“We lost some great seniors last year, but this tournament showed that we’re still going to be solid and competing with the top teams this year,” Raschke said.
The women’s tennis team will wrap up their fall season at home with a match on Friday against Oberlin College at 4:30 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Alex Tapak is Sports Co-Editor for The Tartan.