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Men's Tennis has rough day

First-year Yuvraj Kumar advanced to the round of 16 before losing to senior Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Junior Photographer) First-year Yuvraj Kumar advanced to the round of 16 before losing to senior Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Junior Photographer)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team left campus on Sept. 28 for the annual, weekend-long ITA Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Mary Washington. Historically, the Tartans have been able to send some players to nationals. This year, the Tartans broke that trend.

Top-seeded senior Duke Miller fell to No. 9-seeded Erik Lim of Johns Hopkins University in three sets, 2–6, 6–4, and 6–3, in the round of 16. First-year and No. 9-seeded Abhishek Alla made it all the way to quarterfinals before losing to No. 1-seeded Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins University, 6–2 and 6–0. Hersh had also defeated Tartan first-year Yuvraj Kumar in the round of 16.

No. 9-seeded sophomore Christian Heaney-Secord sailed to the round of 16 before being defeated by the No. 5-seeded Ben Hwang of Johns Hopkins University.

Miller and sophomore William Duncan went into the doubles draw as the No. 1 seeds. Miller and Duncan made a run to the semifinals before they were upset by No. 4-seeded Hersh and Jeff Kamei from Johns Hopkins, 8–5.

Carnegie Mellon had many quarterfinal finishers. The No. 5-seeded team was a new look for Carnegie Mellon as Heaney-Secord and first-year Kosuke Hasegawa paired up for the first time.

The duo fell to the No. 2-seeded team of Evan Chalres and Donato Rizzolo from the University of Mary Washington, 8–5.
Another new team for the Tartans was tandem of Alla and sophomore Bryce Beisswanger.

Unseeded Alla and Beisswanger defeated the No. 3-seeded duo of Will MacArthur and Ross Silverberg of Franklin and Marshall College in the first round and then moved on to have a swift second-round win over Alex Haley and Michael Milanov of Shenandoah University, 8–1. However, the new pair fell to the No. 5-seeded duo of Tanner Brown and Erik Lim of Johns Hopkins University in a close 9–7 pro set, taking it set to a tie-breaking game.

“We learned a lot about ourselves over the weekend,” said head coach Andrew Girard. “We learned that we are capable of some great things this season, but also discovered some areas we need to improve in if we want to compete for a national championship next spring. This is definitely the most depth we’ve had in both singles and doubles in a long time, maybe ever. I’m looking forward to putting all of our talents together in a dual match format.”

Editor’s Note: Cover of last weekend’s matches will appear in next week’s Tartan.