Women’s tennis clobbers Oberlin College, winning 8–1
The women’s tennis team dominated Oberlin College on Friday, winning eight of its nine matches. Luckily, the weather channel was wrong and the rain held off. The day proved to be the perfect weather for tennis; it was 70 degrees and partly cloudy by the time the Tartans took to the court. Carnegie Mellon won all six singles matches and took two of the three doubles matches at the team’s last match of the fall season.
Senior Alex Tapak and sophomore Lydia Utkin held first-years Ariana Abayomi and Erin Johnson of Oberlin scoreless, winning 8–0 at No. 3 doubles. Sophomores Chelsea Motie and Bryn Raschke followed that victory up with an 8–3 win at No. 1 doubles. Motie also won Carnegie Mellon’s first singles match in two sets 6–0, 6–2 at No. 3 singles.
Sophomore Angela Pratt won her match in two sets 6–2, 6–4 at No. 5 singles. Utkin won at No. 6 singles 6–4, 6–2.
“It was great to finish the season with a solid win. We played really well as a team and our result was evidence of it,” Utkin said.
The Tartans were, for the most part, unchallenged by Oberlin. Very few of the matches were close, and only one match went to a third set. The doubles matches were all pro-sets, with the Tartans winning two of them handily.
The lost pro-set was at the hands of the Oberlin duo, junior Brenna Sheldon and senior Preeya Shah. They defeated Pratt and first-year Brooke Tsu, 8–4.
The other singles victors included first-years Abbey Hamstra and Elizabeth Martin. Junior Katie Cecil also won her singles match at No. 1 singles, 7–6 and 6–2.
“Oberlin came out strong on Friday and I was really happy with how everyone stayed mentally tough to end our fall season on a good note. Hopefully it will carry over into the spring season,” Cecil said.
In singles matches, Sheldon was the only potential adversary to the Tartans’ victory, as her match against Martin went into three sets, with Martin eventually winning.
“I’m really excited about yesterday’s results, but also disappointed that yesterday was the last match of the fall season,” Martin said. “I can’t wait for the spring season!”
The women’s tennis season will begin again in the spring semester.
Editor’s Note: Alex Tapak is Sports Co-Editor for The Tartan.