Women’s tennis regained its momentum after this weekend

First-year Angela Pratt delivers a serve during her No. 5 singles match against Williams College last Monday. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) First-year Angela Pratt delivers a serve during her No. 5 singles match against Williams College last Monday. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

Over spring break, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team played in three competitions, defeating three straight-ranked opponents before falling to the defending Division-III champions last week.

The team started its West Coast road trip by defeating Chapman University 9–0.
The duo of seniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin pulled out a victory 9–7, while first-years Bryn Raschke and Angela Pratt, and sophomore Katie Cecil and first-year Chelsea Motie won 8–3 and 8–1, respectively.

The Tartans also dominated singles with Chen, Motie, Cecil, Pratt, first-year Clare DuBrin, and senior Cze-Ja Tam losing only two sets among their six matches.

The next opponent on their trip was Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. The Tartans faced strong competition from the No. 9 team in the nation, but pulled out a win of 7–2. Chen and Chin, along with Cecil and Motie, both pulled out doubles victories while Pratt and Raschke struggled to keep up with the tougher competition.

In singles, the women’s team again came out strong as Chen, Cecil, Chin, Pratt, and DuBrin were victorious in their matches; Cecil, Chin, and Pratt won in straight sets. Motie put up a resilient battle pulling even after two sets; however, she dropped the third. The Tartans ended their road trip by sweeping the University of the South 9–0. Chen and Chin, Raschke and Motie, and Cecil and Pratt won doubles.

In singles, the team stepped up its game with Chen only needing more than two sets to seal her victory. Cecil, Motie, Chin, and Pratt all finished their matches quickly. Tam was particularly dominant, defeating her opponent without losing a single game.

Returning home, the Tartans took on the four-time Division-III champions and current No. 1 overall, Williams College. The Tartans’ winning streak ended here with a loss of 6–3.

The tandem of Motie and Raschke won their match 8–6 while Cecil and Pratt won with 9–8, coming from behind to seal their victory.

The Tartans’ previously dominating singles took a step back this game, with only Cecil pulling out a victory.

After the long, four-game stretch, the Tartans took on the University of Mary Washington Eagles on Sunday and had an 8–1 win.

The Tartans swept doubles, with wins from the No. 1 team of Chen and Chin, No. 2 team of Cecil and Pratt, and No. 3 team of DuBrin and Raschke. Carnegie Mellon continued on to win five out of its six singles matches.

“It was fantastic, baby! The team spirit was really strong today, and everyone was very focused starting from the warm-up and worked to take care of business,” Cecil said.

The women will play Washington and Lee University this Saturday at home. The match start time is still to be announced.

Editor’s note: Courtney Chin is a staffwriter for The Tartan.