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Women’s tennis takes down No. 4 Washington and Lee

Senior Cze-ja Tam clinched the fifth win for the Tartans in their 5–4 victory over Washington and Lee. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) Senior Cze-ja Tam clinched the fifth win for the Tartans in their 5–4 victory over Washington and Lee. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

The No. 5 ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team hosted the No. 4 ranked Washington and Lee Generals on Saturday. After losing their last encounter with Washington and Lee 5–4 in the finals of the ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship, the Tartans turned the tables and defeated the Generals 5–4 at home.

The Tartans split their first two double games. First-years Chelsea Motie and Bryn Raschke won 8–3, but sophomore Katie Cecil and first-year Angela Pratt suffered a tough loss 8–4.

The final doubles win came from the No. 1 pair, seniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin. They fell behind 6–3 before making a run to win 9–7. This gave the Tartans a 2–1 advantage going into singles play.

The women’s tennis team sealed their victory winning the first three singles matches. First, Motie won in straight sets 6–1, 6–2. Next, Pratt won in straight sets, but had a slightly harder time. She needed to go to a tiebreaker in the first set for a 7–6 victory before winning the second set 6–4.

Finally, senior Cze-Ja Tam clinched the victory winning in straight sets 7–6, 6–3.

With the victory sealed, the Tartans struggled, dropping their last three games. Chin battled hard, taking the first set into a tiebreaker but ultimately losing in straight sets 7–6, 6–1. Chen put up a tough fight dragging the match out to three sets before finally losing 6–1, 2–6, 6–2. Cecil also pulled her match out to three sets before falling 6–0, 1–6, 6–4.

“After losing to them at indoors, everyone came out fired up, especially since we were playing them at home. Being ahead after doubles was huge and everyone did a great job keeping the pressure on their opponents,” Cecil said.

With this win, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team improves to 13–3 for the year, having defeated ten nationally-ranked teams this season.
Editor’s note: Courtney Chin is a staffwriter for The Tartan.