Women’s tennis finishes fourth place

First-year Bryn Raschke won at No. 2 doubles against the Spartans. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) First-year Bryn Raschke won at No. 2 doubles against the Spartans. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

This weekend, the No. 4-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

On Friday, the Tartans took on the Case Western Reserve University Spartans in the quarterfinals. On the back of a commanding doubles sweep, the Tartans went on to win 7–2.

At No. 2 doubles, first-years Chelsea Motie and Byrn Raschke won 8–2, while sophomore Katie Cecil and senior Cze-Ja Tam at No. 3 swept their match as well. Seniors Laura Chen and Courtney Chin at No. 1 doubles had a slightly tougher time, needing a tiebreaker to beat their competition 9–8 (7–4).

In singles play, Chen at No. 2 and Motie at No. 3 both put up dominating performances; they won in straight sets 6–2, 6–0 and 6–0, 6–2, respectively. Cecil was unstoppable, not losing a game in her 6–0, 6–0 sweep at No. 1 singles. First-year Clare Dubrin at No. 6 singles had the next Tartan victory of the day, winning after a tie-break third set 1–6, 6–0, 1–0 (10–5).

On Saturday, the Tartans took on No. 6-ranked University of Chicago in the UAA semifinals.

The team could not carry its momentum over from Friday, and mostly looked tired falling 8–1.

The Tartans’ lone win came from Cecil at No. 1 singles, who won her hard-fought match 4–6, 6–0, 1–0 (10–3).

The women’s tennis team played again on Sunday to battle for the third place spot in the UAA Championships. They faced the No. 11-ranked Washington University, and ultimately lost 5–4.

The Tartans had a slow start in the matches, going down 2–1. The only win for the Tartans was from the No. 3 doubles team of Cecil and Tam, with a score of 8–1.

The Tartans tried to battle back in singles with wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles 6–2, 6–4 by Chin and first-year Angela Pratt, respectively.

The fourth win came from Chen with a 6–7 (5–7), 6–0, 6–2 victory at No. 2 singles.

The team now awaits its National Collegiate Athletic Association regional assignments. The Tartans hope to host regionals as well.

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