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Tennis team begins spring season

The women's tennis team opened its spring season Feb. 8 against Slippery Rock University, while the men opened Feb. 2 against West Virginia Wesleyan College. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Assistant Photo Editor) The women's tennis team opened its spring season Feb. 8 against Slippery Rock University, while the men opened Feb. 2 against West Virginia Wesleyan College. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Assistant Photo Editor)

Carnegie Mellon’s varsity tennis team has made quite the racket in recent weeks. The nationally ranked men's squad is undefeated with a 6–0 record, as the team’s spring portion of the season has officially begun.

Yesterday, the women’s team defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania 8–1. The team went 3–0 in doubles with wins from junior Katie Cecil and sophomore Angela Pratt, sophomores Bryn Raschke and Chelsea Motie, and first-years Abbey Hamstra and Brooke Tsu.

The match also benefited from singles victories from Cecil, Motie, Pratt, Hamstra, and sophomore Lydia Utkin.

“This weekend was a really good test for our team and a great way to prepare for the indoor championship,” Hamstra said.

While the women celebrated the win, the men’s team continued its undefeated streak with a 7–2 victory over the Stevens Institute of Technology. Sophomore Bryce Beisswanger and first-year Abhishek Alla won the first match of the day against the Stevens Tech No. 3 doubles pair. After Stevens Tech tied the match, sophomores Christian Heaney-Secord and Thomas Cooper paired to win at No. 2 doubles in a tiebreaker 9–8.

Senior Harsha Rao gave the Tartans a 3–1 advantage with his win in singles play, and Alla followed with another singles win.

Senior Duke Miller sealed the win for the Tartans with his singles victory. First-years Yuvraj Kumar and Kosuke Hasegawa also won for Carnegie Mellon.

On Sunday, the men’s tennis team defeated Haverford College 6–3. Although the team encountered three losses in doubles matches, the men rallied back with stellar singles matches. Alla, Miller, Hasegawa, senior Jooho Yu, and Heaney-Secord all sealed victories for the Tartans to remain undefeated.

Unfortunately, the women’s team faced tough competition just the day before against eighth-ranked Division II California University of Pennsylvania and fell 6–3. Tsu and Hamstra won their doubles matches, while Hamstra and Pratt each won their singles matches against Cal U.

On Feb. 9, the men’s team defeated Division I Bucknell University. Beisswanger and Alla won 8–4 in doubles play to give the Tartans an excellent start. Kumar, Miller, and Rao all won in singles to contribute to the 5–4 victory.

"We've had a few great wins for the guys' team, which is especially important going into some tough spring break competition in California," Kumar said of the team's victories.

The day before, the women’s team took down Slippery Rock University in a 9–0 victory. The ladies won all of their singles and doubles matches to win on their home court. On the doubles side, Cecil paired with Pratt to win 8–0 against the No. 1 doubles team from Slippery Rock. Motie and Hamstra also won their doubles match against the No. 2 team.

Cecil, Motie, Martin, Pratt, Hamstra, and senior Alex Tapak all won their respective singles matches to contribute to a resounding Tartan victory.

The tennis team heads to Skidmore College on March 1 for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Team Indoor National Championship.