Women’s tennis falls to Johns Hopkins, Washington and Lee
In a rematch of last month’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championship, the outcome remained the same as Johns Hopkins University nipped the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team 5–4 Sunday afternoon. The fourth-ranked Blue Jays improved to 7–2 on the season, while the seventh-ranked Tartans slipped to 8–4.
The Tartans faced setbacks going into the match, with junior Katie Cecil out with an injury. “It was difficult for everyone to have to move up a position. We hope Katie has a quick recovery,” said sophomore Angela Pratt.
The Tartans were originally up 2–1 after doubles and gained more momentum when sophomore Chelsea Motie won at No. 1 singles. The pressure was on the No. 6 singles match, but Johns Hopkins junior Abby Clark sealed the win with a 6–3 victory over Carnegie Mellon sophomore Bryn Raschke. Pratt gave the team its final victory of the day in the No. 3 singles.
The Saturday before, the Tartans took on Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., falling 2–7 to the 18th-ranked Generals. Carnegie Mellon picked up its first point with a 8–1 victory from the doubles duo of first-year Brooke Tsu and sophomore Lydia Utkin in No. 3 doubles. First-year Abbey Hamstra won her 11th match of the season when she defeated Claire Cahill from Washington and Lee at No. 5 singles.
The team remains positive about the outcome of the weekend. “We were really close in all of our matches,” Tsu said.
“The team showed a lot of passion, but we couldn’t get it done,” Cecil said. “We will bounce back.”
The Tartans put the losses behind them as they look forward to host the University of Pittsburgh on April 10.