Men’s tennis beats D-1 Duquesne
The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team fought off the NCAA Division-I Duquesne University Dukes on Friday, defeating them 6–3.
Carnegie Mellon teams won all three doubles matches. Sophomore Christian Heaney-Secord and senior Duke Miller won at No. 1 doubles, and sophomore Thomas Cooper and senior Jooho Yu came back from 4–5 to earn their victory at No. 2 doubles.
First-year Yuvraj Kumar and sophomore Bryce Beisswanger defeated Duquesne’s No. 3 doubles team.
The first two singles matches went to the Dukes, who won singles matches at the first and fifth positions, but the Tartans were determined to win. Playing No. 6 singles, Yu defeated his opponent 6–2, 6–4, and first-year Abhishek Alla sealed the Tartan victory with a 6–1, 7–6 (7) victory at No. 3 singles.
Kumar also racked up a win for the Tartans at the No. 4 singles position, winning in three sets. “I think we all played really well,” Kumar said. “It felt really good to sweep doubles and follow it up with a good singles performance. We will take a lot of confidence away from this going into Kenyon next weekend.”
Alla agreed with Kumar: “All of us played well; we took care of business. It’s a good confidence boost as Duquesne is a Division I team.”
The team hopes to continue its success when it plays Kalamazoo College on Saturday and Kenyon College on Sunday.