Men’s and women’s tennis win all three weekend matches

Sophomore Kunal Wadwani celebrates a point. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) Sophomore Kunal Wadwani celebrates a point. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) First-year Stacy Chang prepares to return a shot from an opponent. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) First-year Stacy Chang prepares to return a shot from an opponent. (credit: Kevin Zheng/)

This weekend, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s tennis teams both played at home at the indoor facility in Monroeville.

On Friday, the women’s team took on Oberlin College as it returned to the duel format after last playing in an individual format.

The Tartans quickly opened up a 3–0 lead in the doubles competition with the pairings of sophomore Vanessa Pavia and first-year Katie Lai, along with first-years Stacy Chang and Cori Sidell both winning their matches 8–2.

Seniors Bryn Raschke and Angela Pratt had a bit more trouble in the first doubles spot, needing to go to the tiebreaker before finally winning 9–8(7–3).

Carnegie Mellon kept rolling in singles play, going a combined 5–1 with sophomore Nicholle Torres, first-year Kalyani Narayan, Chang, and Sidell all winning in straight sets.

Chang and Sidell were particularly impressive, they each only dropped one point each set as they both won 6–1, 6–1.

This marked the end of the season for the Tartans, who will compete next in February.
The men’s team played host to Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

In the afternoon against Wesleyan, the Tartans came out strong, sweeping the doubles play.
Senior Bryce Beisswanger and junior Yuvraj Kumar won 8–1 in the number one spot while senior Will Duncan and sophomore Jack Kasbeer, along with sophomores Kunal Wadwani and Kenny Zheng, won easily, 8–2 and 8–3, respectively.

The Tartans kept the good times going in the singles matches, with all six men taking their matches in straight sets. Junior Abishek Alla and first-year Tommy Cheng, were the most dominant, each winning their sets 6–1, 6–1.

At night, Carnegie Mellon hosted Oberlin and kept the same momentum from earlier, sweeping both doubles and singles again.

Sophomore Kiril Kirkov and Wadwani won their match 8–3, while Beisswanger and Kumar struggled a bit more, finishing 7–4. Kasbeer and Duncan needed the tiebreaker 9–7.

In singles, while it was still a straight sweep, it took a bit more effort; multiple players needed tiebreakers to win their matches.

Alla and Cheng again won in straight sets, and were matched in that feat by Zheng, who had the best play, winning 6–2, 6–0.

Carnegie Mellon will compete next on Sunday when they host Amherst.