Men’s tennis wavers

It was an up-and-down weekend for the 19th-ranked men’s tennis team as they went on the road to face upper division

On Saturday, the Tartans held a semi-home game against Division II opponent West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) in Monroeville, Pa.

The Tartans were the all-around better team as they systematically crushed WVWC 9–0. Of the six singles matches, only junior Will Duncan needed a third set to get his victory.

None of the other singles players let an opponent register more than four points.

For doubles, it was more of the same with the top two pairings each winning 8–2.

Sunday was a different story as Carnegie Mellon traveled to Boardman, Ohio to face Division I Youngstown State University.

Facing a Division I school caused problems for the Tartans, and they ultimately fell 5–2, as all three doubles matches are counted for one point in Division I scoring.

“Our doubles also needs some work but it’s improved tremendously from the fall season,” first-year Kenny Zheng said in an email.

The only Tartan points in singles play came from two first-years. Zheng won in straight sets 6–3 and 6–2, but first-year Kunal Wadwani required a bit more effort.

For doubles, the Tartans had a chance to steal the point with their first pairing winning, but both other pairings fell in tiebreakers.

“An adjustment we’ll have to make in future matches is to start off with more energy as the lack of energy really hurt us in the beginning of the Youngstown match,” Zheng said in the email.

This was a tough weekend for the Tartans, but this experience against tougher upper division opponents will hopefully come in handy as the team prepares for the heart of its schedule and, ultimately, the University Athletic Association Championships in late April.

“We’ve got a few big matches coming up over spring break. We have a lot of work to do but we’re excited for the opportunity to play some of the top teams in the country,” Zheng said.