Tartan tennis teams secure victories

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, and both came home with victories.

The 11th-ranked men’s team was the underdog against 8th-ranked Case Western, but managed to pull out the victory after they fell behind 3–0 after the doubles matches. The Tartans then came back and took five of six singles matches to claim the 5–4 victory. Juniors Christian Heaney-Secord and Will Duncan both pulled out victories in three sets, winning 4–6, 6–2, 6–3 and 7–5, 1–6, 7–5, respectively.

The three first-years Kiril Kirkov, Kunal Wadwani, and Kenny Zheng came up big for the Tartans, with Wadwani and Zheng both winning in straight sets, 6–3, 6–2 and 6–3, 7–6 (9) and Kirkov coming from behind to win his match 6–7, 7–6, and 7–5.

The women’s tennis team, ranked ninth in the nation, had a much easier time against the 27th-ranked Case Western squad. In a reversal from the men’s match, the Tartans took a 3–0 coming out of the doubles matches. Junior Bryn Raschke and first-year Vanessa Pavia came back from a 5–4 deficit to win 8–5 while the tandems of senior Katie Cecil and sophomore Brooke Tsu and junior Angela Pratt and first-year Nicholle Torres had an easier time, winning 8–3 and 8–5, respectively.

In the singles matches, Pratt, Pavia and Cecil all won in straight sets to quickly secure the victory for the Tartans. Pavia only surrendered one game all match winning 6–1, 6–0. Pratt and Cecil, while not as dominating, still cruised to easy victories — 6–4, 6–1 and 6-1, 6–4, respectively.

The women’s team next competes on April 18 when they host Duquesne University, while the men’s team is back in action on April 19th when they host Kenyon College.