Beginning Sept. 20, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team participated in the USTA-ITA Southeast Regional Women’s Tennis Championships. Unlike the standard team format, each player or pair advances individually. On Sept. 20, the Tartans had four individuals advance on to the round of sixteen in addition to two doubles pairing advancing to the quarterfinals.
On the singles side, senior Angela Pratt lived up to her second seed placement and won her first two games in straight sets. Fellow senior Bryn Raschke and first-year Cori Sidell followed suit by also deposing of their opponents in straight sets. The fourth Tartan to move on, sophomore Nicholle Torres, followed up by winning her next four sets across her two games to move on.
Raschke also moved on in doubles where she combined with first-year Stacy Chang to cruise to Sunday after 8–2 and 8–4 victories. The other tandem to move on was juniors Abbey Hamstra and Brooke Tsu, who won their two matches 8–4 and 8–1.
On Sunday, the seniors, Pratt and Raschke, proved resillent and pushed on to the semifinals on the backs of two more straight set victories each. Unfortunately, Torres and Sidell fell in the round of 16 while Hamstra and Tsu made it all the way to the doubles semifinals before losing.
Whatever magic Pratt and Raschke had over the weekend finally wore out on Monday when both fell victim to the same straight set of victories they had ridden to the semifinals.
The Tartans will compete on Saturday versus Oberlin College at Carnegie Mellon.
This weekend, the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team competed in the men’s USTA-ITA Southeast Regional. The Tartans came into the tournament with six seeded players in singles play. Of those, four moved on to the round of 16. Senior Will Duncan took his first game. Junior Abhishek Alla, who was a two-seed, won his first game in straight sets 6–1, 6–0 before pulling out to a 4–0 lead in the first set of his next match when his opponent retired due to injury. Sophomores Kunal Wadwani and Kenny Zheng both won their two games in straight sets.
In doubles play, Duncan and sophomore Kasbeer along with the pairing of senior Bryce Beisswanger and junior Yuvraj Kumar both won their respective matches 8–1. The duo of Wadwani and first-year Andrew Pratt was forced to play two games, but still prevailed.
On Sunday, the individuals continued to represent Carnegie Mellon well: Alla made it all the way to the semifinals to make it to the final four. Duncan and Zheng both moved on to the quarterfinals before finally dropping a match.
On the doubles side, Beisswanger and Kumar continued to dominate to advance to the semifinals on Monday. Pratt and Wadwani to make it to the quarterfinals but ultimately lost, ending end their tournament.
The semifinals and finals for both individual and doubles will start on Monday morning.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team travelled to Grove City College on Saturday, trying to pick up their sixth win in the month of September.
After multiple shots on goal by both teams to start the game, Grove City got on the board first with a cross into the box that beat senior goalkeeper Jacob Rice to the near post in the 37th minute.
The Tartans took the 0–1 deficit into the half, but came out determined in the second half.
Carnegie Mellon eventually tied it up on a penalty kick in the 55th minute by junior midfielder Connor Webb. The Tartans, and particularly Webb, kept pushing, including back-to-back shots on goal by Webb six seconds apart in the 62nd minute.
Finally, in the 84th minute, Webb and the Tartans prevailed as he knocked in his seventh goal of the season off an assist by junior forward and midfielder Dimitrije Slavkovic to put Carnegie Mellon ahead for good, 2–1.
This win pushed the Tartans to 6–3 going into University Athletic Association play, which begins Saturday at the University of Chicago.
On Sunday, the Carnegie Mellon volleyball team played a double header at Wooster, Ohio. In the first game, against DePauw University, the Tartans took care of business, winning in three straight sets: 25–19, 25–23, 25–21. First-year outside hitter Heather Holton and senior right setter Ali Celentano led the attack for the Tartans with each racking up 12 kills in the game.
In the second game against host Wooster, the Tartans looked just as sharp. Celentano and Holton again led the team in kills with 11 and nine, respectively, and sophomore middle blocker Jackie Gibbons also stepped up her game. Sophomore defensive setter Molly Higgins was a key contributor on defense, getting a team high 11 digs.
The Tartans start UAA play on Saturday, playing their first round robin at Emory University.