The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team flew south on Saturday to play in the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Ninth–ranked Carnegie Mellon took on fifth–ranked University of Chicago in an intense back and forth match that ended with Carnegie Mellon winning 5–4, giving them a third place finish in the championship.
Despite the eventual victory, the Tartans found themselves with a deficit after doubles play. The Tartans only managed to earn one of three total points from doubles play, coming from the duo of first–year students Vayum Arora and Daniel Levine. The pair won their set 8–6 in the first position, and the Tartans moved into singles play down 2–1.
The Tartans were forced to make a comeback in singles play if they wanted to win, and they did. After dropping another point and falling even further to 3–1, senior Abhishek Alla stepped up and got the Tartans rolling again in first singles. Alla won 6–3, 6–2 and rekindled the fire that the Tartans had for victory. First–year Chaz Downing would even the score for the Tartans at 3–3; winning third singles 6–4, 6–4. Arora followed Downing’s lead, but he had a much greater challenge. After a long, grueling set, Arora won 7–5, 6–2 in fifth singles to give the Tartans the lead. Chicago won fourth singles to even the score once again, but Levine would not give the victory away. He earned the final game–winning point in three sets, winning 6–4, 2–6, 6–1.
The third place victory nearly guarantees the Tartans a place in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) tournament because five of the nation’s top ten teams are a part of the UAA and Carnegie Mellon is third in that group. The bids for that tournament are released on May 9 and the tournament takes place May 12–15. The Tartans are 16–6 on the year.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships on Sunday. Carnegie Mellon faced off against the University of Chicago and fell 6–3, earning them a fourth place finish in the tournament. The loss moves the ninth–ranked Tartans to a 15–7 record on the season.
Doubles play was intense, and many of the sets were back and forth with no clear winner until the very end. However, Carnegie Mellon could not seem to finish a set strongly and ended up dropping all three doubles matches with a score of 8–6.
The Tartans did manage to earn some consolation points in singles, though. Sophomore Cori Sidell won third singles 5–7, 6–2, 10–3. Right behind her was first–year Jamie Vizelman, taking fourth singles 5–7, 6–4, 10–2. The final point for the Tartans came from first–year Mariana Selenica in fifth singles, winning 7–6 (8–6), 6–3.
The Tartans must now wait to find out if they have been selected to compete in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) tournament. The bids are released on May 9, and the tournament begins on May 12.
Track and Field
The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships on Sunday. The men's team scored a total of 137 points and took second place overall in the competition.
Sophomore Jacob Schofel won the hammer toss even with a distance of 49.38 meters. Along with Schofel, first-year Rai Walters was crowned a UAA champion by jumping 6.28 meters in the long jump event, a season best for him. Schofel also threw the discus a distance of 42.46 meters to place third in the event.
Juniors Don Boyer and owen Norley, along with senior Marc-Daniel Julien posted career best times in the 110-meter hurdles, the 1,500-meter run and the 800-meter run respectively.
The Carnegie Mellon women's track team placed fifth in the UAA championships, and posted two first place finishes along with three school records.
First-year Tessa Allen broke the school record for the high jump. clearing 1.6 meters. Junior Grace Yee broke the school record for pole vaulting that she set herself last year, vaulting over a bar set at 3.51 meters to win the event. Sophomore Sarah Cook also broke a school record, running the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.67 seconds, taking fourth place in the event.
The track and field teams will next head to Allegheny College to compete in the Gator Invitational on May 13 at 10 a.m.