Sports Briefs

The volleyball team set up a spike against Washington University in St. Louis. The Tartans won the game. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) The volleyball team set up a spike against Washington University in St. Louis. The Tartans won the game. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics

Women’s Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team hosted two dual matches on Saturday, Oct. 7 and won both by 9–0 scores, topping Oberlin College and Christopher Newport University. The Tartans are now 4–0 on the season.

Senior Cori Sidell won both her number one singles matches for the day and paired with sophomore Courtney Ollis to win at number two doubles against Oberlin and number one doubles against Christopher Newport. Her singles scores were marked down as 6–2, 6–0 and 6–0, 6–3.

Junior Jamie Vizelman earned three wins for the afternoon with both singles victories coming in the second position while she paired with senior Katie Lai at third doubles against Christopher Newport, winning by an 8–6 score. Vizelman won her first singles match of the day by retirement against Oberlin after winning the first set, 6–3. The junior then won 3–6, 6–0, 10–8 against her Christopher Newport opponent.

Sophomore Vinaya Rao and first-year Melissa Strome, who recently won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Doubles Championship, paired up to win 8–3 in the number one position against Oberlin and 8–6 in the second position against Christopher Newport. Rao also picked up a singles victory against Christopher Newport by a 6–1, 6–2 score in the third position. Lai, first-year Hannah Rosenfield, and first-year Alex Iordache each contributed to the wins with two singles victories for the afternoon.

As a team, the Tartans have finished the fall season but Rao and Strome will continue action at the ITA Oracle Cup in Rome, GA, from Friday, Oct. 13 to Sunday, Oct. 15.

Men’s Tennis

The ITA Southeast Regional Singles Championship was played at Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday, Oct. 3 with junior Daniel Levine facing first-year Ray Boppana for the title.

Levine and Boppana earned the championship appearance after getting semifinal wins on Monday, Oct. 2 on the campus of the University of Mary Washington where the tournament was hosted.

In the championship match, Levine defeated Boppana by a 6–1, 6–4 score. The junior will now play in the ITA Oracle Cup with the rest of the regional winners on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15 in Rome, GA.

Women’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon women’s cross country team hosted the Carnegie Mellon Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Invitational on an unseasonably warm October morning. The Tartans finished fifth, and were the top Division III team, while Division I Duquesne University won the meet with the University of Pittsburgh placing second.

Sophomore Abigail Levine was the first to cross the finish line for the Tartans as she did so in sixth place in a time of 18:52.6. Sophomore Kate Reilly was second for the Tartans and 19th overall when she finished in 19:41.5. Senior Rhiannon Farney closed the 5k race in 20:13.2 and 35th overall while first-year Parvathi Meyyappan was 39th overall in 20:27.1.

Junior Allison Scibisz placed fifth for the Tartans and was 52nd overall in 20:53.4 with junior Alice Duan and sophomore Valerie Collins finishing 55th and 56th, respectively, in 20:58.9 and 21:00.9.

The Tartans will next compete at the Rowan Inter-Regional Invitational in Glassboro, New Jersey on Saturday, Oct. 14. The race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Men’s Cross Country

The Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team finished second at its home Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, behind Division II Shippensburg University.

Junior Andrew Harter led the Tartans with a seventh-place finish in 26:24.4. Junior Jared Moore was five seconds behind him placing ninth overall while junior Kevin Cory finished third for the Tartans and 11th overall in 26:26.5.

Junior Jacob Halasowski was next to finish for the Tartans in 26:46.5 in 14th place with sophomore Josh Kalapos on his heels in 15th place in 26:47.5. Sophomore Hunter Hartshorne and first-year Matt Karee closed out the top seven for the Tartans, finishing 18th and 20th overall with times of 26:56.4 and 27:00.5.

The Tartans will return to the race course on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Rowan Inter-Regional Invitational in Glassboro, NJ. The men’s race is set to start at 11:45 a.m.

Men’s Golf

The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team competed in the final round of the 54-hole Gordin Collegiate Classic hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University at the Deleware Golf Club in Deleware, OH on Monday afternoon. The Tartans carded their best round of the classic on Monday with a 294 to finish with a 911 (313–304–294) on the par 71, 6,562-yard course.

First-year Jason Li fired the teams lowest round of the 54-hole event on Monday with a one-under par 70. Li tied for 21st overall with a 224 (78–76–70). Finishing a stroke ahead of the first-year was senior Nikhil Mohan with a 223 (79–72–72) and placed tied for 18th individually.

First-years Derek Li and Aryan Chordia ended with a 234 (76–83–75) and 239 (83–79–77) while first-year Trevor Arashiro closed the classic with a 242 (80–77–85).

The Tartans competed on the first day of the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational in Flowery Branch, GA on Saturday, Oct. 7. The 36-hole event is being played at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club with par 72. Event organizers decided to play 27-holes on Saturday with heavy rains slated for Sunday’s final day of competition from Tropical Storm Nate.

Carnegie Mellon carded a team score of 296 in the opening round and was in seventh-place in a field of 18 teams following 18-holes. Through the first nine holes of the second round the Tartans were three-under par for the round and moved up two spots to fifth in the team standings.
The Tartans were led by junior Patrick Tan who is three-under par through 27 holes. He carded a one-under round of 71 in the opening 18 and is two-under through nine holes in the final round. He is in a tie for sixth place in a field of 102 golfers.

Li opened play with a two-under par 70 and is even through the first nine of the second round. Arashiro carded an opening round of one-over par 73 and is one-under for round two.

Mohan turned in an 82 before beginning his second round firing even-par while senior Adrian Del Bosque shot an 83 and is plus-five through nine.

The Tartans had one individual enter the invitational, as first-year Jason Folker carded a round of 80 and is plus-11 through nine holes of round two.

Women’s Golf

The Carnegie Mellon women’s golf team placed second in a field of 13 teams at the Generals Invitational hosted by Washington & Lee University Tuesday. The Tartans shot a 628 (320–308) at the par 72 Lexington Country Club which tied them with the host. The two-round score of 628 is the best in the program’s history and the 308 the Tartans carded on Tuesday sets a school record for the lowest 18-hole round. Methodist University won the invitational with a score of 625 (311–314).

Senior Summer Kitahara led the Tartans with a 154 after carding rounds of 78 and 76 to place third individually in a field of 71 golfers. First-year Charlotte Simpson placed sixth overall finishing a stroke behind Kitahara with a 155 (77–78). Four strokes behind Simpson was junior Carly Jordan tied for ninth with a 159 (80–79). Jordan’s round of 79 on Tuesday marked a season-best.

Sophomore Yedin Lui improved 10 strokes in the second round to shoot a 160 (85–75), as her round of three-over par 75 on Tuesday marked a personal-best. First-year Catherine Tianhong Yu ended the event with a 169 (86–83).

The Tartans had one individual enter the invitational, as sophomore Lavonca Davis shot a 169 (86–83).

Carnegie Mellon will compete in the NYU Invitational at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, NJ, on Oct. 14–15.


The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team, ranked 10th nationally, finished University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin play on Sunday, with a 3–1 (25–23, 19–25, 25–19, 25–16) victory over 18th-ranked Washington University in Cleveland on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The Tartans are now 18–1 and 2–1 in UAA play while the Bears move to 10–6, 2–1.

Junior Lauren Mueller led the offense with 17 kills while seniors Eliza Donohue and Heather Holton totaled 15 and 13, respectively.

Sophomore Maia So-Holloway led the Cardinal and Gray with 35 assists, followed by junior Amanda Thiele with 17.

Defensively, sophomore Kayla Yew recorded 24 digs and Mueller had 13. At the net, Donohue recorded four block assists and Holton had three.

The Tartans will have a week off before returning to UAA play on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the University of Chicago. Carnegie Mellon will open the second round robin against the University of Chicago at 12:30 p.m.