The Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team started its dual meet season with a 9–0 victory at Grove City College on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
First-year Joshua Pinckney and junior Julian Sweeney earned the first point of the match with an 8–0 score at third doubles. Sophomore Nicholas Calzolano and first-year Kailas Shekar then won by the same score at second doubles before the pair of first-year Ray Boppana and first-year Ben Ash won 8–2 at first doubles.
Ash was the first to finish singles play with a 6–0, 6–0 win in the sixth position and Pinckney secured the match win with a 6–0, 6–0 victory at fourth singles.
Following this weekend’s Carnegie Mellon Invitational, the Tartans will next compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament from Sept. 30 though Oct. 2.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s golf team placed second at the 14-team 2017 NCAA Division III Preview held at the par-73, 5,800-yard El Campeón Course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The Tartans carded a round of 317 on Monday afternoon to finish with a 36-hole score of 639. University Athletic Association (UAA) foe New York University won the preview with a 606 (298–308).
First-year Charlotte Simpson tied for ninth individually and led the Tartans with a 155 after carding rounds of 77 and 78. Her score of 155 tied the second-best 36-hole score in program history. Senior Summer Kitahara improved five strokes from her opening round and shot a four-over par 77 to close play on Monday. Kitahara ended the preview in 19th with a 159 (82–77).
First-year Catherine Tianhong Yu fired a 161 (80–81), sophomore Yedin Lui finished with a 164 (83–81) while junior Carly Jordan carded a 167 (85–82).
Carnegie Mellon had one individual compete at the preview, as sophomore Lavonca Davis shot a 170 (87–83).
The Tartans also hosted the Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17 at The Links at Spring Church in Apollo, PA. The Tartans entered a “B” Team in the shootout and finished with a 682 (348–334) to place fourth in a field of eight teams on the par-72, 5,863-yard course.
First-years Cristina Pullen and Shanice Lam led the Tartans in Apollo, as each carded a 166. Pullen fired back-to-back rounds of 83 while Lam recorded rounds of 84 and 82. Senior Isabelle Tseng carded a 176 (92–84) and senior Ginger Glass fired a 177. Glass opened play on Saturday with a career-best round of 89 before topping it on Sunday with an 88.
Sophomore Sanchi Gupta shot a 179 (94–88) and first-year Malina Rufo ended the event with a 181 (92–89).
The Carnegie Mellon men’s golf team hosted the 36-hole Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, at The Links at Spring Church in Apollo, PA. The Tartans carded a school record two-round total of 570 (284–286) to win the 10-team event on the 6,516-yard, par-70 course.
Senior Nikhil Mohan tied his career-best round with back-to-back rounds of even par 70 to finish with a 140. Mohan tied for the top spot on the leaderboard and then lost the one-hole playoff. First-year Jason Folker opened his collegiate career with back-to-back round of one-over par 71 to end the shootout tied for third with a 142.
First-year Jason Li finished a stroke behind Folker with a 143 (73–70) after carding a round of even par on Sunday afternoon to tie for fifth. Senior Adrian Del Bosque carded a 150 (75–75) while junior Patrick Tan finished the event with a 154 (70–84). Tan’s opening round of even par 70 was a career-best round for the junior.
Carnegie Mellon entered a “B” and “C” Team into the shootout with both shooting a 605 to tie for seventh. The “B” Team carded rounds of 308 and 297 while the “C” Team fired rounds of 305 and 300.
The “B” Team was led by junior Austin Lin with a 146 (74–72). His round of 72 on Sunday was a career-best. First-year Derek Li shot a 151 (81–70), first-year David Wang shot a 154 (77–77), junior Adrian Berger carded a 155 (77–78), and junior Nicholas Moreno shot a 160 (80–80).
The “C” Team was led by first-year Trevor Arashiro, as he carded a one-under par 69 on Sunday and finished the 36-hole event with a 146 (77–69). First-year Aryan Chordia entered the clubhouse with a 151 (76–75) while first-year Aaron Silverstein and first-year Ben Huber both shot a 154. Silverstein shot rounds of 74 and 80, as Huber carded rounds of 78 and 76. First-year Jay Milch shot a 166 (82–84) and first-year Jesse Keck ended with a 171 (89–82).
Carnegie Mellon will next compete at the Gordin Invitational held at the Delaware Golf Club in Delaware, OH, on Oct. 1–2.