Men’s tennis team defeats Mercyhurst to start season

Last Sunday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team kicked off its spring season with a 7–2 win over Mercyhurst College. The Tartans showed a strong presence, particularly in the bottom half of the lineup, in which every match was won in straight sets. After this win, the Tartans brought their overall record to 4–1.

At first singles, sophomore Alex Nemerov lost in a close battle 7–5, 6–7 (11–9). Second singles junior James Muliawan easily defeated his opponent 6–3, 6–1, followed by a win by sophomore Bobby MacTaggart 6–3, 6–2. Junior Jonathan Spero steamrolled his opponent at fourth singles with an easy 6–1, 6–2 victory.

Senior Yiran Liu had a bit more difficulty with his match, but won 6–4, 6–3. “I realized I can’t hit hard in matches. I can only grind,” Lui said. “He kept passing me, and that was so annoying.” Pulling in the last singles win was first-year Jeremy King, with a quick win over his opponent, 6–2, 6–2. With the exception of second doubles, the Tartans showed a strong finish by giving up only two games in the remaining two matches. The first doubles duo of Nemerov and junior Ravi Raghavan quickly closed out their opponents 8–2. The second doubles team of Spero and Muliawan got off to a slow start and found themselves down 4–7. The two held serve and broke twice to come back 7–8, but were unable to maintain the momentum and lost in a tiebreak 8–9 (4). However, the last doubles team of junior Nikola Ljuboja and MacTaggart wiped out their opponents 8–0.

“This was a good way to start the season against the top team, and we’re going to work on our doubles a lot the next two weeks,” Spero said. “We have another month until our first big Division III match, so we have a lot of work to do both on and off the court.”

“Carnegie Mellon tennis is freaking awesome,” added sophomore Kelly Hart from the women’s tennis team.

The men’s team has a week off until their next weekend in action, when they play host to Robert Morris University and Case Western Reserve University Feb. 21–22.