The ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women’s tennis team closed the regular season with an 8-1 win against John Carroll University on Sunday, April 22, at home. The Tartans are now 17-3 for the year while the Blue Streaks dropped to 12-6.
The fifth-ranked pair of sophomore Vinaya Rao and first-year Melissa Strome earned the first point of the day with an 8-0 win at number two doubles. The next win came at the hands of the 10th-ranked pair of senior Cori Sidell and sophomore Courtney Ollis, as they won 8-1 at first doubles. Senior Katie Lai and junior Jamie Vizelman finished doubles play with an 8-1 win at third doubles. Vizelman’s win was her 100th of her Tartan career.
Lai was the first to finish singles play with a 6-3, 6-0 win at third singles while Vizelman clinched the match at second singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
On Friday, April 27, women’s tennis team opened the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships with a 5-4 win against 22nd-ranked Brandeis University Judges. The match was played at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, FL.
The Tartans, seeded second for the tournament, held a 2-1 lead after doubles play when the number one pair of Sidell and Ollis and the number three pair of Lai and Vizelman each won their match. Sidell and Ollis finished first with an 8-1 victory, while Lai and Vizelman pulled out a close match with a 9-7 score.
After the judges tied the match at 2-all with a win at fifth singles, Sidell gave the Tartans back the lead with a 6-3, 6-1 win at number one singles. Rao put the Tartans up 4-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in her second singles match.
Vizelman, who dropped her first set 7-6 (8-6), battled back to force a third set while Lai and first-year Hannah Rosenfield were also playing in a third set. Brandeis earned wins against Lai and Rosenfield before Vizelman battled back for the match win. Vizelman’s final scoreline was 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-2.
The Tartans faced off against the 10th-ranked University of Chicago in the semifinals of the UAA Championships on Saturday, April 28, and fell 6-3 to the Maroons.
The second doubles pair of Rao and Strome earned the first point of the match and put the Tartans ahead 1-0 with an 8-2 win.
The Maroons went ahead 4-1 with wins at first and fifth singles before Rosenfield won 6-2, 6-2 at sixth singles.
Vizelman fell 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, which won the Maroons match point, before Lai earned a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) win at fourth singles for the final point for the Tartans.
On Sunday, the Tartans defeated the 13th-ranked Bears of Washington University in St. Louis in the close UAA Third-Place Match, 5-4. With the victory, the Tartans finished in third place at the UAA Championships.
The Tartans had a 2-1 lead after doubles play, with wins from the pairs of Sidell and Ollis, and Rao and Strome in first and second doubles, respectively.
In the first four matches of singles play, the Bears went 3-1 to take the lead 4-3. Vizelman played a hard-fought three-set match that ended in a victory, 6-3, 3-6, 6-6, to even the score.
In the final match of the day, Sidell fought back after dropping the first set to win first singles 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team will now wait to hear news of entrance to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced next week.
The ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team hosted John Carroll University on Sunday, April 22, and defeated the Blue Steaks, 9-0. The Tartans are now 13-5 for the year while John Carroll dropped to 9-8.
The Tartans swept through doubles play with the number one pair of juniors Daniel Levine and Chaz Downing winning first by an 8-1 score. The number three doubles tandem of sophomore Nicholas Calzolano and first-year Ben Ash won by the same score before the second doubles team of senior Jeffrey Chen and first-year Ray Boppana won 8-4.
Ash and Calzolano finished singles play first to earn the match win with Ash winning, 6-1, 6-1, at fourth singles and Calzolano taking fifth singles, 6-1, 6-1.
At the UAA Championship on Thursday, the Tartans won its quarterfinal match with a 5-4 decision over Case Western Reserve University on Thursday. The Tartans move to 14-5 on the season while the 21st-ranked Spartans move to 15-10.
Following doubles play, the Tartans trailed 2-1. The lone point for the Cardinal and Gray came at one doubles when Levine and Downing won 8-4.
Boppana knotted the score at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at third singles. Case Western Reserve then grabbed a 3-2 edge, but the Tartans picked up the next three points for the victory. The first came at second singles when Downing won 6-4, 6-2 and then Levine won a three-set (6-0, 2-6, 6-4) match at first singles to give the Tartans a 4-3 advantage.
Sophomore Robert Levin sealed the win for the Cardinal and Gray with a straight set win at fifth singles. Levin won 6-3, 6-2 to lift the Tartans to their 13th straight appearance in the semifinals of the championship tournament.
On Friday, the Tartans met the seventh-ranked University of Chicago in the UAA Championship semifinals. The Maroons opened with a sweep in doubles and went on for the 8-1 victory. The Tartans are now 14-6 while the Maroons move to 15-4. The three-day event is being held at the Sanlando Park Tennis Complex in Altamonte Springs, FL.
Daniel Levine claimed the Tartan’s lone point of the day with a straight set win at first singles. The junior won 6-1, 6-2.
The Tartans took fourth place at the UAA Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday, April 28, after falling 6-3 to 10th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. The Tartans are now 14-7 for the season.
Washington University in St. Louis was able to sweep doubles play, topping Chen and Boppana, 9-8 (8-6), for the third point.
Singles played out evenly with the Tartans winning at first, third, and fourth singles.
Levine, ranked second in the nation, won his third match of the tournament and is now 24-6 in singles competition this season.
Boppana, ranked 20th in the nation, won his third singles match, 6-1, 6-0, while fellow first-year Kailas Shekar won 6-4, 6-3 at fourth singles.
The Tartans now wait for a potential bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be announced next week.
Women's Track & Field
The Carnegie Mellon University women’s track and field team began the UAA Championships at home on Saturday, April 28 and earned 29 points after seven scored events.
Senior Aparna Alavilli raced to a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:27.48.
Senior Kiersten Chuc earned six points with a third-place finish in the hammer throw. She threw the element 46.48 meters. The All-UAA performance was the second of her career in the hammer throw.
Sophomore Michelle Karabin and senior Sarah Miholer each earned points for the Tartans in the pole vault. Karabin cleared 3.58 meters to place fifth, while Miholer successfully made it over the bar at 3.48 meters to mark a career best and a seventh-place finish.
Junior Autumn Hair earned a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 5.21 meters. The mark was the best of her outdoor career.
Another sixth-place finish for the Tartans came from sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Lindsey finished the race in 11:22.83.
Finally, the 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Vayda Farino, first-year Isabelle Chickanosky, junior Wade Lacey, and sophomore Valerie Collins placed sixth in a time of 9:54.26.
Men's Track & Field
The Carnegie Mellon University men’s track and field team began the UAA Championships at home on Saturday. The Tartans earned 61 points after seven scored events and were in second place after the first day of competition behind Washington University, who has 83 points.
First-year Bram Miller and senior Jacob Schofel claimed UAA titles on the first day on competition. Miller won the shot put with a toss of 15.50 meters while Schofel recorded his third straight title in the hammer with a mark of 54.83 meters. The senior also placed third in the shot put with a distance of 14.20 meters.
Juniors Kevin Cory and Aadi Mhatre finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 10,000-meter run on Saturday evening. Cory crossed in 31:44.70 while Mhatre finished in 31:47.23.
Also in field events, sophomore Fred Dauphin scored points with a fourth-place showing in the long jump and first-year Jack Murphy placed seventh in the pole vault. Dauphin jumped 6.53 meters and Murphy cleared the bar at 3.93 meters.
The 4x800 meter relay team of first-year Arthur Dzieniszewski, junior Mark Moody, sophomore Liam Walsh and junior Isaac Mills placed third after crossing in 7:48.94.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Hunter Hartshorne finished sixth in 9:41.83 while classmate Harry Branch-Shaw was seventh in 9:45.45.