Women’s tennis plays three matches at home; men play two away

Playing four matches in six days, the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team faced the University of Pittsburgh, Denison University, the University of Mary Washington, and Kenyon College. The women lost their first three matches before rallying to defeat Kenyon yesterday afternoon. After the week, the Tartans’ season record stands at 8–7.

On Tuesday, the women’s tennis team hosted Pitt, falling to the Panthers 7–2. By defeating the Tartans, the Panthers improved their record to 8–3.

The Tartans’ two wins came in the singles competition. Junior Mona Iyer won the second singles match, defeating Panthers player Carlie Smith 7–6 (5), 3–6, 13–11. Fellow junior Samantha Schultz won her singles match against Christie D’Achille 5–7, 6–4, 10–4.

The women’s team suffered another loss at home on Thursday to 13th-ranked Denison. The Big Red won four of the six singles matches, and two of the three doubles matches, to secure a 6–3 win. The win moved Denison to 7–3 for the season.
Once again, Iyer won the second singles match by defeating Denison player Marta Drane 7–6 (8–6), 6–1. First-year Alisa Liebowitz overpowered Denison opponent Whitney Block 6–2, 6–3 in singles competition.

Iyer teamed up with senior Amy Staloch to win the first doubles competition over Drane and Block 8–1.

The Tartans’ luck refused to turn on Saturday, as the women’s tennis team lost yet another close match at home to Mary Washington 5–4. With the win, Mary Washington increased its record to 10–2.

Staloch, Iyer, and Liebowitz all won their singles matches for the Tartans. Staloch overtook Stephanie Kurti in the first singles match 6–2, 6–0, Iyer defeated Becky Morse-Karzen in the second singles match 6–3, 6–3, and Liebowitz won the fourth singles match 6–3, 2–6, 7–5 over Natalia Fugate.

Iyer and Staloch secured Carnegie Mellon’s only victory in the doubles competition with an 8–4 win over Morse-Karzen and Kurti.

On Sunday, the Tartans finally pulled out a win, defeating 28th-ranked Kenyon 7–2.

The women’s team will next host Mercyhurst College on Wednesday. The matches will begin at 3 p.m.

The men’s team also played Denison and Kenyon, winning both matches. The wins increased the Tartans’ season record to 15–3.

The men’s tennis team traveled to Greenville, Ohio on Wednesday to play Denison, defeating the Big Red 5–4. With the loss, Denison dropped to 4–4 for the season.

First-year James Muliawan defeated his Denison opponent, Randy Lofgren, in the number-one singles match 3–6, 6–3, 6–3. First-year Jon Spero and sophomore Yiran Liu also won their singles matches by scores of 7–5, 6–3 and 6–3, 6–1, respectively.
Junior Andrew Clearfield defeated Denison player Kevin Newman 6–0, 6–2, and senior Jordan Koslosky overtook Charlie Poe 6–4, 6–3 to secure the Tartans’ win.

The Tartans tacked on another win on Sunday when they defeated Kenyon 5–4 in another close match.

The men’s team will take a week off before traveling to Grove City College on Tuesday, April 10.