Women’s tennis maintains third rank, wins over Grove City, Kenyon

The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team kept its rock-star season going this past weekend, winning 9–0 Friday at Grove City College before coming back home Saturday to bulldoze Kenyon College 8–1. The Tartans improved their record to 17–1 on the season and continue to earn their current and impressive number-three national ranking.

Playing with a squad of six instead of the usual nine on Friday, the Tartans kicked things off by overpowering Grove City’s doubles teams in all three matches. Junior Alisa Liebowitz and sophomore Danielle Rosenfeld led the charge by beating the Wolverines’ Elissa Beale and Natalie Walten 8–1, while the team of sophomore Jennifer Chui and first-year Amanda Wu also won 8–1. In the singles, Rosenfeld once more led the way, defeating Grove City’s Reena Barnett 6–0, 6–0.

Back in Pittsburgh at the Club 4 Life, the Tartans once again got off to a strong start with the doubles against Kenyon. The team of Chui and Wu started by defeating the Ladies’ Erin Ivanoff and Julia Diskint 8–3 to set the pace before first-year Courtney Chin and sophomore Kelly Hart won 8–4 and first-year Laura Chen and sophomore Ashley Herrick battled to an 8–6 victory. On the singles side, Rosenfeld once again trounced her opponent 6–0, 6–0, to leading to an eventual 8–1 Tartans victory.

“Playing Kenyon was a great experience,” Wu said. “Although I was third position instead of my usual second position, I still had to work hard to win. I’m proud of the team for blowing Grove City off the court the day before with only six girls.”

On the team’s number-three ranking, Wu said, “[Last week] we almost beat Washington & Lee, who is ranked second, but we have another chance in May. We’re going to have a chance at number one in the NCAA when we play [number-one ranked] Williams, so we’ll see.”

The Tartans next play April 13 at home on the campus courts against California University of Pennsylvania. They also will have a makeup match scheduled against the University of Pittsburgh.