(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Carnegie Mellon Athletics returned to play after a 359-day hiatus due to COVID-19 with the women's tennis team defeating Division II West Liberty University on Saturday, March 6 at the indoor courts at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Played by Division II game scoring, the Tartans won 7-0.
The first point of the match was earned after victories by the Tartans at first and third doubles. Junior Lindy Cornwall (Poway, Calif. / Poway) and sophomore Bin Zheng (Miami, Fla. / Doral Academy) finished first with an 8-1 score at first doubles before sophomore Megan Qiang (Cleveland, Ohio / Hathaway Brown School) and freshman Victoria Tankova (Toronto, Ontario / Lorne Park Secondary School) scored an 8-3 match at third doubles in their first career match.
"I was really grateful to have the upperclassmen that were there today to really help drive the match and guide the new players," said Iordache. "We all really fed off each other's energy which really makes a difference in these matches, especially in our first one back in such a long time. I am really grateful to be out there playing again before I graduate and to do it with a team who has the drive to go out there and win and support each other. I am also thankful to all the athletics staff that made this possible and I know the team really is excited to continue playing."
In singles action, freshman Abigail Khieu (Potomac, Md. / Walt Whitman) recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win at sixth singles ahead of Qiang's 6-1, 6-2 win at fifth singles. Both went down as their first career singles victories.
With the Tartans leading 3-0, Iordache picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win at third singles to seal the match win.
Also earning singles wins were Wojciak at the fourth position (6-4, 6-3), Zheng at the second position (6-4, 6-3), and Cornwall at the first position (6-4, 6-7(5-7), 10-8).
The Tartans return to action on Sunday, March 7 against Division II Slippery Rock University at 3:30 p.m.