(GRANVILLE, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team, ranked fifth in the nation, traveled to regional rival Denison University on Saturday, April 24. The Big Red, ranked 24th, swept doubles action on its way to giving the Tartans their first loss of the season with a 7-2 score. The Tartans are now11-1 while the Big Red move to 7-3.
Denison jumped to a 2-0 advantage after identical 8-2 wins at second and third doubles. Then the number one pair of Alex Cash and Hannah Cianciola were able to finish off junior Lindy Cornwall (Poway, Calif. / Poway) and sophomore Megan Qiang (Cleveland, Ohio / Hathaway Brown School) at first doubles, 8-6, to lead 3-0.
The Big Red added to the lead with 6-2, 6-1 win at third singles before the Tartans kept the match alive with wins at sixth and first singles. Qiang remains undefeated in singles play with her 12th straight victory for the season after a 6-3, 6-1 win in the sixth position. Cornwall then won 6-3, 6-4 in the first position for her third straight victory to make the score 4-2.
A three-set victory at fourth singles by Denison was match point for the home squad and gave the Tartans their first loss of the year.
The Tartans will close the regular season with a home match against 12th-ranked Kenyon College (4-0) on Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m.