Tartans Start Season at Kenyon Invitational
(GAMBIER, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team traveled to Gambier, Ohio, for the Kenyon College Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11 to open its 2022-23 season.
- Six Tartans went 2-0 in singles play.
- Freshmen Divya Venkatarama, Manuela Van Cotthem and Anika Joshi each went unbeaten in singles in their collegiate debut for the Cardinal and Gray.
- Venkatarama opened play with a straight-set victory over UAA counterpart Radha Patel of Case Western Reserve. She then topped Katy Graydon of Division II IUP.
- Van Cotthem defeated Asha Shukla of Case Western Reserve and Lalasa Nagireddy of Kenyon.
- Joshi recorded wins over Janaki Jagannathan of Wooster and Lillia Walter of Otterbein.
- Bin Zheng started her senior campaign with a 2-0 mark defeating Sarah Robertson of Denison and Joanna Stralka of IUP.
- Sophomores Zoe Angell and Malikaa Marathe also compiled a 2-0 mark. Angell started with a win over Monique Braul of Denison before closing play with a decision over Lydia Vlachou of IUP. Marathe began play defeating Anna Kan of Case Western Reserve and then topped John Carroll's Morgan Dobos.
- Four Tartan double tandems collected wins over the weekend.
- Zheng teamed with sophomore Sarah Yang to defeat Shadia Amado Aguad and Eleni Lazaridou of Kenyon by the score of 8-5.
- Van Cotthem and Joshi won an 8-6 match over Marta Laska and Anna Pastore of Oberlin.
- Sophomore Simran Bedi partnered with Marathe for a win over Asha Shukla and Katalina Wang of Case Western Reserve.
- The Tartans' final doubles win came from the duo of Angell and Venkatarama as they downed Laska and Pastore.
Thoughts From Head Coach Andrew Girard
- "We obtained invaluable experience with some critical early season matches and had a phenomenal weekend towards building team comradery."
- Zheng reached 100 career victories in 140 career matches, becoming the 10th fastest women's player to reach the milestone in school history.
- The Tartans will host their annual invitational this weekend, September 16-17.