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Tartans Start Dual Season 2-0 and Win 19 of 25 Matches in Home Invitational

Tartans Start Dual Season 2-0 and Win 19 of 25 Matches in Home Invitational

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team played at home for the first time this season, hosting Division II Saint Francis University for an invitational while competing against Washington & Jefferson College and Seton Hill University in dual matches over a two-day span. The Tartans topped both W&J and Seton Hill to start the year with a 2-0 record.

Invitational Results

  • Junior Danna Taylor recorded her 100th career victory on Friday after winning both a singles and doubles match. For the invitational, Taylor was 3-1 with two doubles wins with sophomore Crystal Zhou.
  • Zhou finished 4-0 in the invitational with a 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-2 win in singles play.
  • Senior Bin Zheng finished 3-0 with a pair of singles victories.
  • Sophomore Malikaa Marathe was 4-0 for the invitational with two singles wins while pairing with sophomore Julieta Ruiz for an 8-2 win and freshman Anika Joshi for an 8-5 win.

9-0 vs. Washington & Jefferson

  • Four Tartans kept their opponent scoreless with 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles play.
  • Marathe won twice with a 6-0, 6-0 third singles win and an 8-0 third doubles win with freshman Divya Venkatarama.
  • Freshman Manuela Van Cotthem won at fifth singles by a 6-0, 6-0 score and combined with sophomore Sarah Yang for an 8-0 win at second doubles.
  • Yang also won her first singles match by a 6-0, 6-0 score.

9-0 vs. Seton Hill

  • Venkatarama breezed through her fourth singles match with a 6-0, 6-0 win while partnering with Zheng at second doubles for an 8-1 victory.
  • Marathe also won another pair of matches without surrendering a point with a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles and an 8-0 win at third doubles with Joshi.


  • Taylor reached 100 career victories in 137 career matches, becoming the seventh fastest women's player to reach the milestone in school history.

Up Next

The Tartans will next compete at the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament hosted by Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia, from Saturday, September 24 through Monday, September 26.