Rock tennis drops first match of the spring season to Carnegie Mellon

Published by , Date: February 5, 2020
Senior Lacey Cohen returns a ball during a match last season. Cohen is 10-4 in singles play and 6-4 in doubles play this season.

Another year, another loss to Carnegie Mellon.

0-13 in prior meetings, the Slippery Rock tennis team competed against Division III powerhouse Carnegie Mellon Friday evening at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford, Pa.

For the 14th time, Carnegie Mellon picked up a win, winning both doubles matches and all but one singles match en route to an 8-1 victory.

Carnegie Mellon’s top doubles team of Courtney Ollis and Danna Taylor defeated Slippery Rock’s top duo of senior Viola Lugmayr and sophomore Lois Page, 8-1.

The doubles woes continued with doubles losses in the second and third pairings of senior Lacey Cohen and junior Olivia Warner and juniors Lauren Fadden and Amy Varckette, 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.

By winning all three doubles matches, Carnegie Mellon jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Taylor defeated Cohen in the top flight with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 showing, Vinayo Rao defeated Lugmayr in the second flight in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 and Bin Zheng defeated Page in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Freshman Pia Bruckmayer picked the lone point of the day for Slippery Rock, to avoid a sweep, with a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 1-0 (10-6) win over Janabelle Wu.

Lindy Cornwall defeated Warner, 6-2, 6-2, in the fifth seed, and Madeline Fidel defeated Varckette, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, in the sixth seed.

With just one match win from Bruckmayer, Carnegie Mellon picked up five of six possible points to win 8-1.

Slippery Rock will be back in action in South Euclid, Oh. against Notre Dame College on Saturday, Feb. 22. SRU defeated NDC 7-0 in last year’s meeting.

The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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Karl is a senior sport management major and communication minor entering his fifth semester on The Rocket staff. He will serve as the sports editor after previously serving as the assistant sports editor. During his time with The Rocket, he has covered every sport that SRU has to offer, and with the lack of sports this coming semester, he is looking forward to finding alternative ways to deliver sports news to the SRU community. After graduation, he hopes to work in the sports writing field.


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