Alla and Heaney-Secord Garner All-America Honors at NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships
(CLAREMONT, Calif.) – Junior Christian Heaney-Secord (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) and sophomore Abhishek Alla (Hyderabad, India / IMG Pendleton School) of the Carnegie Mellon University men's tennis team competed at the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships Thursday, May 22. This year's championships are being held at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. It marked the second trip to the championships for Heaney-Secord and the first for Alla.
Both opened play with straight set victories to advance to the Round of 16. Heaney-Secord defeated Patrick Lipscomb of the University of Redlands 6-2, 6-4 while Alla won 6-3, 6-1 over Branden Metzler of Kalamazoo College.
In the Round of 16, Heaney-Secord bowed out with a 6-3, 6-0 setback to Chris Krimbill of Case Western Reserve University. Alla dropped a 6-4, 6-2 match to second-seed Joey Fritz of Amherst College.
Heaney-Secord's and Alla's first round victory assured them of All-America recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The ITA awards All-American recognition to student-athletes on assorted criteria, including earning at least one win at the NCAA Singles Championships.