(FREDERICKSBURG, Va.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's tennis team, ranked ninth in the nation, took to the road and faced 14th-ranked University of Mary Washington on Saturday, April 7. The Tartans defeated the Eagles, 6-3, for their second straight win and 11th of the season.
Mary Washington clung to a 2-1 lead after doubles with the Tartans' victory coming at first doubles by junior partners Daniel Levine (Highland Park, Ill. / Boca Prep International School) and Chaz Downing (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar). The 15th-ranked doubles pair won 8-2.
Singles was played on three courts with the first three positions in action first.
Freshman Ray Bopanna (Boxborough, Mass. / Acton Boxborough Regional) pulled the score even at 2-all with a 6-0, 6-2 win at third singles before Downing made the score 3-2 to the Tartans with a 6-4, 6-2 win at second singles.
With four and five singles taking the court, Levine won a three-set match, 7-6(7-4), 6-7(7-9), 6-3, to put the Tartans within one point of taking the match.
Freshman Kailas Shekar (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) was the one to finish next, rallying from a 6-0 defeat in his first set, to win 6-4, 6-3 and give the Tartans the victory.
Sophomore Robert Levin (Virginia Beach, Va. / Princess Anne) earned the last win of the day for the Tartans when he won at fifth singles, 6-7(6-8), 7-6(7-4), 10-7.
The Tartans continue the season on Sunday, April 15 against 19th-ranked Kenyon College at 1:00 p.m. on their home courts.